Originally created for The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2011, Reliquary House is a multimedia performance by electronic musician ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) and visual artist Nate Boyce that will be played live once again in a one-off show as part of the Barbican’s Transcender series in London on September 30th.
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER and Boyce re-imagine the canon of modernist sculpture through hallucinatory reconstructions of works by David Smith, Anthony Caro and more. Boyce uses computer-generated imagery to transform these sculptures into kinetic apparitions that inhabit incongruous and “impossible” landscapes and architectural environments. For the London performance ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER is also curating the opening set from New York musicians Eli Keszler and Bill Gillim (a.k.a. Megafortress), in a special collaboration combining the frenetic, pointillistic fury of Keszler’s compositions and improvisations with Megafortress’ soaring, harmonic vocal meditations. Pulling from his mesmerizing sound-sculpture installations, Keszler creates a swarm of natural and mechanical sound (using self-operating amplified solenoids, bowed crotales, and fast textural percussion), absorbing Megafortress’ processed vocals and sampled field recordings. The performance explores spontaneous combinations of solo and duo improvisations over a static plane of mechanical activity, alternating freely between horizontal motion and stasis.
Dazed Digital recently caught up with Nate Boyce for an interview about his work on Reliquary House and you can read it in full by visiting DazedDigital.com. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in London at the end of this month be sure to RSVP to the September 30th Barbican performance of Reliquary House by CLICKING HERE.