12th August @ 7:30pm
On Saturday 12th August 2017, Framewerk art gallery presents an adaptation of Alvin Lucier’s seminal work I am Sitting in a Room to a live audience. Local sound artists Christopher Steenson and Richard Bailie have collaborated to adapt the piece for the unique setting of a bank vault. Titled I am Sitting in a Vault, the event will take place in the old Ulster Bank Building situated at 431 Newtonards Road, East Belfast. Musician Constance Keane will perform the piece on the night.
I am Sitting in a Vault will highlight how positive feedback systems are used to shape our everyday circumstances. Lucier’s original piece uses positive feedback loops as a compositional device. A performer narrates a text alone in a room while being audio recorded. This recording is then played back into the room and again recorded. This process is repeated over several iterations until the sound of the performer’s voice is overpowered by the resonant frequencies of the room; unveiling the inherent sonic architecture of the performance space to the listener, and transforming the performer’s voice into a time-evolving drone.
Systems of positive feedback are present in various aspects of everyday life. Existent in the principles of the free market, as well as in the mechanics of social media algorithms, feedback systems encourage the accumulation of excessive wealth and the storage of copious amounts of private data. In turn, this process increasingly hands power to a privileged few. By using the unique setting of bank to stage the performance, I am Sitting in a Vault will invite the audience to reflect on how endless accretion of money and data, and the feedback systems that underpin these atcivities, influence our socioeconomic world and the present hierarchies within it.
The performance will be held at 7:30pm on 12th August 2017 at 431 Newtonards Road, East Belfast. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of £5 to help the artists cover costs.
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FRAMEWERK Presents: I am Sitting in a Vault | Christopher Steenson, Constance Keane, Richard Bailie