Live Art: dialogues 2


I have recently taken part in a second ‘Dialogues’ workshop, from the series Live Art. Dialogues 2 was a continuation and a development of themes discovered in the initial workshop, responding to several visual and aural observations.

The sound produced  by the friction of a pencil across a support is an overlooked (underheard) bi-product of the act of drawing, a sonic trace that is ephemeral and undetermined. An aim of the second workshop was to concentrate on, and bring focus to the sound of drawing, and drawing with sound, and to give it permanence through audio recording and documentation.

The sound of drawings made by one practitioner was captured using microphone pencils (‘pencrophones’) and by drawing upon an ‘electro-acoustic drawing board’ which passed through a number of digital and analogue sound filters, manipulated by an other practitioner, who could mutate, loop and sustain the source, therefore to make audio drawings. Another observation of the workshop was to examine the sound of drawing as possessing a pitch melody that can be mapped onto a musical scale.

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Live Art: dialogues

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As part of my PhD research, I undertook the first of a number of collaborative projects, On this occasion exploring ‘dialogues’ between the audible and visual arts. ‘Live Art – dialogues’, existed through the discourse of Improvisation where the participants could draw on their instincts and intuitions to respond to the others activities. Using the determinations of action, and consideration, to govern the collaboration, both participants were able to invent and test concepts, methods and devices and trial different modes of practice through improvisation.

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Live Art – dialogues was the first of a number of collaborative experimental platforms investigating Improvisation and other creative processes, many of which will be open to the public to view and participate. Future projects will be updated to the blog with times and dates when applicable.