759 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8DS
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.
Such is the delicacy of Japanese artist Yuko Mohri’s work that it is often activated by only the tiniest vibrations or movements around the installations, which involve elements of sound, sculpture and kinetics. Set within the magnificent Pyramid congregation hall – a now deconsecrated space – this new installation employs microphones and a piano. The work involves a feedback loop, whereby the piano will ‘interpret’ and play back the sounds it ‘hears’ within the room, whether they be footsteps or the hubbub of chatter. The work shifts our focus away from sight and towards what comes through our ears.
Mohri’s work is location- and event-specific. It incorporates elements of chance involving whoever might be visiting on a given day. In this way there is an echo of the pioneering work of John Cage: the inclusion of the piano reminds us of Cage’s most infamous work, 4´33”, in which the pianist plays nothing and the sound of the audience comprises the music.
Supported by British Council, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation and Yuko Mohri Young Collectors Circle