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For anyone like myself that is incredibly visual and attentive to imagry, viewing an art exhibit in a gallery can feel like entering into another world. This experience could be even more intense when accompanied by music or sound selected by the artist. Not featured as a musical performace but instead
the artist would use recorded sounds and music to elevate your absorbtion of the atmoshpere created by the work of art. Any visitor to the gallery would have the ability to enter the world created by the artist, engaging you as both the viewer and the listener.
Thomas Woolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
[Scott_D, Aug 24 2000]
[Scott_D, Aug 24 2000]
Global Ideas Bank
Speaking of synchronicity... [Scott_D, Aug 24 2000]
Brian Eno's gallery installations
As usual, Brian Eno has been all over this for years. "Combining sound and vision, Eno's works create an alternative environment for the gallery-goer, just as his ambient albums create a sense of space for the listener." [rmutt, Aug 24 2000]
These folks make awesome audio/musical tours for art exhibits, cued by the art you are near. Way beyond the usual boring recorded lecture. [rmutt, Aug 24 2000]
||Picture this: Basquiat may have done this in his day, but to see his work set to the beat of one of his hip-hop releases would have been scha-weet. Or imagine seeing Shiele's work showcased with swank, seductive sax noise in the background...
||I understand that this concept surely exists throughout the world, but I'd love to see it as a regular practice in big galleries in my area such as the DMA or the contemporary in Ft.Worth. Until then, I'll just bring my headphones to the gallery. <sigh>
||This is the multimedia concept pioneered by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, culminating in the "Acid Tests". The concept was continued by the Grateful Dead, and is the inpiration for laseriums, etc. In its purest form, the concept eschews planning for spontenaity, and the perception of patterns of order in randomness, or synchronicity. Possibly the first application of chaos theory. read "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", by Thomas Woolfe.
||[Thanks for the link, Scott_D, I added it to the editorial/links collection.]
||Art fags and band queers unite! Thanks for the links ya'll.
||I think for Monet, Turner, Munch etc, i`ll stick with silence.
But for tacky stuff like Emin, Hirst etc, i guess you could have the intro from Money by Pink Floyd, or maybe just a quiet loop tape of the phrase `kill yourself` over and over and over.