My approach to the score “Odin The Unknowable” emerged in 3 conceptual layers relating to our current pandemic scenario:
1. Defective, bygone, stagnant, decay, nostalgic, disruptive, yet waiting and contemplative — trying to create something from nothing.
2. Clean, change, fresh, multiplying, growing, reaching, and embracing connectivity and complexity.
3. Intertwined with the above: The Unknowable.
Where are we in this? Is there room for both perceptions at once? What gets in the way of embracing the moment? What does the body feel?
There are not exactly answers in this short 2:25 minute video. More unknowing must unravel and perhaps there is wisdom and magic in this unknowing. In that light, I chose the ambient yet poignant calls of a 2020 recording of a humpback whale from Glacier Bay Alaska (from the Nat’l Park Service) as an underlying sound exemplifying the need for connection, collective intellectuality, and what it means to reach into the fluid unknown.
My current artistic practice is informed by the somatic body and social constructs of performance in relationship to outdoor landscapes, people and objects. I work experimentally, following impulses and learning from what arises. However, honoring this score and the notion of chance, I let the time brackets tell me how long an action/image/pause will appear/reappear/disappear and how they overlap/intertwine/intersect. The complexities of all this reveals the potency of timing and the influence of words in our connection with the world.