Artist: Koki Tanaka
Venue: Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest
Exhibition Title: A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)
Date: September 27, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Koki Tanaka, A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt), 2012. Video installation, HD video, Two drawings( 24″ x 19″ each), temporary walls. 57 minutes. Created with University Art Galleries, University of California, Irvine
Assistant Director: Bryan Jackson
2nd AD/ Camera Operator: JoAnn Hockersmith
DP / Camera Operator: Josh Secher
Camera Operator: Maria Guerrero
Camera Operator: David Luong
Gaffer / Camera Operator: Astrid Lugar
DIT: Patty Lin
Best Girl Electric: Olivia Yu
Key Grip: Shaun Su
Best Boy Grip: Juan Luis Ulloa
Sound Mixer: Michelle Teves
Sound Mixer / Boom: Yvonne Pon
Editing: Koki Tanaka
Sound sweetening: Taku Unami
Gallery Director: Juli Carson
Associate Director: Robert Plogman
Production and Commission by University Art Galleries, UCIrvine, Clare Trevor School of the Arts.
Video and images courtesy of the artist and Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest. Photos by Aurélien Mole.
A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)’s scenario begins in a motion capture studio at University of California in Irvine. Five pianists enter and sit at a table, while a film crew records the event on three cameras.
With the instruction to play one piano all together simultaneously and as a specific theme to write a soundtrack for collective engagement, the group engages in a talk on collaboration strategies and their respective areas of expertise : one pianist, the only woman, specializes in improvisational composition; two study classical music; the other two are jazz musicians.
Koki Tanaka brings the action into the realm of « chance music » also known as « aleatory music », a method of composition that introduces elements of chance or unpredictability regarding the composition or its performance. The result is a contingent community of interdisciplinary artists and musicians who collaborate in the production of what the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy calls an « inoperative community » – that unplanned communal state in which the I’s are always others. In this piece, all positions are thrown into flux. What’s brought the five pianists together is neither a curricular obligation nor a shared interest in a specific musical genre. Rather, they arrive having answered a performative solicitation – circulated by the conceptual artist Koki Tanaka – to compose and play a piece of music, simultaneously, on film.
A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)not only produces (by chance) a soundtrack for collective engagement – the ostensible task at hand – it also provides an opportunity to envision a different, contingent model of collaboration and, by extension, collectivity.