Maria Papadomanolaki

[Trajectory: Excerpt from Peter Cusacks Performance]

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Trajectory, 2008

Environmental Sound, Urban Exploration, Telematic Performance, 30m 0s, Dimensions Variable


Trajectory is a 30 minute performance piece which explores the territories surrounding a gallery space. It focuses on the idea of using sound as a canvas on which the performer inscribes an itinerary of the visited areas. Phonographic sound, body – environment interaction and narrative, among other sources, construct the palette of a live transmission streamed back to the gallery. The performer's exploration is also filtered and enhanced by the audience's participation using text messages instigating her/him to take actions such as for example to look for sounds, talk to people or take pictures. This dialogue between the transmitter and the receiver bridges the gap between the real, physical space of the performer and the imagined space streamed back in the gallery. The performance is completed when the roamer returns to the gallery and delivers the recorded trajectory.

Trajectory experiments with the notion of subjective encoding/decoding in the process of transmitting/receiving an experienced space and time. Alternatively to its wide use in broadcast and radio, in trajectory the same idea is placed in a more artistic context and it is used as a tool for a modern psychogeographic investigation and live phonographic documentation of an area.

Trajectory was exhibited at the IMT Gallery in Bethnal Green, London as part of the exhibition Audio Forensics. For the performances I invited three London-based artists, each one operating in a different creative field: Peter Cusack ( Environmental Sound, Sound Ecology), Manu Luksch (Networked Performance, Activism, Modern Psychogeography) and Richard Thomas (Radio Production, Electro-acoustic Composition).

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