‘AVVA: ideomotoric chatroom’, 7 September 2016
Performance with no-input mixing desk, electronics, e-bass and video
A wild juxtaposition of barely audible white noise and massive walls of brutal sound over an abstract canvas, the ‘AVVA: ideomotoric chatroom’ is a live video and sound art performance inspired by the idea of the ideo-motor reflex and basic patterns of seemingly automatic, unconscious and random (re)actions. Toshimaru Nakamura and Billy Roisz interact physically to enact sonic structures in an ideomotor feedback loop whose internal architecture is made visible through video projections. The result is an unpredictable fusion of playfulness and precision in a complex yet minimal aesthetic.
Nakamura is one of the most well-known proponents of Japan’s thriving sound art community. His medium is the no-input mixing board, which describes a way of using a standard mixing board as an electronic music instrument, producing sound without any external audio input. The unpredictability of the instrument requires an attitude of obedience and resignation to the system and the sounds it produces, bringing a high level of indeterminacy and surprise to the music.
Roisz is known for her work in the translation of experimental sounds into visual memory images, revealing borrowings from minimal art and conceptual art. She specializes in feedback video and video/sound interaction by using monitors, cameras, video mixingdesks, synchronators, computer, various electronics and a bass guitar for video and sound generation. Her participation in the performance was sponsored by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.