JANI RUSCICA, ANGUS CARLYLE & CHRISTIAN JENDREIKO
THE STUDIO FOR AROUSING TOOLS: ASSEMBLY V
16 — 19 MAY 2019
DROP CITY, ANTWERP
Launching Drop City’s new home location in Antwerp, artists Jani Ruscica (FI), Christian Jendreiko (DE) and Angus Carlyle (UK) are brought together as part of The Studio for Arousing Tools: a space for sharing experiences, opinions and desires, taking shape around intimate assemblies developed with a multiplicity of collaborators.Though distinct in their methods, Jendreiko, Carlyle and Ruscica each explore the possibilities of working with sound and various approaches to developing works incrementally, often involving others in the work’s manifestation. During Antwerp Art Weekend 2019 The Studio for Arousing Tools will provide a space for reflection, (re-)imagination and further investigation of slower approaches to working, all taking place within Drop City’s inner city garden throughout the weekend.
Thursday: 18-21hFriday, Saturday, Sunday: 12-18h
Jani Ruscica: Ring Tone (en plein air)20163D animation and HD video, 1'45" loop throughout the weekend
A word of similar appearance with two different meanings, either a musical instrument or a bird. It is unclear which gave its name to which. When I think of a ’lyre’, am I thinking of a shape or a sound?
The lyrebird is known for its ability to mimic perfectly the different sounds of its surroundings, not just the calls of other birds but also the ring tone of a mobile phone or the sound of a chain saw. The bird has the leading role in Jani Ruscica’s video piece Ring Tone (en plein air), showing examples of its skills. But the lyrebird does not actually appear in the piece. It features a detailed 3D animation of the bird based on nature documentaries – an imitation, a representation of reality. Even the famous sound of the bird heard in the work is a mix of recordings by bird watchers and artificial sound effects.
The Keel Row (for solo lyre) consists of a framed piece of manuscript paper with notes to the Scottish folk tune Keel Row written on it by hand. It is meant to be performed with a lyre but for the time being the performance has not been carried out. The musical piece is considered both as the symbols denoting it, i.e. the notes, and as sound, the tune as played. The transitions of Ruscica’s works can occur between various media, be it material, linguistic or even geographic. The lyrebird, which is found wild only in Australia, has been heard to mimic the whole Keel Row tune as played on a flute. This is a transition in which a Scottish-English traditional tune is relocated to the other side of the globe as part of the expressive repertoire of a bird named after a musical instrument.
Ruscica’s works are stratifications of various surrounding realities and the meanings arising from them that reveal the pervasive nature of borrowing and imitation. Do we notice when copying and passing on meanings constructed and formed by others, how information distorted in transitions defines our experience of reality?
Excerpt from a text by Rosa KuosmanenPublished in 30 Works from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, 2018.
Angus Carlyle: A Crossing Bell2019throughout the weekend
‘A Crossing Bell’ originally began as an installation for the Estuary Festival 2016 Points of Departure exhibition. Commissioned as a response to the Gravesend-Tilbury foot ferry, the work was eventually located at the point where passengers are about to join the boat or have just arrived from it, the bell hanging in a structure designed to echo elements of Essex coastal architecture and constructed from planks that once were part of Southend Pier.
Installed near the Tilbury ferry within a custom-built wooden shelter that offers views over the wide river, the engraved bell was there to be rung by passengers and festival-goers as they offer their prayers for a crossing (their own or someone else’s, a friend’s or a stranger’s, a crossing here at the Thames or one that lies further afield). The aspiration is that the bell transform the short journey on the openness of the swift-flowing river and suggest other crossings, other times and other places; its un-amplified peals finding their place amongst engine noise, the cries of white feathered gulls, voices and the soundings of the Thames itself.
For this iteration of ‘The Crossing Bell’ presented in Drop City’s inner city garden for Antwerp Art Weekend, an eclectic selection of bells bought from different people in different countries can be rung by people passing through - a means of offering remote succor to those involved in migratory passage. Each day Carlyle will record the sound of the bells in real time, which will later be compressed into a shorter audio piece and played at the close of the day.
Christian Jendreiko: Future Readings2019throughout Saturday and Sunday
For Düsseldorf-based artist Christian Jendreiko the focus is the artwork as a generative system and the artist as its inventor, for whom the creative work lies not in shaping the form, but rather in inventing the formula. In his work, Christian Jendreiko follows an approach whereby sound in art is considered less of a standalone object and more of a medium in which humans appear along with their aesthetic actions.
In his practice to date Jendreiko has developed several approaches for working with sound. 'Lust & Rätsel' is just such a system; a sound system, a “generative assemblage that has been growing like coral since 2003” as Jendreiko puts it. The work is in constant progress, it is an open work, interminable. It is made up of a constantly changing mixed media installation and three actions that progress and build on one another within it, in which Jendreiko seeks to produce a “multimedia perceptual offering” in cooperation with internationally renowned sound and performance artists. Symposia and both private and public conversations are equally part of his work, seeing it it as an integral creative element.
Joining us in Antwerp in parallel to his exhibition 'Lust & Rätsel' (Riddle & Lust) at the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Jendreiko will premiere a new series of works in which he has written a new algorithm for the reading of texts.