xerrox‚ the follow–up work to Nicolai’s transall, explores themes of dissolution and atomisation: separation of matter into component parts.
xerrox takes its title and principle from the original xerox machine that copies graphic matter by the action of light on an electrically charged surface. In a similar way‚ alva noto’s xerrox is born out of a point of process‚ in which the ground material undergoes a series of shifts‚ stretches‚ zooms and ratio adjustments. The compressions‚ multiplications‚ scale changes and shifts in resolution to which Nicolai subjects his audio and visual sources become both the process and the content of xerrox.
Whereas in former alva noto releases‚ sound has always been internally generated within the computer‚ xerrox features a range of collected materials. Muzak‚ television advertising melodies‚ elevator bell tones – ambience that plays around us the whole day long – are used as ‘ground facts’ for Nicolai to begin gradual changes through a series of states.
29 May 06 | Minimalist Monday, Tate Modern, London, UK
8 Sep 06 | Heyri PAN Festival, Heyri Artvalley, KR
23 Sep 06 | The Kitchen, New York, US
18 Nov 06 | Wien Modern Festival, Wien, AT
Touring produced by Forma
Photos: Bertrand Prevost
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