A collaboration between the curatorial collective anorak (Lukas Ludwig and Johanna Markert) and the experimental music duo Ora Clementi (crys cole and James Rushford), Finite Eyes brings together live-performance, pre-recorded sound, and moving image in an evening exploring the emotive pull and mobilising force of utopian visions.
In this new collaboration with anorak, cole and Rushford return to central questions surrounding interpretation, the function of memory, and sound within both listener and performer, merging curatorial and compositional techniques. A bespoke setting designed by anorak forms the environment for three new music sets, which are put in dialogue with film and sound works by various artists, reflecting on how seemingly empirical information is manipulated and transformed through the interplay of speech, voice-over, and moving image.
Teetering on the borderline where the ephemeral realm of the imaginary converges with situated experiences, Finite Eyes raises questions about how utopian visions are informed by collective fantasies that in turn shape perceptions, memories, and imagined futures.
Finite Eyes will be presented on Saturday 18 November 2023 at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
Ora Clementi is the duo of Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian composer/performer James Rushford. Distinct, disorienting and highly performative, their work examines voice and vocal mirroring through preconscious speech processes and the codified abstraction of found texts, supported by a vast battery of handmade instruments, electronics and hyper-colour processing.
Composition and music by Ora Clementi (James Rushford & crys cole)
Curated, commissioned and produced by anorak (Lukas Ludwig & Johanna Markert)
Featuring work by Basma al-Sharif, Tolia Astakhishvili & James Richards, Charles Bernstein, Ora Clementi, Marguerite Duras, and Dani ReStack
In cooperation with Württembergischer Kunstverein, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Production manager and press Daria Bertram
Sound recording Manuel Pessoa de Lima, Sam Dunscombe
Thanks to Daniella Shreir, James Richards, Julia Reidy, Tom Rosenberg, and the Anorak e. V. members and board
Supported by Musikfonds