Photo Pieter Kers
Ji Youn Kang’s piece Untitled plays with two customised bamboos and a small Korean gong, with analogue devices that connect the instruments for further real-time processing. Kang uses the voltage flow between her body, a self-built generator, the bamboo sticks and an extra synth until they become strongly linked together. The gong provides rhythmical ritual flow and takes over the gesture from the bamboos, expanding its rhythmic worlds outwards, until the whole space becomes a part of the resonating body, singing and breathing together with the instruments’ stubborn struggling voices. The work was developed for ‘The Pentacle’ sound system – a powerful high fidelity mobile speaker system developed at STEIM, Amsterdam, by Fedde ten Berge and Jesse Meijer, consisting of 15 self-designed loudspeakers and 3 self-designed subwoofers.
Untitled was developed during a residency at STEIM (organised by Sonic Acts) and presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Commissioned by Sonic Acts and A4 (2018)
Sonic Acts Festival 2019
22 February 2019
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
28 November 2018