Mains Hum. Musarc at Lisson Gallery
Allora & Calzadilla + David Lang + Donald Nally
22 September to 11 November 2017
Allora & Calzadilla’s exhibition ‘Foreign in a Domestic Sense’ features sculpture, performance, photo and video works. The exhibition continues the artists’ ongoing investigation into the politics of language in public speech. In this new body of work, the uncanny vibrancy of the gestural interacts with a wide range of materials (bat guano, copper, ceramic, wax, electric transformers and industrial remnants). Moving from the performative to the indexical and back, Allora & Calzadilla take the social, political and cultural as a conceptual base and juxtapose it to the incorporated singularity of the human voice.
Musarc worked with the artists and conductor Donald Nally on a performance based on a score by David Lang which, at various points during the exhibition, activates Blackout – a sculpture made of ceramic insulator parts fused into an amorphous mass of electrically charged raw copper. Created in close liaison with the artists’ latest film, The Night We Became People Again, the living installation features members of Musarc's ensemble singing in a frequency range that emulates the sounds of alternating-current electrical power or ‘mains hum’.
Performances will take place each Saturday at 11am during the show, with additional performances from 5–8pm on Thursday 5 October as part of Frieze London’s West End Night and on Sunday 8 October from 11am–2pm.
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