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ARTIST :: Andy Graydon
TITLE :: Geomancy
LABEL :: mAtter
CAT NO. :: MATTER003
released June 17, 2009
picture + sound : Andy Graydon
mix : Andy Graydon
mastering : Naph at NATURE BLISS STUDIO
photography : Andy Graydon
sleeve design : mAtter
Geomancy is a new dvd+cd collection of works about place and displacement, location and identity, and with the environment (or the "field" of field recordings) as a complex envelope of forces and meanings which light and sound can both trace and transform.
The CD contains a new long-form sound work, "Untitled (geomancy)". The piece was created from field recordings that were subject to a series of material and digital transformations: the original recordings were cut to a series of acetate phonograph records for an installation work in 2008, and these well-worn records, revealing a new landscape of their own in both sound and texture, became the basis for the composition.
The DVD collects four of Graydon's super 8 films on video. "Farwanderer", a story of finding identity in displacement, is the keystone work, revealing themes that are central to much of Graydon's film work. "Surroundings" evokes a restless sense of place more directly in images and music. "Focal Plane" is based on a live image and sound performance piece, and deals with the coming to life of an environment from the most fundamental elements of light, shape, motion -- and how these are always something less and something more than they seem. "Untitled (Aina)" is a visual field recording of sorts, showing environments on the islands of Hawaii where natural and human processes are set in friction or resonance, and accompanied by sound from the original acetate records used to create the "Untitled (geomancy)" sound composition
Andy Graydon (b. 1971, Maui, Hawaii) is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin.
His work focuses on the interaction of sound, image, and environment. In his recent work Andy is interested in creating what he calls "Science Fiction Ecologies" by engaging with the speculative and transformational qualities within an environment. Taking the form of videos, sound works, media objects and installations this work explores the boundary zones between performance and exhibition, presence and deferral, liveness and mediation.
Graydon has presented work nationally and internationally in programs such as Ausland, Berlin, the Worldwide Video Festival, Amsterdam, and the Portland Art Center, Oregon. Recent exhibitions and performances in New York City include work at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, LMAKprojects gallery, Diapason, Art In General, Participant Inc gallery, Galeria Galou, The Dumbo Arts Festival, Millennium Film Workshop, White Box gallery, and Tonic. In 2005/2006 he was the visiting artist at the Center for Computer Music, Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Recent sound releases are available on Non Visual Objects (Vienna), Winds Measure Recordings (Brooklyn), 12k/Term (New York), EKO (Paris), On;(do) Music (Miami), The NY Society for Acoustic Ecology, and forthcoming from White_Line Editions (UK). Collaborations include performances and recordings with John Hudak, Kato Hideki, Kenneth Kirschner, sawako, Amnon Wolman, David Grubbs, Ben Owen, Zach Layton, Andre Golcalves, Brendan Murray, mpld, and Richard Garet. He is the co-founder and curator of three media and performance series in New York City: Becoming, Sonogrammar, and the upcoming LMAKseries.