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Light Ground
Light Ground (201418)

layers projected light and sound by Mareike Yin-Yee Lee (video, installation and live drawing) and Marc Sabat (music, composition). The musical ground is a spatial sound projection of slowly transforming patterns played on two Indian tanpuras, a series of modulating harmonic waves cycling over two hours. The gradually changing tones introduce consonances and dissonances above a deep, pulsing subaudio fundamental frequency. The visuals are constellations of video projection and drawing upon surfaces of the space, paper and reflective materials, shimmering light and ground. Like the tanpuras, the films are cyclic, complex patterns. Movements of sunlight and shadow cast by natural forms fall onto segmented ceilings, floors and walls. Their details evoke a transforming, ungraspable inner world. A second sound layer, performed live, is a composition for scordatura strings (violin, viola, two contrabasses) and singing voice trained in the Indian Dhrupad tradition. The musicians 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. Both media, transitory sound and light, interact through subtle interactions of perception to evoke association and reflection.

Technical Requirements:

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

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
LIGHT GROUND (2014 - 2018)
Mareike YY Lee/Marc Sabat

Kunst-Werke Berlin — KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2016
Composition and Video Installation