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Varese Group screening / Marcia Bassett – Social Entropy

March 14, 2020

Left:  Varese Group, film still, Ten Minutes in Binio, 2019  /  Right: Marcia Bassett, photo credit – Jennifer Braun

CANCELLED: Screening on Saturday March 14

In place of the one-time screening by Varese GroupTen Minutes in Binio will be screened throughout the gallery hours (11am-5pm) followed by a video and a quadraphonic sound installation by Marcia Bassett, and Skype sessions conducted by Alison O Daniel.

Varese Group‘s Ten Minutes in Binio is a series ten 1-minute videos taken by members of the group when they met last year in Northern Italy. This is the third iteration of a project organized by Sasha Portis. Each year all are invited to contribute a video that will be screened on the last day of Varese Group, with the following parameters: one minute in length, a single shot, static (no moving or zooming), and no editing. The clips capture day-to-day experiences as members respond to their temporary environment.

Marcia Bassett‘s Social Entropy Extended – has been converted from a live performance to a quadraphonic sound installation. Transformed voice and collaged sounds taken from environmental, natural and electronic sources will be manipulated and extended in a series of sound events. Bassett invited six women to contribute voice responses to the theme of Social Entropy. These voices along with a collection of sounds that capture day-to-day moments and personal experiences submitted by the other Social Residency participants and Bassett were worked into the quadrophonic piece that is presented here as an installation. The live performance will extend that process to a durational length that is meant to be observed and experienced as a social gathering where one may choose freely to converse, observe and move within the performance space as slowly evolving waveform transformations and isolated sound capsules reveal themselves. The live event will embrace social interaction, ritual gestures and serendipitous configurations that take place through extended time intervals. Bassett is very grateful for the response from the six women who contributed voice to this project: Bridget Hayden, Áine O’Dwyer, Crystal Penalosa, Ursula Scherrer, Jenny Graf Sheppard, and Eva Sidén.


March 14, 2020
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