The culmination of a 10 day playthecube residency at Bristol’s Cube Cinema, musician/artist Eric Chenaux (Constellation) and esteemed Canadian film-maker and writer Eric Cazdyn will construct a brand new show based on the research and the visual and audio artefacts created during their time in Bristol, pre-dominantly at the volunteer and artist run Cube Microplex.
This brand new performance will develop the main question pursued in earlier music-image collaborations between Chenaux and Cazdyn. That question was how to make music-video in which neither sound nor image were reduced to the other, in which each component could delicately—however impossibly—retain their autonomy and give themselves over to something else (a classic aesthetic-political desire if ever there was one).
This exciting site specific composition ups the ante by adding two more components: written text and live sound-image design. The show, which will utilise the whole Cube Cinema venue blurring the lines between public and private/staff space, has five lines creating the content:
1) pre-recorded images shot in Bristol during the week-and-a-half long residency;
2) pre-recorded sound made at the same time and space as the pre-recorded images;
3) projected written text;
4) live re-filtered sound of Line Two;
5) live mixed video of Line One.
Each line will be treated as an instrument, which is to say, treated like a line, to be played in accordance with the overall composition.
Over the course of the performance, each line—twisting, straightening, failing…stopping and starting as if drawn by a broken seismograph—moves alone and together, generating an uncanny chamber in which a future can be felt. Although each line has an internal integrity that continues for the course of the performance, what is revealed of each line, and of the project as a whole, is generated by the contingencies of the live event.
This is the fourth in the playthecube series and the longest residency yet. Previous artists are Luke Fowler & Richard Youngs, Liz Harris (Grouper) and Heatsick. playthecube is kindly supported by Bristol Bike Project.
Eric Chenaux plays with ballads, songs, tunes, improvisations, guitars, voices, very small speakers, The Reveries, The Draperies, Drumheller, Nightjars, The Guayaveras, The Allison Cameron Band, Eloïse Decazes, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, John Oswald and film-maker Eric Cazdyn. He has composed and performed music for contemporary dance (Dancemakers, Public Recordings and Aimée Dawn Robinson) as well as collaborating on numerous sound pieces with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady, including Smedaholmen Tourist (with Amplifiers) (2012), forThe Thousand And One Birds festival in Norway. Chenaux is the co-curator of the Toronto based recording label Rat-Drifting co-founded with Martin Arnold in 2002. Solo recordings: Guitar & Voice (2012), Warm Weather With Ryan Driver (2010), Sloppy Ground (2008) and Dull Lights (2006) are released on the Montreal-based label Constellation.
Eric Cazdyn is a filmmaker, writer, and Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto. His work invariably returns to the problem of praxis, or the impossible unification of theoretical speculation and everyday practice. He has collaborated with Eric Chenaux on various projects, most notably a series of music-videos and a tour of live performances in Japan only months after the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. Cazdyn has written books on film, politics, illness, Buddhism, psychoanalysis, and is currently engaged in a project called the “The Worldly Clinic”, of which the present collaboration is part.
Three links to previous works created by the pair
Dull Lights (White Or Grey)