Orchestra of Rocks: Not A Rock Concert

in collaboration with Atau Tanaka and invited sound artists and DJ’s Dane Law, Nathalia, name, Shelley Parker, Tom Richards

As part of the Art Night Associate Programme in collaboration with Whitechapel Art Gallery, St Olaves Church was transformed into an immersive environment of sculptural installation and sound. Free standing, simulated “rock-speakers” each radiated the live mixes based on recordings of individual raindrops captured with experimental recording techniques. Live improvisations by the on site sound artists created trancelike, rhythmic and ritualistic soundscapes hovering between abstraction and dance track. The work took its cue from the previous video installation Playing the Cave – a playful evocation of ancient rituals, myth and man’s desire, often futile, to gain control over nature.

 

Picturing Paradise (’03-’05)

Picturing Paradise looked at places where individuals have created notions ‘paradise’ for themselves – these bubbles of existence we create away from the reality of the everyday. It asked if there is a common denominator to what we call ‘ideal place’. Are there pictorial conventions and traditions, which shape our understanding of the paradisiacal? Are these attempts at perfection by definition doomed to failure? The work sought to establish parallels between the construction of images and idealised spaces.

 

Sheets GoldsteinPalm SpringsHuntington GardensSheets GoldsteinHanburyLe DomaineperspectiveWaterfieldVilla OrionHuntingtonSelf RealisationToro Canyonle DomaineToro CanyonMuralHuntington

Picturing Paradise looked at places where individuals have created notions ‘paradise’ for themselves – these bubbles of existence we create away from the reality of the everyday. It asked if there is a common denominator to what we call ‘ideal place’. Are there pictorial conventions and traditions, which shape our understanding of the paradisiacal? Are these attempts at perfection by definition doomed to failure? The work sought to establish parallels between the construction of images and idealised spaces.