A perennial earth
Rice Straw, four prepared microphones, two condenser microphones.
One mixer. 5.1 Sound System.
Sound Sculpture directly related to the artist Residency of three months in Vietnam. During this period field research was conducted within the north minority mountain villages, their cultural practices and materials of use, namely their ancient agricultural production of Rice.
Rice is called ‘white gold’ in Vietnam and has a link to the Sanskrit name ‘Dhanya’ (meaning: "the sustainer of the human race”). The ethnic minorities in the North have unique folklore traditions in relation to their agricultural Heritage. This piece is part of a series of small documental works, where sound is used not only as a form to directly examine the organic materials used by these communities, but also as a vehicle for interpretation of a far distant culture and language. This piece uses a traditional Vietnamese form of pilling Rice excedentes, re-contextualizing such object in the gallery space.
The rice straw formation slowly rotates in contact with several microphones, shifting its density and shape in real time.
Part of the Blind Signal ex-change program curated by Emillie Beffara.
Developed in collaboration with Mr Kim farming village.
Solo exhibition at Goehte Institute Vietnam 2019