A Bit in the Air: GIOFEST VIII, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

Cath Keay (Artist), Graeme Wilson (Composer)

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

    Abstract

    Devised as a collaboration between sculptor Cath Keay and improviser Graeme Wilson, this innovative new work for Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a structured and improvised interaction with Keay’s 2010 work, Hung Sentence. The sculpture, comprising 116 extruded porcelain letters, spells out a quotation from a patient in psychiatrists Laing and Esterson’s Sanity Madness and the Family (1964). The apparent malleability of these forms articulates the disconnection and sense of being overwhelmed that the women describe in the book. Fired and suspended across the stage, however, the letters’ rigidity gives them a bell-like voice, with an intriguing range of sonic possibilities.

    The ceramic letters are played and negotiated by the orchestra as a percussion instrument, through free improvisation and a series of conductive strategies, with a central role for improvising voices. Suspended as a screen across the stage, each form resonates with idiosyncratic pitch, while the grinding and rattling of letters grouped into words generates aleatory tonalities.

    The premier performance, by GIO and guests including Marilyn Crispell, Maggie Nichols and Franziska Schroeder, took place at Centre For Contemporary Arts, Glasgow as part of GIOFest VIII.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationGlasgow
    PublisherCentre for Contemporary Art Glasgow
    Media of outputOther
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2015

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  • Research Output

    The Word For It Now: CD recording of "A Bit in the Air"

    Oct 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

    Open Access
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  • The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture

    Keay, C. & Scott, J., 30 Apr 2014, The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture. Scott, J. (ed.). 1 ed. The Crowood Press, Vol. 1. p. 11, 51, 54-60, 149-153

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Keay, C. (Artist), & Wilson, G. (Composer). (2015). A Bit in the Air: GIOFEST VIII, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow. Performance, Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow.