Construction was a one night show by the artist's group Obstacle in Obstacle. The evening included three related performances centered around the role of museums. Each work was created using construction images and sounds sampled from the new Shrem Museum site at U.C. Davis, which broke ground in early 2015. The idea was to visually and sonically create the upcoming museum space within the existing galleries and performance spaces and to join various artistic disciplines into a coordinated series of actions.
- Sub-lingual - a live interactive performance by David Coll using his laryngophone (throat microphone) and an array of sheet metal resonators. Source text provided by Erich Richter.
- The Museum - a comic play, participatory sculpture, and electronic sound installation written by Erich Richter and Adam Carlin
- Construction Sonata - a sonic and visual construction by Kristina Dutton and Aaron Gervais using sounds and images recorded directly from the site of the new Shrem Museum. Lighting and staging by Erich Richer
A live interactive performance by David Coll using his laryngophone (throat microphone) and an array of sheet metal resonators. The use of the laryngaphone broadcasts the voice before the tounge can articulate it, leaving the performer with only a voice and gesture to express himself. Resonator sheets could be warped and manipulated by the adience during the performance to further alter the transmission. Text being (un)spoken here was the original text of Filippo Marinetti's imfamous "Futurist Manifesto", a theme that had echoes elsewhere the evenings performances and installations.
"The Museum" is a multi-discipline lubridium including a comic play, participatory sculpture, and electronic sound installation. The heart of this performance is the relationship between lay–public and high art. Large building blocks, stacked by the audience, represent the progression of creative ideas and the critical forces that annihilate them in ongoing succession through history. Scenes include boisterous and passionate readings of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto (with a large industrial ventilator fan) and excerpts from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. The play culminates in a flood of bright light, a nod to 20th century artist Francis Picabia, acknowledging the ultimate merging of performer and audience.
An installation of Construction performance artifacts and set were on display in the lobby of the Mondavi Center through the weekend, part of the Music and Words Festival.
Aaron Gervais and Kristina Dutton improvise a sonic and visual construction using sounds and images recorded directly from the site of the new Shrem Museum, lighting and stage design by Erich Richter.
David Coll, Aaron Gervais, Kristina Dutton, Erich Richter, Adam Carlin
Object in Object is
- David Coll
- Aaron Gervais
- Kristina Dutton
- Erich Richter
- Adam Carlin