A Cryptic Commission in association with Cove Park. Premieres in 2022 at Sonica Glasgow.
considers hundreds of sketches made by Gustave Moreau exploring the character of Salome, as portrayed in his painting L’Apparition. The main inspiration and starting point for this practice-based research is the investigation of music and visuals in the form of a contemporary “composed novel”, exploring syntax of found footage pattern, texture, colour, text, gesture and electroacoustic composition. The composition’s multi-layered stages will rely on methods associated with appropriation and remix and will be informed by the work of contemporary artists such as Peter Tscherkassky, Vicki Bennett and Martin Arnold. Musically, scored for vocals, violin and octotrack it is inspired by the opera piece Salomé by Richard Strauss, Massenet’s Hérodiade The compositions will be analysed, dissected, sampled and transformed with variety of interpretations using electronic orchestration and Artificial Intelligence. The found footage, music and sound will be treated as a path to restoration, in which alteration (including extraction, reframing and deformation) becomes a prelude to the new. Sampling, overexposure and original composition will be merged to create a contemporary portrait of Salome based on so far male interpretations of the legend. Appropriation and transformation of stereotyped femininity will aim to create a path to reframe the cliché of objectified female body using appropriation, caricature, embellishment and illumination.
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The live solo performance will be accompanied by the video projection – a collage including fragments of literature, painting, sculpture, ballet and film.
The project’s future development inspired by Heinz Emigholz’s D’Annunzio’s Cave and following his architectural films, the work could be juxtaposed over interiors from archival sources onto interiors of art galleries and museums.