slippages - World Premiere - October 5, 2018 ...
Performance of my graphic score slippages by the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts - Vancouver, BC
Graphic scores are not commonly included in regular Symphony Orchestra programs, nor are the works of non-musician visual artists: this work will be used to bridge disciplines, and introduce both the musicians and a public audience to the potential of visually & aurally integrated works of art.
The opportunity to work with the UBC Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Jonathan Girard arose from a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) workshop, Integrating Artistic Practice with Research across the University, at which I was invited to present during my residency there in the fall of 2017.
“slippages” is a synthesis of material from researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) regarding the physical, anthropological, and philosophical properties of glaciers. In collaboration with Maestro Girard (Wall Scholar for 2018-2019), I will work with the 110-member orchestra to present a structured improvisational sonic piece and produce a complementary video work with Edmonton-based artist Sydney Lancaster. This video is intended to be viewed from above the orchestra and will be presented to the audience as part of the performance.
A painting-based installation is also planned for the Chan Centre atrium; a 80” x 120” macro view of glacial ice.
Ice contains no future, just the past, sealed away. As if they're alive, everything in the world is sealed up inside, clear and distinct. Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way- cleanly, clearly. That's the essence of ice, the role it plays.
There will be a brief introductory talk in advance of the public presentation of Slippages at the Chan Centre, in which the work will be “unpacked” by Maestro Girard and myself. Both the creation of graphic scores and the practice of structured improvisation will be briefly explained.
The evening’s program is being live-streamed in HD 360 Degrees and made available for later viewing online, and “viewing parties” are being planned in a number of cities at centres across Canada, US, UK, Australia and Germany.
It will also be available after October 5th through the same link.
slippages livestream and archive link