Listening to music is an experience that involves a person’s entirety: body, mind, and emotions, placing the listener and the performer in a shared time and space; an act of being in the world. In classical music, the term “incomplete neighbor tone” denotes a tone that is not explicitly written, but its presence exists in our imagination, and is understood and felt through the context of the entire musical phrase. This gap between the absent and the present, the visual and the auditory, activates our imagination and senses and it is at the core of the exhibition. Bridging the gap calls for multiple interpretations, points of convergence, and anchors.
Incomplete Neighbor explores how our mind complements the reality around us, how visual art and music activate our mind and trigger it to create ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Sound & Synergy X Incomplete Neighbor
During the book launch of Incomplete Neighbor and the opening of the exhibition, Onomatopee has invited (sound) artists, performers and musicians who overlap with visual arts for an experimental evening on the 19th of May 2023 through an open call.
The performances will be combined with the launch of the book Incomplete Neighbor by Raffaella Crispino and Hans Demeulenare, as well as the launch of Raffaella Crispino's Vinyl Ogni Giorno.
There will be an overlap with the riso workshop, where everyone will be invited to print something inspired by what they see and hear. Placing the listener and the performer in a shared time and space, this will be a dynamic evening of synergy and sound.
Performance I by Mengting Zhuo A Score of Emptiness
This piece explores the relationship between sound and emptiness, using minuscule sounds and amplification to translate empty spaces into signal and noise. Through this conceptual act, Mengting Zhuo aims to challenge the discordance between seeing and hearing.
Performance II by Caz Egelie Slip - 30 meters and 75.000 kilos
Slip - 30 meters and 75.000 kilos is a new operatic work by Caz Egelie after librettos by artists/writers Annabelle Binnerts and Ruben Planting. We follow 2 characters who visit a fish market. Both librettos, interpreted as 2 separate acts, show another side of this market visit. The first tells a story about two lovers who want to prove their love to one another while stuck in a fishing net, the second focuses on the characters’ relationships to the rising sea when they arrive at the shore. The music, produced by Caz in collaboration with menu menu, consists of found sounds, as well as original techno/hyperpop beats with an operatic vocal twist.
Performance III by Jon Rolph Wayside voices
Wayside voices is a symphony of strangeness. Jon Rolph’s performances are a way of bringing life to his collection of found material – a live collage of personal ephemera and artefacts of popular culture that fell by the wayside. Sounds and images are layered, looped and manipulated in improvised compositions – a rummaging through sound where chaos gives way to moments of melancholy, beauty and humour. Sited between DJ-ing, collage and performance art, Jon’s performances are a celebration of the act of making and repurposing.