This is an excerpt of a performance which was the culmination of an ongoing collaboration between Chinese collaborative visual artists the Zhou Brothers and 4 composers who all worked together to create a mode of interaction in which a live painting performance by the Brothers actually acted as score and conductor for an improvised musical performance involving 4 composers who each in turn worked with small groups of musicians drawn from members of International Contemporary Ensemble. This document is the full performance and displays the interaction between the movement and gestures of the two painters and how these gestures cue various responses from the 4 ensembles that are located at various places around the audience. I acted as co-artistic director for the project as well as being one of the 4 composers performing. I worked closely with the Zhou Brothers as well as composers Nathan Davis, Guillermo Gregorio, and Christopher Preissing for well for over a year working on the concept and coming up with an acceptable mode of "scoring" the brothers performance. Each composer took a certain portion of the canvas and created a graphic score in which they would play either written notes, graphs, or even just freely improvise while one or both of the brothers painted in the pre-selected areas of the canvas. The ensemble also was instructed to at a certain point allow themselves to be influenced by sounds coming from other small groups. The counterpoint of these 4 improvisations, along with the direction given by the graphic score, created a sonic spectacle for the audience that was influenced by compositional initiative, interaction between the two artistic disciplines, and chance occurrence. I feel this work represents a strong musical performance as well as my ability to organize and work with artists from various disciplines.
This is a short clip of our live performance at the Audio Art Festival in Krakow, Poland 2008. It is rare that you get a video document which captures the energy of a We Can and We Must performance so well but then again, it's the audio art festival!
Thanks to Marek and his team for such a great sample.
The Victory Project is series of transdisciplinary performances that incorporate image, sound, text, movement and sculptural objects to dismantle body parts and allegories that confuse and conflate patriotism and perversity. Beginning with the inquiry into whether or not the concept of 'victory' is a gendered notion, the performances examine the female body as tool, symbol, bounty, and weapon during and post conflict.
A ten minute sample of the touring version of the Victory Project featuring choreography, object design and performance by Erica Mott, sound composition and performance by Ryan Ingebritsen, video design by John Boesche, light design by Todd Clark, and dramaturgy by Ginger Farley.