WHISTLE, MINOTAURE! 08
7 HOMOTOPIES (HOW ONE BECOMES THE OTHER)
curated by Francesco Cavaliere and Marcel Türkowsky
Artist: Catherine Christer Hennix
"The whole universe can be understood as just one single vibration. All atoms are continuously vibrating, the vacuum is vibrating, the whole cosmos is vibrating. When things vibrate, they generate these harmonics. Each harmonic is a state of nature. In physics, harmonics correspond to differnt states of matter. It´s empirical. As humans, we are reconfiguring them via the DNA molecule or whatever. When we hear these vibrations our system of molecules vibrates with them. You can think of sound as a medicinal tonic. You are exposed to sound as you are exposed to a liquid, and it may change your ground state, and you go from one state to another because you are exposed to this radiation of sound." CC Hennix.
This Summer C.C. Hennix and H. Flynt are making one of their rare expositions, occasioned by the 50th anniversity of the inception of Concept Art. The two simultanous exhibitions present "early works" by both artists; Flynt documents works from 1961 as facsimile and reconstructions while Hennix shows works from the '70s which were left out of her first installation, Toposes & Adjoints, Sthlm, 1976, for reasons of space limitations or lack of appropiate technology. These works belong to a modular array of installations excecuted in a range of multimedia and techniques: computer animation, sound environments, jet ink prints, wall paintings, soot, black light. This array, although superficially heterogenous, is unified by a series of "homotopies" which links one part with another as the result of the action of an "abstract" deformation which deforms one into another. Each homotpy on display problematizes the topological concept of homotopy, some radically - as in the Chaotic Homotopy (soot) or the Oscillating Null-homotopy (LCD, jet ink) where in both cases equivalence is interpreted as geometric identity which already, by itself, problematizes the concept of a "point", the basic element of any drawing or painting. The advanced visitor may discern more than seven homotopies on display.
The sound-part of this installation centers on a computer generated "soliton(e)" which behaves like a "soliton" - an example of an excitable medium which responds dynamically to vibrational variations in the environment as it travels forward in time, interacting with itself in the form of standing waves.
The computer generated sound and animation are both continuously on-going co-events during the opening hours of the exhibition. Soliton (e) features an inﬁnite computer animation, with a live performance of her recent composition Blues Dhikr al-Salam (2003- present) by her current Ensemble Choras(s)an Time-Court Mirage.
Hennix` Just Intonation ensemble Chorasan Time-Court Mirage will perform her recent modal composition Blues Al-Dhikr al-Salam (rememberence of divine equellibrium) which is situated in the intersection of raga-s, makam and blues and is written for voice, brass, sinewaves and live electronics with texts chosen from the Holy Koran.
The composition will be performed within the soliton(e) sound environment. Playing at highly amplified levels through an electronic feedback system the musicians explore live the set of modal scales provided by the composition. Inside this bath of harmonics the musicians extract streams of tones triggering specific moods and mind states which are embedded within this sonic environment. As in previous works for ensemble by Hennix, "Blues Dhikr al-Salam " is strongly musician specific and its form is always determined by the collective contributions of the members of the Chorasan Time-Court Mirage. Five performances will take place during the 4 weeks of exhibition. This project is an addition to Hennix's series of "Infinitary Compositions", electronic compositions without a beginning or an end in the tradition originated by La Monte Young.
The Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage perform: BLUES DHIKR AL-SALAM (BLUES AL MAQAM) for voice, brass, computer and live electronics in a mixed-media environment
Catherine Christer Hennix has now extended her installation: NUR / SOLITON(E) STAR in the venerable tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble
Catherine Christer Hennix – voice, computer, sine waves, live electronics Amelia Cuni - voice Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba Hilary Jeffery – trombone Michael Northam – time-mirage delay, sound engineer
live recording by Werner Durand and Michael Northam - excerpt mixed by Michael Northam
The Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - 14. August 2011 - second set @ grimmuseum by cchennix