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時間：2017/07/12 – 22 ，週三至週六， 1-7PM
Time: 2017/07/12-22 Wed. – Sat., 1-7PM
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT: Daqiaotou Station)
Artist: Rory Viner
The exhibition conveys the specific and often invisible conditions of personal emotions and social psychology via the artist’s exploration and approach.
Suicide Stats on Piano is Rory Viner’s composition based on the statistics of suicide rate in Japan in 2013. Each section of twelve notes encompasses a year of self-killings within a prefecture, each monthly number adumbrated in sound, revealing the metastasis of time and space inherent to statistical study. The fragility of the composition enfolds the listener within a narrative of dichotomies: statistics and selfhood, sound and silence, creator and product, the discontinuity of self and the uninterrupted world. In the straight analogue sounds of piano, emotions acquire an acoustic terrain to manifest expressions.
Sex, Sensors and Sound – The Dilation of Internal Geographies is a reflective exploration of senses. The artist transformed sexual kinesthetic movements into sound by attaching various piezoelectric sensors to himself and his partner at the waste and limbs, and streamed and recorded the live output. Each piezoelectric sensor was programmed to trigger a different, specific note within an Arduino sketch after the sensors were connected to a microcontroller. The notes as MIDI data were then sent out of the Arduino program and into a synthesizer. This output was streamed live to be heard during intercourse in order to create a feedback loop where both the sound and our movement would interact with each other- our bodies instrumental, editing our actions in real time to change our behavior in order to change the musical output. The consequences of such emotion translation however alienated personal feelings instead of collapsing distance, creating a distorted sensory circuit.
Through the mechanical transformation and sound expressions, the sensory exploration exceeds the specific personal and cultural territory, extracting the frequency of private desires, loneliness, love and despair into new resonances for triggering an alternative understanding on social fabrics and bodies.
About the Artist
Rory Viner is a sound artist and experimental composer based in Tokyo, Japan. With a focus on unusual music structure, interwoven melodies and glitch techniques, Rory constructs a sonic architecture of dazzling moments of sparse beauty amidst lush and complex orchestration. His current work focuses on synesthesia (the mixing of senses), sensors, data and sound.
About the Salon Spice
In 2017 TCAC is launching a new program series as an attempt to contour future politics by creating a tangible open space for connecting experimental displays and thematic discussions: the Salon Spice. Taking a departure from “body politics”, the Salon Spice will contemplate issues related to social organization and the distribution of political power from two main subjects “sex” and “death.” We will explore how bodies are at the center of this topic, subject to political agency, ideology, cultural symbol, structure and discipline across different cultures. Through a cultural and historical lens, we shall examine how bodies are presented and connected by their representation among individual and collective desires and manipulations in art. Politically and economically speaking, we will investigate how bodies are constantly labeled and classified as heroes, holy figures, witches, or the disfigured. The abnormal, alienated, instrumentalized or body-as-machine figures shall also be examined. These problematic topics will lead us to rethink and identify the real starting point for our very own modernization progress, and link with the symptoms of the contemporary social bodies. Related topics may also extend to eros, gender, identity politics, queer studies, feminism, violence, pain, death, post-internet, cyborg, etc.
The Salon Spice series suggests how to create a 21st century art salon that meets diverse variations of contemporary knowledge production, artistic practice and development of public sphere. It aims to create a co-learning collaborative environment and process for artists and other professionals by building conversations and navigating through research, display experiments, brainstorming, and other artistic communication beyond the form of exhibition-making, and together, exercising the space with fantasy and intervention. This could be considered as one of the strategies for TCAC to expand the public realm and art experimentation, providing a progressive platform for the local art community to explore ideas and intercultural exchanges that can be a part of the public imagination for the art center’s space narration, institutional identity, function and community.