When visual artist Nick Lamia hangs his paintings in a gallery show, he’ll sometimes paint out from the individual works, extending lines, shapes, and color fields onto the walls and floor to construct a connective network linking the individual paintings—setting them into a transient conversation with each other that lasts for the duration of the exhibition. Lamia and I are excited by the possibilities we see in generating this sort of visual/spatial dialogue dynamically—using projections and light to create relationships that can change interactively in real time, triggered by the physical and aural components of a musical performance.
Composer Andrea Mazzariello’s found-object percussion quartet Babybot, becomes the bones of this collaborative performance installation featuring Sandbox Percussion. Mazzariello’s Babybot, which charts a never-look-back build in amplitude and and complexity, gets divided into a sequence of escalating levels that the performing musicians must traverse. The players can only advance past each successive section according to a governing set of musical and spatial principles and rules. They navigate toward the piece’s conclusion, moving through a physical environment that is designed to be both the instrument they play, and a transforming kinetic expansion of their journey.