PEREGRINATION (LIVE CINEMA) by Gary James Joynes / Clinker
Peregrination, first performed at the Art Gallery of Alberta for the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a musical journey through deep and affecting sounds coupled with video elements all controlled live from the artist's dias. This improvisational piece transports us through turmoil and grief to a place of contemplation and suspense... PEREGRINATION is a live cinema work reflecting on the nature of sound and its visual and material nature. A meditation on Joynes' visual experimentation using historical scientific instruments and anachronistic musical technology. PEREGRINATION combines compositional sound elements and improvisational use of recorded footage of live play of the wavedriver machinery he uses to create in the studio. For PEREGRINATION Joynes' brings the early phase of his career in Live Cinema together with his most recent experiments in cymatics by composing and triggering his waveform animations live in concert and accompany these visual sound wave animations with layered vocals and overtone singing. The performance runs through movements of varying intensity rising to a chordal crescendo. All elements of his Frequency Painting work connect sound and visual definitions of sound. This new work expands these senses with aspects of space and time in his most ambitious Live Cinema work to date. Joynes' explorations and experimentations in art are focused on the active process of listening to, looking at, and feeling sound; slowing down time and linking sensoria to allow for immersion in a whole body experience. PEREGRINATION (Live Cinema) works to offer new opportunities to an audience for the understanding of the importance of deep listening and viewing life, and the wonderful journey that this brings us.
Special thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and dc3 Art Projects for supporting the creation of this work.