1km of iron, 12 tons of weight, 64 metres of length, 4 metres of height, over 320 tubolar bells, 900 meters of stainless steel strings : the new artistic adventure of Yuval Avital bears the name of Open Fence, one of the biggest sound sculptures ever realized in Italy. Starting from a steel fence realized by designer Mario Milana, the multimedia artist and composer Yuval Avital has transformed this architectural object in an instrument playable by everybody, musicians and non-musicians alike, inviting the public to become performer of a collective sound ritual on the day of the solstice of summer, 21 June, in the heart of the exhibition spaces of the East End Studios.
nI Open Fence, a project born out of the meeting between architecture, art, ethic and aesthetic, Avital uses sound to transform the ontology of the “fence” from a closing barrier to a welcoming opening. Sound thus becomes the bridge and resource to produce art accessible to everybody, independently of the cultural background, musical knowledge or age of the public, giving therefore life to a multisensorial and immersive interdisciplinary continuum.
The sound event offers the public the possibility to take part into a collective ritual during which everybody simultaneously plays Open Fence at the two sides of the railing, with professional musicians relying on complex musical scores and the general public following easy guidelines. The performance therefore includes both an ensemble of percussionists and a Crowd Music Ensemble (the term “crowd music”, coined by Avital in 2011, refers to the ‘crowd’ as a massive anti-choir and is based on the active involvement of a big heterogeneous public that includes musicians and non-musicians alike, guided by graphic and verbal scores of easy understanding): the first performs a complex score of 15 patterns of 5 notes; the second ensemble, made of a group of volunteers that take an active participation at the performance, plays the steel tubes of the fence through a complex mechanism of handles and weights, following guidelines so easy that even a child could read them.
The duration of the performance of this imposing sound sculpture may vary from a minimum of 25 minutes to a maximum of 24 hours: in the case of 21 June, it starts at 7pm and ends at sunset.