For SOFT REVOLUTION at Drop City, Düsseldorf artists Markus Karstieß and Christian Jendreiko use the principle of ‘tensegrity’, (conceived by Buckminster Fuller and based on the inventions of his student Kenneth Snelson), to develop an original string instrument, two metres in size.
During their performance, Karstieß and Jendreiko set this ‘force diagram in space’, this ‘helical happening’,
this ‘frozen event, that is lifted directly from the vocabulary of an all-motion universe’ (Kenneth Snelson) alongside a set of real-time-actions, drawn thoughtfully from the same source and fixed in a graphic score based on original drawings by Buckminster Fuller for the Buddhist Goddess-Of-Mercy Temple in Penang and the Gliderfoil Pendulum Catamaran.
The performance could be seen as a process of a permanent, but ‘soft’ revolution, wherein the instrument becomes a tool for the performers and the performers become a tool for the instrument, and coalesced into an interacting and reciprocal centre, collectively demonstrating the innate facility of the universe for organising forces in space.
12″ Vinyl Record
Side A: Recording of Soft Revolution performance at Drop City, Newcastle
Side B: Recording of Soft Revolution performance at the site of ancient cup and ring stones at Lordenshaw, Northumberland
Co-produced with An Apparent Extent, Cologne
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