: April 19th through May 10
Location: Torino, Italy (as part of BIG Torino 2002 International
Biennial of Young Art, more information on the website http://www.bigtorino.net/english)
Artisti visivi e
musicisti reinterpretano Torino ri-leggendo le architetture e le tradizioni
cittadine attraverso una col-onna sonora composta da flash di film realizzati
in cittą e personali evocazioni dei luoghi visitati. Il pubblico Ź invitato
a salire sul bus musicale degli e-Xplo per tour notturni durante i week-end.
To contact e-Xplo
write to bomb@e-Xplo.org
e-Xplo in Torino.
Architecture and the city are given a comic mode - a lighter way to
be experienced, quite distinct from art gallery reverence. For BIG,
e-Xplo combined music, multi-language dialogues from specific movies
and closely microphoned details that are foregrounded within a bus tour
as aural stage. By contrast, there is little of the background, obfuscating
rumble of the city. As such, the live sound performances offer an urban
construction variously composed from 'real' and synthesised sounds,
chance operations and improvised performances.
An important aspect of their performance is not just the sound itself
that reworks architecture, but the way people receive sound. Playfully
commenting on the cinematic experience where vision tends to place one
at the margin of the frame, where one notices only what happens in front
of one's eyes, sound tends to place us at the center, where we become
more aware of what is happening all around. Sitting in a bus touring
through torino, sound becomes subversive, flowing outside the bounded
visual system imposed by architecture. The effect, particularly as the
aural city stage changes more rapidly than the visual city platform,
is to impose a different rhythm on to the visual and physical rhythm
of the city, leading to layering, interweaving and discontinuity.
Rhythms conjoin with other rhythms in films - visual, comedic, narrative,
spatial - to create a complex rhythm world where each film has its own
life, yet also feeds off others. This is not a sound score in the manner
of a comprehensive film. Nor is it simply settings where events exist
in their own right. Rather than simply reading the city by looking at
it, e-Xplo suggests a sonorous engagement between people, movies, memory,
and architecture. e-Xplo's bus tour becomes a place of reflections,
utterances, noises, rhythms, journeys, exchanges, while it gives an
understanding of alternative ways of moving through cities.
Location: Various locations in and around Torino
platform >> open channel
idea of opening e-xplo to other poeple and serving as a platform for
innovative ideas/experimentation was spun almost 2 years ago. Since
that initial statement, we wondered wheter we could live up to that
formulation or just erase this paragraph from our manifesto.
knot finally untied during our stay in Torino. BIG supported our idea
of organizing public sound events which would feature local musicians.
Out of this attempt grew an unforgettable encounter that literally rocked
On Tuesday April 23 we parked our bus in front of the university and
started the generator at noon. During the afternoon a lineup of dj's
and live musicians worked the systems. (thanx to: plasticflowers, pulsar,
willi, and their guests). At 5 pm "my
cat is an alien" arrived. (For those who are not familiar with their
guitar sound go and get their lastest album immediately!) later that
day fabrizio, a musician that has been recommendent to us by our dear
friend Mr. Dean Roberts showed up with his guitar and numerous electrical
devices (such as a magnificant silver bullet) and along with him 3 other
guitarists with their amps. After the aliens took a break a 5guitarist
ensemble transformed Palazzo Nuovo into a rockstage and we perpared
for a mind- (and ear) blowing noise and feedback session. Thanks to
all of our guest performers!!! And sorry for those who missed it.
p.s. It would be a big suprise if e-xplo would not find itself on a
bus with some of these guys soon.
(more details about project and location TBA)
will be posting the website urls for other participants as we get them: