January 6th, 2015

Koki Tanaka at Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle

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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

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Video:

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

PIANIST:
Ben Papendrea
Desmond Sheehan
Devin Norris
Adrian Foy
Kelly Moran

PRODUCTION:
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

Postproduction:
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.

 

Images:

Video and images courtesy of the artist and Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest. Photos by Aurélien Mole.

Press Release:

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.

Link: Koki Tanaka at Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle

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