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Elizabeth A. Baker
January 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Renaissance artist Elizabeth A. Baker will premiere two original works: the first a solo entitled OBJECT STUDIES — Obsolete Data, and the second, SURFACE STUDIES — Insta-Meta, which will be a duet with violinist Sarah Morrison.
SURFACE STUDIES, is a series of works that consider the nature of three-dimensional objects represented through various two-dimensional mediums such as paper, carbon-paper, phone screens, etc., which are ultimately interpreted by a performer in the undefined dimensional world of sound. Insta-Meta adds another layer to the process by exploring the reactionary nature of visual stimuli, surfaces are created and manipulated by a curatorial performer in real-time, then presented to a reactionary performer on an instrument — the goal of the reactionary performer is to be completely present in the harsh juxtaposition from image to image and to quell the performative impulse to create a smooth transition between content.
OBJECT STUDIES, takes a new approach to the process, three-dimensional objects are described on paper using the fairly antiquated technique of illuminated manuscript on a special contact amplified surface designed in tandem with a close miking system to capture the sounds of nibs, ink, and paper. Sounds from the illuminated manuscript process are processed in real time through the use of interactive gesture based technology, that at once highlights the preciousness of sound, whilst exploiting the spaciousness of a performance hall.The product of OBJECT STUDIES is a letter, which serves as a score for another realisation of SURFACE STUDIES — whereby a performer uses the description of an object they haven’t seen to interpret the energy of that object through the medium of sound — as such any performance of OBJECT STUDIES ends when the letter has been fully addressed and sealed with a wax stamp. In Obsolete Data the objects to be described in illuminated manuscript are things that have been used for the storage or dissemination of data in the past, that have been discarded or otherwise replaced by newer technology.