we listen, how we remember
Bonnie Jones (b. 1977, South Korea)we listen, how we remember Baltimore, August 25, 2016 (history, sine tones, samples, objects, moving bodies)
A performance installation for the Walters Art Museum in the 3rd Floor Galleries of Migration Art, Byzantine, and Pre-Medieval objects. The piece starts with a text, a mediation on objects and their ability to hold and structure history. Various rooms of the galleries have objects acting as speakers, with samples or tones playing through the object.
The sine tones or pure tones are selected to establish tritones (diminished fifths) or what during the Renaissance was referred to as the "Devil's Interval" for is dissonant character. Later, that same dissonant struture would become the basis for the blues note, and other evolutions in jazz and blues. Careful selection and placement of samples are designed to foreground the literal museum space, for instance the sounds of industrial heating/cooling systems are played back into the space, in addition to evoking communication and connection through time by using shortwave radio samples and electronics.