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Art: Ben Durham and Robert Beatty, Institute 193
December 23, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Ben Durham and Robert Beatty will debut their collaborative sound performance, Heather (dictated text), on Sunday December 23rd at 8pm. The source material for this project is a cassette tape recording of Durham dictating the text from Heather, the 24th portrait in his ongoing series of drawings created entirely with handwritten text. Neither the recording nor the text, which is no longer visible in the finished drawing, has ever been presented publically.
In the gallery Beatty will create a live processed sound improvisation based on the cassette tape recording while Durham recites the text in front of an audience for the first time. Beatty’s extensive manipulation of the tape and treatment of the recorded voice as pure sound re-imagines how we transmit and receive information and what we lose in the process. Just as Durham’s drawings are constructed layer upon layer out of written text, his voice is buried under its own sound, creating an experience where narrative is examined yet obscured. This multidimensional experience of image, sound, and voice, all drawn from the same source, will be the first in a series of performances at galleries and museums in Chicago, New York, and Richmond, VA.