Video of the performance “Making Circles #6”.
Amplified drawing realized in situ.
Coal, wood 300×200 cm.
Sound recording 13’18. Sound diffusion on loudspeakers.
FRAC Franche-Comté production, 2015
«In front of an amplified cima, a piece of coal in my hand…held out at arms’ length, I trace circles the circumference of my ‘wingspan’. The gesture is constrained by my physical form, and the space that it’s inscribing. The piece is homothetic and scalar, the sound is modulated by the movement in conjunction with the acoustics of the presentation space. And every time a piece of coal is consumed, disintegrated, I bend down to take another one from a pile at my feet. The drawing, the visual and acoustic print of the effort that turns round after round. The drawing invites the audience to loose them- selves, to be ‘drawn’, into the flow of concrete sounds. Dust coal grows, both in the ground and on wall. The drawing is formed by the exploitation of effort and the ruin of materials, raising the question of becoming and transformation. The duration of the performance is defined by the exhaustion of gesture and sound composition. The initial performance is followed by an Installation phase, whereby an audio recording of the performance is replayed in a loop becoming one with the ‘drawing’ in its life as a ‘prolonged gesture’. So we are left facing an existential loop endlessly retracing an impossible perfection. This is an absurdity of repetition that I recognize and diffuse at high volume.»