In concert

Orlow, U. 2005. In concert. LSE, Kingsway Building, London

TitleIn concert
CreatorsOrlow, U.
Description

In Concert explores the relationship between memory and the body, focusing on how memory is physically inscribed or embedded in habitual gestures. Music is a poignant example of this, as the rehearsal of a piece does not just result in it being memorised mentally but also corporeally. In Concert, a double-screen video installation shows a cellist and a pianist playing the first movement of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1 without their instruments. The music operates as a kind of ghostly mnemonic prompting their physically remembered gestures.

A series of drawings entitled Pentagraphs was also produced: These represent the first seventeen bars of the cello part of Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Cello in E-flat major (op. 107), 1959. It employs a method inspired by an 11th century musical notation/memorization system which was devised by Guido d'Arezzo to conduct. It uses the hand, assigning each part of every finger a specific note.

In Concert was first shown in the exhibiton State of Mind at the LSE in London (May 2005). It has subsequently been shortlisted for a Swiss Art Award in 2006 and been exhibited at Lichfield Music Festival (July 2006) and in a solo show at Wings Projects Art Space in St Prex, Switzerland (September – October 2006).

Date2005
EventState of Mind
Web address (URL)http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/BIOS/exhibition.htm

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