A day before the opening of Angela Bullock’s solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, the gallery and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presented Angela Bulloch & David Grubbs’ performance / concert The Wired Salutation at Theater der Künste in Zürich. It’s the Swiss premiere of the newest collaboration of the visual artist Angela Bulloch and the composer and musician David Grubbs.
The Wired Salutation takes the audience on a trip inside the image as Angela Bulloch multiplies and divides a rock band with video avatars and a composition for theater lighting. David Grubb’s musical composition stresses and strains an initially coherent piece of music until its constituent parts agree to peacefully disassemble. The live musical component of The Wired Salutation is undertaken by a group featuring David Grubbs (electric guitar) and Angela Bulloch (bass) with the Italian musicians Andrea Belfi (drums and electronics) and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar). The Wired Salutation was first presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Angela Bulloch’s conceptually rigorous works deal with systems and structures that engage the expectations of her audience. Her sculptures often incorporate light, sound or text that address issues of authorship and aspects of time. She played bass guitar with the band Big Bottom.
David Grubbs is known for his participation in Gastr del Sol and the Red Krayola, as well as for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with Susan Howe and Anthony McCall. He is the author of the forthcoming book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording.
Angela Bulloch & David Grubbs: The Wired Salutation. Theater der Künste, Zürich, February 18, 2016.
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