Instruction-based score for ten performers, recorded sound and voices, and ten boomboxes, 30 minutes.
Exh.: Lines towards another century, curated by Bridget Crone and commissioned by Media Art Bath, performed with the ensemble L'Arsenale, Parco delle Rimembranze, Venice, 6 June 2009.
Lines Towards Another Century was performed on 6 June 2009 at the Parco delle Rimembranze, Venice, with the Italian contemporary music ensemble, L'Arsenale. The work was structured around the intoning of a list of national boundaries created during the 20th Century, drawing on recorded intonings of this list generated during the second manifestation of this ongoing collaborative project - an instructional score for instrumental ensemble and voice which was performed in 2008 at the Holburne Museum in Bath by The Elysian Quartet. Whereas this Bath performance began – and was underpinned by – a single live performer reading the list, the Venice performance disembodied this act of reading. The Venice manifestation of the project centred on the recorded intoning of the list, which functioned as a kind of ordering system for the movement of the performers through the space of the Parco delle Rimembranze. Each performer remained silent, moving through the park, bearing the transmission of a recorded intoning, which ordered, prompted and contained their movements, creating layers and accumulations of sound.
This ongoing collaborative project between Andrew Byrne and Tom Nicholson began with the work 23.01.1901/12.07.2005, performed in Melbourne, and also includes the work Lines towards another century, peformed in Bath in 2008.
Writing on the project includes text by Media Art Bath director Bridget Crone and by Chris Fite-Wassilak in Frieze, and in Art and Australia.