AT HAND, EPISODE 1, 2010
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages
This 50 minute performance involved: celesta, clarinet, percussion, Foley and narration. Narrated in the second person, this story portrays a "ctional protagonist, whose luggage goes missing at the Frankfurt Airport and spans the process of attempting to retrieve it. At Hand, is based on the transcription of a six-part series conceived, narrated and performed in one-hour radio broadcasts in collaboration with composer and musician !eodor Köhler, over a six-month period in 2010. This is the first episode from that series. As research for this work, five lost luggage items were purchased at an auction with no knowledge of their contents. These five items were not opened or examined and are included by the artist as an edition for the New Frankfurt Internationals exhibition.
TACIT GROUNDS, 2010
Art Statements, Art Basel
In Adrian Williams’ conceptually narrative works, explorations of spaces both literal and fictitious are presented as performance, intervention, and film. The physical and symbolic use of sound has been both a tool for and a subject in her recent works. Williams film TACIT GROUNDS is presented at ART STATEMENTS with the tactile construction of its soundtrack performed live. The 20-minute silent film, as performance, explores the possible illustration of silence through sound. The musical composition played by 2 to 4 trombones is integrated with sound objects: footsteps on gravel, tin foil, desk lamp, etc… that make up the analog tools utilized to produce unsynchronized sound-effects which accompany the film. The musical composition consists of numerous scored variations relating to each visual sequence. Score and sounds will be set in a specifc order, and then re-combined again for every performance. The film was shot ff the coast of Connecticut, on Great Gull Island, a former military defense post, currently a sanctuary for migratory terns.
- Iris Kadel
Images © Adrian Williams, courtesy of VOGES GALLERY Frankfurt