FEBRUARY 2016, THE WULF, LOS ANGELES: FIRST PERFORMANCE BY JON LEIDECKER (ELECTRONICS) & TANIA CHEN (ELECTRONICS)
APRIL 26 2016: PERFORMED AT CAFE OTO BY JON LEIDECKER & TANIA CHEN, RECORDED LIVE BY BBC RADIO 3 AT CAFE OTO
Inspired by Josef Alber's book "Interaction of Color", which investigates color perception in relation to abstract 'fields' of color, this composition engages the performer/s using a graph score to create fields of sound. Played in parallel is a video with compositions of abstract color fields. Neither the sounds or colors correspond: the piece seeks to create a situation in which both audience and performers must interact and engage with what they hear and see. Hence, the composition is an 'open work' that creates a space of indeterminacy.
"Every performance offers us a complete and satisfying version of the work, but at the same time makes it incomplete for us, because it cannot simultaneously give all the other artistic solutions which the work may admit."
- Umberto Eco, "The Open Work"
APRIL 16 2016, PERFORMED AT ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES, PRESTATYN, WALES: DAVID TOOP: ELECTRONICS & AMPLIFIED OBJECTS: & TANIA CHEN; LIVE VIDEO PROCESSING
APRIL 22 2016, PERFORMED AT 7HOURS HAUS 19, AN ART WAREHOUSE SPACE IN MITTE, BERLIN: TANIA CHEN MIXED MEDIA SOLO SHOW
Future Plastics is a series of 20 videos that explore the sounds of plastics activated in or on various surfaces. They are field studies of improvised sound activities. The video below was filmed in a cathedral. The organ is my favourite unforeseen and unplanned moment: the organist arrived to practise for the Sunday service just as this piece was being filmed.
These videos have been presented as one-off video pieces, with each piece independent in itself, or in a mixed media theatre piece / installation alongside electronics and toys, or "played" as video pieces in which I manipulate the sound and visual material during the live performance. They can existing as background, as a further layer in a mixed media composition, or as live manipulated audio/visual "samples" in which sound and images are equal components.