Beacons of Ancestorship

Vilma Gold Gallery, London, England
Thu, 04/15/2010 (All day)

VILMA GOLD ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT
"BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP", A LIVE RADIO PLAY BY ALEX WATERMAN
THURSDAY 15 APRIL, 7:30 PM

As part of our current group show, 'The Inhabitants', the performance will mark the second stage of Waterman's piece 'Beacons of Ancestorship'- a piece based upon the last and never published book by John Barton Wolgamot. Spoken over an imaginary soundscape composed by Waterman and broadcast on a radio in the gallery, the performance will be delivered as a live film script describing 128 landscapes. The landscape is a memory theatre composed of a group of names sourced from the permutating lists used by Wolgamot for his singular poem, ‘ In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women’. Never changing/ always changing, Wolgamot's poem is a container for hundreds of stories in addition to being a perfect syllabic and formal breakdown of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. The performance will be recorded live thus forming the next installment of Waterman’s piece in the show.

Waterman's scripting of the garden/landscape is conditioned in that it follows two statements from Alan Weiss’s ‘Manifesto for the Future of Landscape’. They are: 7. The garden is a narrative, a transformer of narratives, and a generator of narratives; 8. The garden is a memory theater.

Alex Waterman is a founding member of the Plus Minus Ensemble, based in Brussels and London, specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. In New York he performs with the Either/Or Ensemble. Alex is presently working on his PhD in musicology at NYU as well as writing a book about the composer Robert Ashley with the designer and writer Will Holder. Waterman participated in Dexter Sinister’s residency at the Armory for the 2008 Whitney Biennial writing a new work based upon Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener. Alex Waterman and Beatrice Gibson’s film, A Necessary Music, narrated by Robert Ashley and with original music by Waterman, premiered at the Whitney Museum ISP show and will be shown in galleries and museums in the US and Europe this Autumn.

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