On January 17, my new sound art work, Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp dba Conceptual Parts, Ink, created in collaboration my long-time colleague Chad Mossholder, opened as part of the Three Junctures of Remix exhibition at the @calit2 gallery at UCSD in San Diego. The exhibition runs through March 15, 2013 and is curated by Eduardo Navas.
According to Navas, “The exhibition THREE JUNCTURES OF REMIX features the art of Mark Amerika & Chad Mossholder, Arcángel Constantini, Giselle Beiguelman, and Elisa Kreisinger, a group of international artists who have explored and reflected on the implications of the creative act of remixing since the concept became popular beginning in the nineties. The art works crossover and explore three junctures (moments of production) of remix: the pre-digital/analog; the digital; and the post-digital which developed in chronological order, but after their initial manifestation, became intertwined and currently are often reintroduced in conjunction to inform the aesthetics of remix as a creative act in art practice. The exhibition is curated to reflect on how computing has enabled people to recombine pre-existing material with unprecedented efficiency that is relatively affordable just about everywhere information-based technology is widely used. This has affected how local and global communities view their cultural production, from politics to the arts.”
Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp dba Conceptual Parts, Ink, is a collaborative “conceptual art” album featuring my own writing and vocals (much of it recorded using my iPhone Voice Memo app) and the sound design of electronic music composer Chad Mossholder. The work consists of nineteen experimental tracks that we refer to as “close readings” focusing on the work, language, and notes of Marcel Duchamp as well as his influence on contemporary forms of remix practice. Many of the tracks actually remix my own voice with the voice of Duchamp. An exploration into glitch, microtonality, and the spectral analysis of recorded voices over time, Chad and I surgically alter the aesthetic frequency of what is often referred to as “the artist’s voice” and, in the process, invite the listener to rethink the interrelationship between critical writing and critical listening.
It should also be noted that this work is made possible thanks to a visiting and virtual artist residency for both Chad and I at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
List of Tracks:
In the Infinitive (Introduction) 1:51
From the Labyrinth Beyond Time and Space 4:07
Cloud Stream 2:26
A Mystery 3:08
Asensual Icicle 6:03
Measure for Measure 2:41
Another Medium 4:02
Pure Data 1:49
Myself, Revised 1:47
Shuffle Bag 5:37
New Messages 2:31
Another Medium (Spectral Remix) 2:44
Remix Aesthetic 3:05
Tuning Up 4:25