Freya is a consultant producer on this project, assisting the artists to develop presentation opportunities for this new work, co-created by percussionist Louise Devenish, composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and spatial designer Chris Cottrell.
Louise Devenish - Director, performer, concept
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh - Composer, electronics, concept
Chris Cottrell - Spatial designer, lighting, concept
ABOUT THE WORK:
Self-World is intended as an installation-performance for double quartet, live electronics and light, placed within a portable instrumental infrastructure built from textural sheet materials. Self-World will be a modular work with both performance and exhibition outcomes, allowing audiences multiple points of access to experience the work.
Inspired by the German term umwelt , which describes the life experience of organisms as a species-specific, spatio-temporal, ‘self-in-world’ reference, Self-World explores how events and happenings are perceived as they are related to our immediate selves and environment. Depending on where within the infrastructure audience members choose to place themselves, each person will have a different perspective of the work, and the events that unfold within it.
The instrumental infrastructure functions simultaneously as a bespoke performance space, large-scale percussive instrument, and surface for light refraction and video projection. This allusive and immersive infrastructure is to be built using a range of sheet materials with sonic, reflective and structural properties, with weightier materials creating alcoves to explore, lighter materials form ‘breathing walls’ responsive to the movement of air. The instrumental infrastructure will be activated in three ways - electronically, performatively and interactively.