易拎 will try number four in this long-winded series for day 82 of Radio Art Zone, broadcasting live for 22 hours in Esch, Luxembourg, and on the interweb. Listen on Wednesday, 7 September between 14:00 CEST (UTC+01) and 12:00 noon on Thursday, 8 September 2022.
Here are the previous attempts:
The ongoing series What can a phrase such as ‘natural course’ mean anymore in a time of such intense production? is comprised of discursive sound and performance pieces that take place in the context of displacements of the artist into new geographic and institutional relations within limited time periods.
While artistic engagement is often associated with the new in an idealised sense, such terms — often given by the residency, the overseas exhibition, or project agreement — are pragmatic restraints which size fit the open leaps of discovery into the systems and infrastructures of bureaucracy, cultural funding, and the art industrial complex. The series responds to these terms in various ways, embedding failed objectives, performance anxiety, and transgressions of labour and leisure into processes which become the work itself.
For the Esch edition of What can a phrase such as ‘natural course’ mean anymore in a time of such intense production?, responding to the prompt of a 22-hour broadcast with a live, durational exercise already begs its own defeat. But this time, without being present in the environment where the broadcast airs, the challenge is to create a translation of the ‘narrowcast’ from the materiality of the artist’s studio to a narrative space that catches up to the broad cast of the sociopolitical. These stories form an archive of maybe shouts and maybe whispers, to be triggered in the form a self-directed oral game with possible intervening players.