C O N T I N U U M
a permanent movement towards nowhere
"Of all harmonic devices, a drone is not only the simplest, but probably also the most fertile."
Peter Van der Merwe (1989).
Continuum is a series of site specific performances taking place in different isolated areas that explore the notion of Drone and repetition in a direct and physical way. Each act represents a different hardness of soil, the performer carves the ground with a prepared branch of wood, this can be understood as the conductor, the main pencil of interaction. The branch can change in shape and density, but several microphones are carved in to its interior. The resulting sound is born from a permanent clash, like a needle that reads the surface topography, a continuum textural drone that is dependent on the hardness of the soil for his temperament qualities. Time, repetition, movement and soil conduct the performer until a moment of mental and physical exhaustion. In some cultures, like the Indian and Tibetan tradition, this conducted exercise of repetition is capable of inducing an altered state of perception. Although the action is constant and simple, the sound becomes a deforming textural drift, a continuum move rich in textural casualties that get transfigured by the mind as the time evolves in a long duration piece.
Performance - 8 hours and 33 minutes / multi channel video installation, variable dimensions, SAHARA 2015