Invisible piano, 2003

Invisible piano was inspired by a strange occurrence at a sound art exhibition in NYC that I was included in. The show was produced by Sol Le Witt, Laurie Anderson, and Philip Glass. Stressed from being part of such a high-profile exhibition, I hid in the back of the gallery during the opening, and began playing an over-sized grand piano in total darkness. Unbeknownst to me, a sizeable crowd amassed there in the darkness, and later began clapping when I had finished playing. I took this idea, and played with it a bit to create this performance in Halifax, and later in Brazil. The first half of the performance involved me playing a few compositions I was working on in grad school (at NSCAD) with lights on, and then trying them again with lights off (in reverse order). I search for the songs on the keyboard with flubs and some interesting moments, possibly more interesting than the compositions themselves. The audio recording was later cut into a dub-plate vinyl record (a soft vinyl) and put in a gallery context. Each playback contributes to the destruction of the work, much like the performance falling apart…