A performance by Essex Olivares, Friday, October 19 at Present Company (Brooklyn) as part of the exhibition "Render Visible", organized by Blonde Art Books and Matthew Walker.

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Video shot by Damian Calvo, edited by Micah Hesse

Drawing from the possibility of translation between image and sound, we created a visual and text-based score inspired by post-production foley techniques. With the consultation of Marko Costanza, a veteran Hollywood foley artist (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Ice Age), cinematic sound effects are reinterpreted as a system of musical elements.

Ten performers cycle through a variety of roles ranging from quotidian gestures to highly choreographed musical events. Everyday sounds are meticulously recreated by a small ensemble of instrumentalists; physical actions are dramatically and rhythmically amplified. A series of seemingly senseless events cue reactions within the group, in an evolving and organic accretion of sound.

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