This exhibition centres on the sculptural and sonic qualities of Our House, a deceptively light-looking sculpture by Trenton Garratt comprising thousands of handmade shards of fired ceramic. Formed into a tall precarious pile, in performance the work is played/activated by the maker. In doing so the sculpture’s form is disturbed, undone, and its sonic qualities exposed.
Clinton Watkins records and transmits the sound, repurposing technology to traverse space and in this case, creating an invisible, high fidelity connection between the Engine Room and City Gallery in Civic Square. Residue of the performance will remain at both places “post-transmission”.
Both Our house and Transcode could also be thought of as re-mixes. An earlier iteration of the work was shown at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, and the performance collaboration with Clinton Watkins was initially staged at Starkwhite, Auckland in 2011, where captured sounds were harnessed and recorded within one large gallery space.
The deliberate re-staging and re-mixing has two incarnations; the labour-intensive re-making and firing of the ceramic shards, and the re-recording and transmission of the sculpture taking place – but this time between two separate spaces, over a kilometer apart. In the Engine Room the primary presence is the sculpture, and at City Gallery – its sonic properties.