Issue Project Room: Distant Pairs - Art + Life in Self-Isolation with Ingrid Laubrock + Veryan Weston
Event by Issue Project Room.
Wednesday, October 28th, ISSUE is pleased to stream a new collaborative work between London-based pianist and composer Veryan Weston & New York-based experimental saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock. The artists present “Art and Life in Self-Isolation,” commissioned by ISSUE.
The film reflects the present state of many artists now having to work apart in self-isolation. Laubrock and Weston have worked together, including the album Haste with cellist Hannah Marshall, but now live on separate continents—New York and near London. It is a collaboration in isolation.
The film consists of sequences of activities that interconnect and run parallel with one another. They consist of short films of the artists own current day-to-day activities as well as art-related interests. All are bound together by their own music which has been conceived for the film itself. Themes presented in the film will run simultaneously as parts of a split screen and will reflect the fractured online virtual social interactions, such as “Zoom” events, which have now become common practice for some in a post-pandemic world. These will sometimes be seen in the same way as fragments running simultaneously but separated and isolated into glimpsed units, similar to the intriguing world, as observed through binoculars, by L. B. Jefferies in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”
The music will be collaboratively made using composition and improvisation. Music can also be based and built on the audio world of each of these units, perhaps becoming a larger and more colourful orchestra the more windows of activities there are seen on the one screen.
During the Fall, 2020, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce collaborative work at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted their ability to travel and perform, and altered the nature of collective work and performance. Pairing artists in disparate locations who cannot work together in “traditional” ways, the Distant Pairs series examines the collaborative process, methods of working, and partnership amidst these constrained conditions.