Do you Hear what I See?

multimedia
2013-2014

 

 
 
Music has always played an important role in my environment. Finding inspiration in an art form other than my own frees me from the worries of imitation and allows me to approach my work from a more intuitive perspective, stripped of technical bias.

The relationship between music and images has been on my mind for a long time. What gives some music a visual quality? How can music and images be combined in a way that is not illustrative? How integrate images into a musical structure, and play them as one would a musical instrument?

"Do You Hear What I See?" explores the concept of visual music using a variety of tools: video, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and sounds, with movement as a pivot between music and image.

14,668 photographs breaking down the movement of a dancer were the source material for this project. They were transformed and re-shaped to stand in for the three formats commonly used in music: notation, recording, and performance.

"Do you Hear what I See?" is an experimental work in collaboration with Swiss sound artist/performer Christophe Fellay (→) and the participation of American choreographer/performer Jill Sigman (→).
 
 

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graphic notation

This part of the project extracts the essence of movement to create a vocabulary similar to what a score represents for music. The drawings and cutouts are meant to convey the sensation of time and movement.

The drawings (→) reveal the melodic motif that appears when a motion sequence is observed as a whole.

The cutouts (→) transcribe rhythm while creating a static representation of movement.

installation shots (→)
Movement JILL SIGMAN

recording

In Kinetic Study No.1 (→) sound and images act as reciprocal developers, revealing aural or visual elements that would go unnoticed without this complementarity.

Sound CHRISTOPHE FELLAY, movement JILL SIGMAN

performance

[wp_colorbox_media url="http://www.marienguex.com/2015/iterations/perfo.html" type="iframe" hyperlink="This Is The Time (→)"] focuses on the integration of still and moving images in a performance, shaping them into a material that can follow a simultaneous development alongside dance and music.

Sound CHRISTOPHE FELLAY, movement JILL SIGMAN, voice-over MARIE N. GUEX

Support for the performance has been provided by LOTERIE ROMANDE (CH), ETAT DU VALAIS (CH)