SONIC SOCIAL: SUPER CRITICAL MASS

LUKE JAANISTE & JULIAN DAY
PART OF SONIC SOCIAL
PRESENTED BY THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA AND PERFORMANCE SPACE
CURATED BY PERFORMANCE SPACE
SAT 14 & SUN 15 JUN, 2PM
THROUGHOUT THE MCA
FREE

The voices and vibrations made by musicians and a choir explore the intersection between sound and architecture in this ephemeral performance installation.

Super Critical Mass is an ongoing project by Julian Day, Luke Jaaniste and Janet McKay that engages large groups of individual musicians to create acoustic pieces which respond to the architecture and space where they are located and create temporary communities. Using the simple components of voices, percussion or masses of one type of instrument, Day and Jaaniste explore the aural and spatial qualities of spaces as diverse as car parks, libraries, cathedrals, shopfronts, canals, laneways and galleries. They create temporary, participatory, intangible experiences that are explorations of societies, sound and the “relational properties of spaces”

For Sonic Social Jaaniste and Day are producing a work which responds to the MCA Collection, galleries, and new building. Visitors to the MCA may encounter both the physical installation of performers in the galleries and the compositions they enact. Super Critical Mass plays on notions of reaching a critical mass with sound and performers – a moment when the collective voices merge, and incorporates the hymnal elements of celebrating mass which combine with transformative effect.

THE ARTISTS

Julian Day is an artist, composer and broadcaster who uses geometry and provocation to capture the turbulence of sound and human action. He performs as An Infinity Room (AIR) and has presented work at Whitechapel Gallery, MATA Festival and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He has worked with such musicians as Lisa Moore, TRANSIT, Synergy Percussion and Australian String Quartet and recently won the ARTAND Australia Contemporary Art Award and British Council’s Realize Your Dream.

Luke Jaaniste is a visual, sonic and installation artist, and cultural researcher. He works with ‘ambient aesthetics’ through a range of minimal, serial and situational strategies, and has been exhibited, broadcast and performed across Australia. He represented Australia at the International Rostrum of Composers 2006 and was included the Australian contribution to the 12th Prix Marulic Festival 2008. In 2010 he edited the M/C Journal special ‘Ambient’ edition.

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