Nonsense Lab

Marie-France Brière
Ondes
2005
black marble sculpture
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Tanna Schulich New Music Building
Montreal, QC

Nathan Gray
Score for Dance
2012
clear acrylic sheets, black masking tape, amplified floor, effects, sound system

Survival Research Laboratories
A Million Inconsiderate Experiments
1996
machine performance and video

Morgan FisherProduction Stills1970film

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"As its title indicates, the subject in Production Stills is a series of production stills of a film that was never made, and that at the same time is the film we are watching. Scott McDonald calls Production Stills “the quintessential Fisher film”. A perfectly enclosed narrative of its own production: the image is one long take (again 11 minutes) of a wall on which a hand sequentially pins a number of Polaroids, one after the other. The Polaroids depict the crew making the film; the synchronous sound allows us to hear in ‘real time’, their chatter and the hum of the still camera, so that we can anticipate the photos and assign faces to the voices we hear.” (diagonal thoughts)

Morgan Fisher
Production Stills
1970
film

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"As its title indicates, the subject in Production Stills is a series of production stills of a film that was never made, and that at the same time is the film we are watching. Scott McDonald calls Production Stills “the quintessential Fisher film”. A perfectly enclosed narrative of its own production: the image is one long take (again 11 minutes) of a wall on which a hand sequentially pins a number of Polaroids, one after the other. The Polaroids depict the crew making the film; the synchronous sound allows us to hear in ‘real time’, their chatter and the hum of the still camera, so that we can anticipate the photos and assign faces to the voices we hear.” (diagonal thoughts)

Garth WeiserPlayed at Low Volume2011oil on linen193 x 160 cm

Garth Weiser
Played at Low Volume
2011
oil on linen
193 x 160 cm

Department of Biological Flow:

Mecha Butterfly Soundsystem
2011
mixed media

TBA (Teneral Breath Assistant)
2011
mixed media

Semiotextil(e)
2010
wearable theory

worn for:

Imago (Kino-Butterfly • Someone Might Be Listening • Lorenz Security Ltd.)
2011
performance

Department of Biological FlowMecha Butterfly Soundsystem2011 (shown in process)mixed media and performance

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October 5, 2011 at 12:32pm near Surfside, FL

walking to school i saw a monarch butterfly appear out of nowhere. awkward flight — surfacevolumesurfacevolume — it began to venture out over a major four-lane artery. halfway over the turbulence was too much and it flew crazily all over the place before pulling a 180, executing a neat glide back to my side of the road, and landing on flower, orange on purple. nice ride, dude.

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articulations

most insects have tiny hairs on their antennae that help serve to empirically understand their external environments. to the eye, these appear as a sort of fuzziness.

although each of these hairs has a specific coordinate in space and time relative to one another, each detecting perturbations in a particular type of stimulus, they function as a sensory whole. the skin itself has multiplied, increased its surface area by orders of magnitude. and yet each hair retains a singularity within this plurality. what one comes to know, empirically, another has already forgotten.

call this fuzziness a strategy: an attempt towards weak localization (political) or suggestive site-specificity (aesthetic). if i told you this status update comes from fanshawe park road, london and/or surfside, florida, would this be considered an example of the latter?

how do we make the tiny hairs on the back of our necks bristle?

if you had a small enough camera, these tiny insect hairs might appear to the lens as a moiré pattern … … …

Department of Biological Flow
Mecha Butterfly Soundsystem
2011 (shown in process)
mixed media and performance

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October 5, 2011 at 12:32pm near Surfside, FL

walking to school i saw a monarch butterfly appear out of nowhere. awkward flight — surfacevolumesurfacevolume — it began to venture out over a major four-lane artery. halfway over the turbulence was too much and it flew crazily all over the place before pulling a 180, executing a neat glide back to my side of the road, and landing on flower, orange on purple. nice ride, dude.

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articulations

most insects have tiny hairs on their antennae that help serve to empirically understand their external environments. to the eye, these appear as a sort of fuzziness.

although each of these hairs has a specific coordinate in space and time relative to one another, each detecting perturbations in a particular type of stimulus, they function as a sensory whole. the skin itself has multiplied, increased its surface area by orders of magnitude. and yet each hair retains a singularity within this plurality. what one comes to know, empirically, another has already forgotten.

call this fuzziness a strategy: an attempt towards weak localization (political) or suggestive site-specificity (aesthetic). if i told you this status update comes from fanshawe park road, london and/or surfside, florida, would this be considered an example of the latter?

how do we make the tiny hairs on the back of our necks bristle?

if you had a small enough camera, these tiny insect hairs might appear to the lens as a moiré pattern … … …

Christof Migone
Snow Storm
2002
performance and two-channel video

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"Two camera shoot, one closeup on hair being vigorously scratched by hands, other aimed at crotch and legs which is receiving the fallen dandruff. The whole lower body shakes in unison with the scratching hands. A lapel mic is attached to one of the hands and feeds the sounds to the second camera. The mic wire dances in front of the snow and the shaking pelvis."