ANDREW BYRNE AND TOM NICHOLSON
LINES TOWARDS ANOTHER CENTURY
Performed by L’ARSENALE
Saturday 6 June, 16.00hrs
Parco delle Rimembranze, St Elena, Venice
(vaporetto stop: St Elena, behind the Giardini)
An immersive performance involving sound, movement and text
Lines Towards Another Century is an instruction-based performance featuring the Italian contemporary music ensemble, L’Arsenale. The work is structured around the intoning of a vast list of national boundaries created during the 20th century. For the Venice manifestation of their collaboration, Byrne and Nicholson make use of recorded intonings of the list, disembodying the act of reading and using the recorded material as a kind of ordering system for the movement of the performers through the space of the Parco delle Rimembranze. Each performer remains silent, moving through the park, bearing the transmission of a recorded intoning, which orders, prompts and contains their movements, creating complex layers and accumulations of sound.
The performance of Lines Towards Another Century by L'Arsenale is the third manifestation of Byrne and Nicholson’s collaborative work, which has also included an instructional score for instrumental ensemble and voice which The Elysian Quartet, one of the UK’s pre-eminent young string quartets, previously performed immersed within an installation combining visual and sonic elements at the Holburne Museum, Bath. For more information about the performance and installation of Lines Towards Another Century at the Holburne Museum in Bath, 2008 please go here.
Andrew Byrne is a New York based composer and a member of the artistic programming team at Carnegie Hall;
Tom Nicholson is an Australian artist who has shown internationally including at the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, and recently in The Hague, Siena, Auckland, Berlin and Santiago;
L'Arsenale is an ensemble founded in Treviso by young musicians and composers under the artistic/musical direction of Filippo Perocco, L'Arsenale aims to bridge the divide between writing music and making music.