Guest curator: Eve de Castro-Robinson
My selection stretches the notion of performance. Each work enacts a sonic or narrative concept, with a sense of heightened ritual, an economy of means, a containment of riches. Bookended by the purposeful pounding of the bass drum in Warwick Blair’s Protest, and sound-master Phil Dadson’s enchanting bespoke tribute to Jack Body, are four works in video format. They vary in impact, from the visceral imitations of Celeste Oram’s funky Xerox Rock, and David Downes’ compellingly mysterious Generation, to the cool surgical precision of John Coulter’s Mouth Piece, and Miriama Young’s ethereal Inner. Repetition, in various forms, is a significant presence.
Miriama Young (audio) & Richard Sidey (video): Inner
Performed by Miriama Young (vocals and harmonium), Chuck Staab (percussion), Mark Dancigers (guitar) and Ken Prendergast (bass)
Approximate running time: 45 minutes