A group of elderly ramblers passed by our front door on the way to their hearth, 2017
Field recordings of Sichuan songs and text.
Two speakers are breathing in the gallery. They alternate between playing loud, celebratory music that the Chengdu park-goers are dancing or exercising to and an almost-too-quiet, ambient "park-tone". Wall-text, installed low, has been taken, unedited from my phone's Notes app. One entry describing a Sichuan soundscape, runs the length of a sixty-four foot long wall.
A group of elderly ramblers... explores rhythm in a musical, embodied, and poetic sense. What are the possibilities and strong symptoms when tourist rhythm and local rhythm fall into, or out of, sync? This body of work begins in—and meanders from—the Sichuan province capital of Chengdu, China, where I spent five weeks as a totally alienated and bewildered visitor. The few places where I got closest to finding peace were the public parks where I drank tea or listened to the music for the theatrically-costumed weekend performers, the gentle waltzers, the sweaty exercisers, and the proud patriots.
First exhibited in Who Gets to Look, a two–person exhibition with Sable Elyse Smith and curated by Virginia Arce at the University of California, Irvine's University Art Gallery in January, '17. Project support via the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's traveling fellows program. Graphic identity typography by Armin Roth.