1DJ2MANY

First show: 2010
Location: John Hansard Gallery

Caroline Bergvall: installation concept & general composition, texts, lead voice

Adam Parkinson: soundwork, spatial sound design

Background

Mashup text composed of some 68 pop/funk/rock songs for lust and love, recomposed line by line into one spoken song. With programming and micro beats by Adam Parkinson.

Rekindles the memory of hooks heard in transit, on the radio, in clubs, in taxis, and the type of excitement this recognition often provokes as one of those “soundtrack to one’s life”. Frequently read live,  frequently expanded on.

Audio
John Hansard Gallery
2010

Title: 1DJ2MANY(wired_madeleine)

Location: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

Date: 07 May 2010 -03 July 2010

Elements: installed audiotext, reflective chrome vinyl lettering, architecture structure.

Info: I subtitled it (wired_madeleine) as an allusion to Proust’s memorable pages on the sensory experience of eating a madeleine and its immediate impact on his memory.

Link: John Hansard Gallery, Middling English 

Photos

Photos by Steve Shrimpton

GRü/Transtheatre
2012

Title: 1DJ2MANY (Elevation Mix 1)

Location: TR4NS festival, GRü/Transtheatre, Geneva, CH

Date: 2-5 Febr 12

Elements: Audiowork in elevator, fluo lighting, one-liner chrome vinyl on mirror: ooh it’s so good.

Photos

Photos

Caroline Bergvall reminds us that language is ours to use and enjoy -- not the other way around!

Justin Hooper Pittsburgh City Paper
MCA Denver
2014

Title: 1DJ2MANY (Elevation Mix 2)

Date: 2012

Location: MCA Denver, USA

Elements: Audiotext – reflective chrome lettering on mirror – in elevator.

Info: Group show: Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art featured some 50 artists and writers exploring conceptual practices  from the 1960s to the present. Also travelled to The Powerplant, Toronto (Canada).  The catalogue – ed. by curator Andrea Andreasson, features my early keynote “What do we mean by Performance Writing” delivered at the opening of the first Performance Writing festival, Dartington College of Arts, 1996.

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Villa Bernasconi
2015

Title: 60 Songs We Love to Love

Date: 7 Feb–12 April 2015

Location: Villa Bernasconi, Geneva, Switzerland

Elements: Transparent colour panels (texts and signs), reflective circular structure (entrance area). Generative sound mix in headphone piece, vinyl text on wall (first floor)

Info: Group show: REVERSE. For this show I invited Adam to create a generative version for headphones to allow for an undisturbed and broader spectrum of clicks and beats. My voice frequently ghosted out in this version.  The entrance area was covered in colour vinyl. The circular yet split text on the first floor displayed for the first time some of the lines of the lovesong.

Photos

Live

17 mins. First live adaptation of the piece. Presented at Actoral festival, Marseille, 2014. Unedited uncleaned video so be prepared for bad sound. 25 mins version presented at Fondation Vuitton, Paris, opening show, Oct 2015.