Bones

Video still from Bones immersive projection installation.

Peter Thiedeke. Juried Artist
Griffith University
CARI Whitebox Gallery

Artist Statement

We re-begin with two ideas: breath as an elemental human life-function (which is also how sound is produced on the trombone) and the materiality of the instrument itself. Importantly, we are not considering the instrument in the abstract, but rather a particular instrument, a 1956 New York Bach Stradivarius model 8, serial number 5620. This instrument displays the physical evidence of decades of travel around the world, with dents, scratches, worn bits, and patches of rust. The photography and video in this project foreground these markings and reimagine this physical history as a catalyst for sonic and visual experimentation using a range of digital tools. In imagining how a physical object becomes an audiovisual world, the overall goal is to transform ordinary experience into an extraordinary one. We begin by amplifying human presence via an emphasis on breath and breathing (sound and rhythm), then deploy a range of sonic and moving image technologies to reimagine the history of a specific instrument and the culturally received memories and expectations of that instrument. The focus is on bending perception; reaching (forward and back) into our individual consciousnesses to elicit the idiosyncratic and experimental resonances that we all carry with us.

About the artists

This collaboration between John Ferguson, Peter Thiedeke, and Chris Stover weaves musical and visual arts together. Peter Thiedeke is an interdisciplinary image-maker whose practice is concerned with post-digital critique and urban acupunctural interventions in the city. John Ferguson is a post-digital/electronic musician and sound/multimedia artist who builds and performs systems that foreground tactile interaction; his work investigates the performance practice of electronic music and explores various exhibition and performance spaces. Chris Stover is a composer, trombonist, and music scholar; his research interests include philosophies of time and process, affect theory, gender, queer, and post-colonial theory, phenomenology, and critical improvisation studies.

Credits: Peter Thiedeke, John Ferguson, Chris Stover

URL: http://www.peterthiedeke.com/bones-at-isea-2024

ISEA2024 acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara as the First Nations owners of the lands where the symposium will be held. We pay our respects to their elders, lores, customs and creation spirits. We also acknowledge and pay respects to all First Nations peoples across the continent and beyond Australian shores.