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About Sara

Baltimore City

Sara Dittrich creates objects, installations, and performances using the forms of musical instruments and interactive electronic technologies to investigate the dynamic acts of listening, communicating and moving. She received her BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and has exhibited her work in numerous shows including a solo exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has also exhibited her work... more

Sara Dittrich's portfolio

Arrhythmia of the Body

Arrhythmia of the Body is a series of 20 photographs created using extra large prosthetic hands and feet, designed to disrupt the artist’s everyday movements.

"We are only conscious of most of our rhythms when we begin to suffer from some irregularity."
-- Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis

Trio For Solo Contrabass

Trio for Solo Contrabass is a video depicting two musicians and the artist working together to play a single pitch on the contrabass indefinitely using a two-meter long bow. The extended bow unifies the bodies into one being. In this video, multiple points of tension (hair of the bow, strings of the contrabass, muscles of the performers) precisely come together to create a meditative sound experience. The continuous motion of the performers and unending sound creates a space to "just be".

Score For Room

Score For Room is an experimental music notation installation. Over a 2 month period, the paper floor, patterned to look like sheet music, accumulated the wears and tears of the artist's everyday rhythms in her personal live/work space at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

  • Final Result

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Installed in live/work space

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Detail #1

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Detail #2

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Schematic

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.

Going/Staying

Going/Staying is a performance/installation that uses long range bluetooth technology to send signals from pressure sensors in the artist’s shoes to a kick drum when the artist is within a 1 mile range of the drum. This technology enables an immediate real-time connection with no delay between the artist’s footsteps and the drum beating.

“He listens—and first to his body; he learns rhythm from it, in order consequently to appreciate external rhythms. His body serves him as a metronome.” -- Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis

  • Going/Staying

    Artist’s footsteps, kick drum, pressure sensors, various electrical components / Duration variable / 2015.

Physical Arrangement for String Quartet

In Physical Arrangement for String Quartet, musicians perform a new composition created by Benjamin Buchanan while placed in strenuous/precarious positions throughout the designated space. The composition and choreography amplifies each musician’s body in space and in relation to one another.

  • Physical Arrangement for String Quartet

    Physical Arrangement for String Quartet
    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Physical Arrangement For String Quartet (Full Version)

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Willis

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Zach

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Elizabeth

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Jenna

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.

Cadence

Cadence involves two performers both attached to a heart pulse sensor. Each sensor is connected to a motor which is attached to a drumstick. Each drumstick taps to the individual's pulse.

  • Cadence

    Drumsticks, snare drum, Arduino, Arduino heart pulse sensor, electrical components / Duration variable / 2013.

Personal Meditations

In some of my most recent works I have become obsessed with using doll push molds to create hundreds of tiny ears and feet out of clay. I find the repetitive process of using these molds very meditative. It allows me to reflect on my body and not take it for granted. Philosopher Henri Lefebvre’s text, Rhythmanalysis, has inspired these pieces as he explains how the body is the first point of analysis when it comes to interpreting the myriad of rhythms that surround us (e.g. social, cultural, musical, biological, environmental).

Call and Response

Call and Response is site-specific installation that is participatory and designed so that multiple people can improvise on the piece together in the same moment. An acoustic pickup amplifies the strings.

  • Call and Response

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.
  • Call and Response (Detail)

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.
  • Call and Response

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.

DOREMEFASOLATIDO

Harmony and dissonance at the control of the viewer. An audience participatory work where anyone can press the buttons below each felted "mouth" in order to create their own composition using the notes of a sung musical scale.

For the purpose of documentation composer, Benjamin Buchanan, has created and performed a short composition to demonstrate the installation.

Score For Last Week

An ongoing series of participatory performances created in collaboration with Jiří Žák that asks audience members to examine how they individually interpret and experience the moving image. Each audience member receives a toy instrument with a unique rule attached to it. The rules collectively create a unique musical score for the silent selection of Youtube videos compiled by Dittrich and Žák. The compilation is sourced and edited using videos which had been uploaded to Youtube the week prior to the performance. A collective interpretation of the compilation is made audible through the sounding of the audience's instruments.

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