Practice Makes Imperfect

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title: Practice Makes Imperfect
year: 2005 series: n/a
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medium: multimedia installation. size: variable
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artist brief:

Practice Makes Imperfect was created by using the sounds from a music and dance rehearsal space next to the installation’s site as a springboard for visual and audio variation. By micing the wall between the exhibition space and rehearsal space, an audio source material is provided to alter with various effects (electronic guitar pedals and amplifiers) loaned by a staff member at the college. The audio effect units are various colors and thus provide a second material springboard. By matching the given colors to interior wall paint, the space becomes a series of monochrome fields conforming to the given architecture. This work taps into factors of circumstance to provide material and momentum for an overall composition at once related to yet irreducible to the site of its inception. Inspirations include the Surrealists game of chance “Exquisite Corpse” and the practices of modernist composers such as John Cage and Steve Reich who allowed circumstance to effect formal decision making.

Location: Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

Installation and performance can be reproduced in various locations with various participants under direction of Kevin Hanley.