Performance of Palimpsest by Daniel Skoglund and Kathy Hinde at Weld, Stockholm, at the Sound of Stockholm Festival, 11th and 13th November 2010. Presented by Weld and EMS.
Drawings in pencil. Drawings in light. Traces of journeys, mappings, sketches, networks, rhythms...
The actions of two performers cause chain reactions that affect sound and image.
A feedback cycle evolves as the audio-visual environment starts to influence the actions of the performers.
Graphite Sequencers designed and built by Daniel Skoglund create feedback sounds as their playheads cross over pencil lines from the drawing on the floor. The paramters of the feedback can be adjusted by changing the drawing (making more lines, heavier lines) or by using the sequencers controls, (pitch, speed, synch).
The audio pulses from the sequencers in turn trigger parameters of the video projections created by Kathy Hinde. For example, each sequencer can change the direction of a walking ant animation that leaves a digital drawing in its pathway. Initial projections are traces from previous performances and maps of places where the work was developed. These provide an initial outline to guide the drawing.
Palimpsest: (1) Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
Palimpsest: (2) manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.