Friday January 17 INVISIBLE to perform new audio performance installation TIME CONSTRAINTS at Duke FHI Audiovisualities Lab
3:00-4:00pm: Artist talk and reception @ FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse Bay 4
7:00-8:30pm: Performance of TIME CONSTRAINTS @ Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building
INVISIBLE is a sound art performance project featuring sculptural sound making devices invented by Mark Dixon. Invisible is based in Greensboro, NC and has been performing regionally since 2006.
Mark Dixon is an object maker, reverse engineer, machine acupuncturist, and career counselor for unemployed appliances. He designs and builds the sculptural sound making devices for Invisible. He has an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Guilford College.
In the future… there are no moving parts.
In the future… sound is invisible.
In the future… djembe’s have LCD screens.
But for a limited time only — while supplies last — INVISIBLE offers TIME CONSTRAINTS, a late mechanical age crescendo of parts, labor, springs, friction and disapproved electronic devices. With Time Constraints Invisible, fantasizes a future for Leon Theremin’s 1931 Rhythmicon and a hundred other ambitious non starters that put the MACHINE in drum machine. The performance is a conversation between two of Invisible’s inventions, machines that mark time in very different ways. The first, Rhythm 1001, is a sprawling drum machine that controls percussion via bamboo pegs placed in a revolving disk. The looping disk of Rhythm 1001 creates complex 4/4 patterns familiar in concept but articulated by dozens of electromechanical percussion contraptions. The other machine, Elsewhere’s Roof, controls similar sound contraptions using dripping water as its signal source. Because dripping water is far less predictable, Elsewhere’s Roof rhythms are asynchronous and never repeating.