Sonica: Trip, Phases and Twittering Machines
- Lorna Irvine
- 5 November 2019
AV show focuses on three inspiring female artists
Sonica's impetus is on experimentation, zooming in on work which transcends genres. So it is with this triple bill of women working in AV production.
Opener Trip by Sabina Covarrubias, who is based in Mexico, uses abstract floaty forms that take on a corporeal sensuality, fusing live vocoder vocals and gliding into geometric future cityscapes somewhat akin to computer game designs. It is complex, dazzling and full of kinetic energy.
If Trip focuses on grid systems, Montreal's Myriam Boucher interrogates more elemental forms in her piece, Phases. Using water in the form of ice floes, glaciers and what is left of frozen environments, she creates a stunning, if disturbing, meditation on our relationship with nature and the effects of climate change, with the sound of cracking ice in her field recordings.
Arguably the most incredible work of the evening is from UK artist Kathy Hinde, whose Twittering Machines is like a twenty-first century zoetrope. With twittering animated birds at the centre, landing like musical notes on the screen, she integrates unusual instrumentation (Tibetan singing bowls scraped with violin bows) with vintage vinyl, and translates Keats' 'To A Nightingale' into Morse code, albeit with glitches. It's a brilliant study of the dissemination of language in our increasingly tech-savvy planet.
Reviewed at Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 2 Nov. Sonica continues across various venues until Sun 10 Nov.