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Ditto - Cross Waves #5 performance
Curated by Christof Migone with live performance by Kelly Mark
Concert April 25, 2015, 8 PM

@the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
General $10
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Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series that includes performances and internet radio programs curated by eight media artists representing various regional and cultural perspectives in Canada. This edition is curated by Christof Migone and features a live performance by Kelly Mark of her work “I Really Should”. Migone’s radio and performance program Ditto explores repetition in text and sound.

Program:

I. This is a sentence by Micah Lexier (00:54) (2010), recording
II. You will live by Pierre Andre Arcand (8:55) (1985), recording
III. I fall to pieces by Kim Dawn (1:26) (1996-1999), recording
IV. Get Out Of My Head, Get Out Of My Mind by Charles Stankievech (5:21) (2008), recording
V. Plongeurs by Diane Landry (6:00 excerpt from 40:06) (2007), recording
VI. I Really Should by Kelly Mark (49:16) (2002), live (first ever live performance of this piece)

Program:
I. This is a sentence by Micah Lexier (00:54) (2010)
This is a sentence was made for a group show at the Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo, New York), where participating artists were asked for a statement and Lexier turned it into a text piece for recorded audio. Courtesy Birch Contemporary, Toronto. (http://micahlexier.com/)
II. You will live by Pierre Andre Arcand (8:55) (1985)
You will live piece appears on ERES +7, a CD made up of a series of sound sculptures on tape loops. All tracks were composed with the macchina ricordi, a tape recorder modified to permit simultaneous playback and overdub in open-ended looped cycles. Speaking, singing, noise, and instruments were recorded, processed, and structured through repetition and accretion. The process is one of constituting stratified sound space, multisource song, and the murmuring of multitudes—live. (http://avatarquebec.org/en/projects/eres-7/?k=Arcand)
III. I fall to pieces by Kim Dawn (1:26) (1996-1999)
I listened to songs I have nostalgia for on headphones. I sang unabashedly, without reserve or concern for singing in tune and recorded my singing without hearing myself. I used songs from Patsy Cline, ACDC, Blondie, Joan Jett, Madonna, etc.
IV. Get Out Of My Head, Get Out Of My Mind by Charles Stankievech (5:21) (2008)
I have re-performed Bruce Nauman’s Get Out Of My Mind. Get Out Of This Room. (1968) and re-mixed it for wireless headphones. Unlike the original, Get Out Of My Head, Get Out Of My Mind (2008) denies architecture and explores the unique relation between virtual space and psychotopology. (http://www.stankievech.net/projects/getout/index.html)
V. Plongeurs by Diane Landry (40:06) (2007)
Based on the Flying School installation, audio version released on CD by Merles. Flying School stands amidst empty space like an impenetrable island. From it sprout 24 multicoloured umbrellas attached to different rods at different heights, but always within the range of a person's stature. The umbrellas unfold and fold intermittently, slowly, like a person inhaling and exhaling. While apparently protecting themselves from an unlikely shower, they seem to chant a litany. The plaintive melody comes from little motor-driven accordions, of my making, that lie at the base of each umbrella. They further accentuate the lung effect and, often, the spectators adjust their own breathing accordingly. After a while, one also notices the silhouettes that the halogen lamps cast on the ceiling. These moving silhouettes, projected upwards, resemble a flower opening and then closing. The field of umbrellas moves unpredictably, its vagaries much like those of our climate. The motion follows an ambiguous sequence that echoes the accordion sounds, thus capturing the audience's attention and altering the way they perceive the work. To animate Flying School, each umbrella-accordion is hooked up to a controller that in turn connects to a computer. A program enables me to compose a sequence that makes the umbrella-accordions unfold or fold one after another. The umbrella-accordions are a hybrid of light and sound, infused with elements of sculpture, musical craftsmanship, and electronics. (http://dianelandry.com/flying-school-2/)
VI. I Really Should by Kelly Mark (49:16) (2002)
This work utilizes text, which I had been playing with since 1996. The text is a stream of consciousness type list of things that “I really should” do such as “pay back my student loan”, “drink more water”, “take more chances”, “clean out the litter box” etc… Originally this took the form of a video monologue, and then later in 1999 it came to the surface again in my work as hand written black magic marker notes on refrigerators (view). In 2002 I reincarnated this list, which I increased to 1000 things “I really should” do, as an audio CD multiple. This latest version can be exhibited in various ways such as a minimalist wall mounted stainless steel sound box, with or without headphones; or simply playing through speakers directly in the gallery. The audio track is a monotone voice (myself) listing off all 1000 things I really should do. This work is clearly humorous and lighthearted in nature. I first began this inane list in order to poke fun at myself and to comment on my increasingly obsessive tendencies. However, this work is not limited to being simply autobiographical in nature. The tendency towards procrastination, whether it involves doing those things we have always wanted to, improving self-perceived
character flaws or the mind numbingly repetitive tasks of everyday life, surely this proclivity is universal whatever the personal circumstance. (http://kellymark.com/OTHER_IRScd1.html)