Apple Concert at the Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica

05 Nov 2017

 

A new work with Jan-Erik Andersson,  Apple Concert (Growth, Pollination, Consumption, Digestion), 2016, was installed at the Fin_Between exhibition, Gallery 1, Los Angeles 3.12.2016 – 5.1.2017. The Fin_Between exhbition was curated by Ville Laaksonen and Arte organisation together with Kio Griffth and Irie Ichiro.

At the Arena 1 gallery in Los Angeles Jan-Erik and I performed a live concert in four parts each exploring various sounds from the life of an apple and where the Chorus included the sound of the audience eating apples:

1. Prelude: Pollination. Sound environment created by Decker.
2. Apple solo. Andersson eats an apple in front of the audience. The sounds are transformed by Decker’s sound equipment.
3. Chorus. An interactive part where the audience eat apples handed over to them by assistants. Only the natural eating sounds are heard.
4. Finale: Digestion in the garden of Good and Evil. Sound environment created by Decker using both real time- and pre-recorded sounds of the apple digesting in Andersson’s stomach.

The wall version of the Apple Concert is designed as a sound/sculptural installation version of this performance to be installed in exhibitions. The sounds in the wall version are taken from three different live performances. There are nine wall-mounted apple-speakers.  On the surface of these is a digitally modified picture of an apple cut in half, with a pentagram made of seeds in the centre. Two more speakers, placed on the floor, are casted in the earth around an apple, which then is carved out to leave room for the speaker. The rest of the floor speakers are “normal” speakers with golden paint in the middle, which gives them a feeling of “golden apples”. A vintage apple crate covers the sound technology.