Dates Installation open for viewing March 16 until April 28, 2012
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street?
Opening Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Artist TalkSaturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m.
Concert MISTIC Concert: Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Concert? Admission Tickets General $15; Members, Students, Seniors $10????
On-site specialists available for demonstrations and Q&A
Every Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the installation, we presented the following series of talks and discussions:
Plugging In: Talks on Sound, Technology & Art
Saturday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m.
George Tzanetakis: Music & Technology Throughout History
Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Schloss: Approaching Public Art from a Sonic Perspective
Saturday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m.
Paul Walde: Composer as Inventor
Saturday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m.
Steeve A. Bjornson: Micro-controllers and Their Use in (CanonX+4:33=100)
Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m.
Darren Miller: Invention on Invention — The Compositional Opportunities and Challenges of Writing for a Trimpin Installation
Internationally celebrated sound sculptor/composer/inventor Trimpin extended his ongoing exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation at Open Space. The exhibition opened on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., and was followed by an artist talk on Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. The exhibition wrapped up with a concert by MISTIC, who performed on the installation on Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.
In (CanonX+4:33=100), a new work, Trimpin acknowledged the 2012 celebrations of two significant and influential 20th-century composers: John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow. Combining ancient concepts and methods with the latest in digital technology, Trimpin gave new life to an array of abandoned pianos by constructing visually dynamic and aurally stunning acoustic sculptures and automatons out of their carcasses. Believing in our capacity to experience sound visually, Trimpin accentuated this concept with the use of video cameras and sensors to translate colour into gestures that activate the instruments.
In collaboration with Dr. Andrew Schloss and students from the University of Victoria, a team of emerging sound engineers and musicians joined forces with Trimpin in constructing and installing the installation, while developing unique methodologies for activating and “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument. Every Thursday of the installation from 2–5 p.m., there were open workshops with Andrew Schloss and/or his students working with the installation in preparation for their concert and giving demonstrations to visitors and answering questions. The culmination of their efforts was revealed in the MISTIC concert on April 27.
Created by one of the most stimulating and inventive forces in music today, Trimpin’s installation skewed your everyday assumptions about sound and technology and engaged your senses of perception, surprise, and joy in an extraordinary and intricate audio-visual experience unlike any other. For more information on Trimpin, see the recently released documentary entitled TRIMPIN: the sound of invention. http://www.trimpinmovie.com/
Trimpin’s project in Victoria was sponsored by NSERC/Canada Council New Media Initiative grant, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, SOCAN, the CRD, and Open Space’s self-generated revenue.