Chinese Checker Choir
Ulises Carrión, 1980, 8'39''

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'Chinese Checker Choir' is based on the interaction between everyday objects. First and foremost a number of checker pieces are placed randomly on a turntable. This turntable is then switched on, and the pieces start to move. As the turntable picks up speed, the pieces fall off - and the setting goes from order to chaos. This documented process resembles an experiment of gravity - as the speed of the turntable increases, the pieces lose their grip. The speed, the time, the number of Chinese checker pieces and the way in which they leave the turntable, determine the sound that is being produced. With its focus on process, Chinese Checker Choir refers to the tradition of performance art. There is, however, a second category into which this work could be placed: amely that of sound art. The turntable seems to be anticipating the VJ culture that was still to come. Read more...

  • Date: 1980
  • Length: 8'39''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: art, movement