Provisional title: Cryptotropicalia

An outdoor exhibition of prepared wind chimes.

Autumn, at GAG (Garden Apartment Gallery) in late Fall.
3528 W. Fulton Blvd., Chicago

I first heard John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano from an old record in my college library. I was a bit disappointed to learn later that Cage was solving a particular problem with this technique in the late 1930's: to achieve percussive music with only a piano available at the music hall where he was commissioned to play, and to expand that instrument's repetoire of sounds. I had thought that the purpose was to embrace anarchy and chaos, and to cause the performer to experience a complete disconnection between the sounds professionally anticipated and the sounds produced—a therapy induced by frustration and helplessness. I do prefer my own misinterpretation.

The GAG installment of ASCII will be an outdoor collection of prepared wind chimes. The chimes you construct may be audible or inaudible—whichever you deem most appropriate.

Japanese wind chime festivals often feature show-stealing woodwork structures (and the architectural design by Torafu for a 2013 festival in Tokyo caught my eye in particular). I plan on having wood available at GAG, coated in safety flourescent paint, with which I can build structural supports as needed.

Study for impromptu support structure

For the closing of the ASCII / GAG event, I propose that each wind chime be shown in a state of extreme age acceleration: rot, rust, insect infestations, structural dissolution and chemical decay... perhaps at the brink of total reabsorption into the natural environment.

Body farm at the Forensic Anthropology Centre at Texas State University



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