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FORUM: texts / discussion



Michael J. Schumacher

Studio Five Beekman




Saturday, November 9, 2002

6 PM - Midnight


Monika Weiss

an installation/performance

collaboration on sound: Stephen Vitiello

Created for Diapason Gallery, the installation "Ennoia" (Vessel Series #3) developed as a search for the state of unity between my body and a sculpted basin. Throughout the installation my "live" figure will periodically enter and leave the water-filled basin, likened to an octagonal baptismal font. My body curled up inside it will remain almost motionless and without interruption in a form of an image projected on the screen. While working on "Ennoia" I imagined the sound of my body under the water crossing the boundary between the two almost-silences: the space inside the vessel/water and the outside world/interior of the gallery. I wanted to create a sonic and visual trace of the immersion. The sound and the image needed to be somehow raw and true the way traces exist as the aftermath of an event, with minimal manipulations or intrusions. Using the specific sound environment of the gallery the under-the-water sounds, recorded during different immersion acts, will overlap at the edges of time zones. I collaborated on the sound component of "Ennoia" with Stephen Vitiello.

Video assistance: D. Carlton Bright



about the artists:

Monika Weiss incorporates different media in her drawings, installations and performances, including fluids, sculpted objects, video projection and her own body. Weiss has exhibited her drawings and paintings throughout Poland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, and the United States. Her multi-media installations have been exhibited, among others, at the Nexus Art Center and Space 1181, Atlanta, and the BMB Gallery, Amsterdam. She has also collaborated on conceptual sound projects with sound artists including Achim Wollescheid. Her drawings are part of the permanent collection of the Museum Albertina, Vienna, Austria.

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His work includes audio CDs (Light of Falling Cars, Scratchy Marimba, Uitti/Vitiello, Bright and Dusty Things), sound installations (P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, the 2002 Whitney Biennial),Internet commissions (Dia Center for the Arts, SF MOMA/Walker Art Center/ZKM) and over 75 soundtracks for independent film, video and dance. He has collaborated with artists, musicians and choreographers including Nam June Paik, Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler, Scanner, Frances-Marie Uitti, John Jasperse and has performed both nationally and internationally.