Light Ground (2016)
combines multiple layers of projected light and sound by Mareike Lee (video, installation and live drawing) and Marc Sabat (composition and violin).
The musical ground is a precorded four-channel track of slowly transforming patterns played on two Indian tanpuras. Over the course of two hours, these come and go in a series of waves. The harmony moves from unison on a low C to unison on a distantly related high F and back again, gradually introducing changing degrees of consonance and dissonance above a deep, pulsing subaudio fundamental frequency.
The visual setting consists of a site-specific constellation of video projections and drawings upon the surfaces of the installation space, paper and reflective materials, an architecture of light and ground.
The films are themselves cycling movements of sunlight and shadow cast by natural forms onto ceilings, floors and walls, details evoking a transforming inner world.
A second musical layer is an evolving composition for instruments, a one-hour live performance. The players draw individual tones, sketch gradually moving intermittent lines, curves with bending tones, and unite in a chorale-like melody, shadings which emerge from and return to the tanpura ground.
Concurrent and in dialogue with live performances by the musicians, the installation is visually transformed as the artist draws and erases layers of chain-link drawings.
4 studio monitors and stands
audio playback equipment with multichannel output and cables
4 music stands with stand lights
small mixing desk with 4 channel output
1-3 HD video projectors with stands / ceiling mounts
video playback equipment and cables
Mareike Lee, Marc Sabat, 3 additional musicians, sound mixer
Performers at Kunst-Werke Berlin
during ′Sunrise Sunset′
curated by Catherine Wood and Adela Yawitz
Sat., 30 April 2016, 20:00
The Plainsound Orchestra:
Marc Sabat :: composition, violin
Catherine Lamb :: viola, tanpuras
Koen Nutters & Andrew Lafkas :: contrabasses
Bryan Eubanks :: mixing
Mareike Lee :: film, installation, live drawing