With an installation that combines touch, sound recordings and discarded materials, Dylan Martorell will create a sculptural instrument for multiple users in, based on a piece he is currently exhibiting at the Kochi Muziris Biennale in India.
Launching at 7pm, visitors are invited to Campbell Arcade to create improvised performances with the installation throughout White Night Melbourne, bringing the instrument to life with the sonic palette of Martorell’s recent recordings from the Indian state of Kerala. Visitors will journey through a soundscape of morning crows, hungry goats, elephants’ feet dragging chains, wet clothes hitting rocks, bicycle bells, cat fights, falling coconuts, broken fans and Indian instruments such as the Jal Tarang and the Taal Tarang.
Transience, improvisation and collaboration form the basis of Dylan Martorell’s music-based art practice. Housed within the conceptual framework of a musical diaspora, his work is inspired by the ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, climate, culture and materials to become an agent for cross-cultural reciprocation.
Focusing on the use of site-specific gleaned materials and incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY electronics, robotics and alternative power sources, Martorell’s recent projects conducted in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have explored concepts of transience, portability and sustainability.
DATE AND TIME
Saturday 23 February 2013
7:00 pm - 7:00 am
PRESENTED BY NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Martorell’s practice is primarily concerned with the human trail evident in our refuse. To create his multifarious sound installations Martorell up-cycles this detritus, giving new life and function to discarded materials.
Martorell’s installations often take the form of electro-acoustic instruments featuring found and handcrafted elements that extend into magical assemblages of sound, costume and other apparatus and exist well beyond the confines of the gallery.
For White Night Dylan has proposed a performance of robotics and touch based sampling, which he is currently developing for the Kochi Biennale.
Robotic percussion instruments where created with the assistance of