First public presentation of the composition, presented in conjunction with Sam Durant’s Plinth Commission Untitled (drone)
High Line Art announces two performances by artist and composer Guillermo Galindo‘s Remote Control of the New York String Quartet ETHEL. Presented in conjunction with Sam Durant’s plinth commission Untitled (drone), this immersive audience participation is the first public presentation of the composition originally commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Remote Control’s two performances will be on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 8:30pm and 9pm on the High Line on the Spur. Remote Control is organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Originally commissioned and premiered by the Kronos Quartet for the Fifty for the Future Project, Remote Control is both a composition for a string quartet and an audience-interactive sound environment. The work comments on the dehumanization of warfare through the use of remote-controlled digital technologies, video games, and attack drones known as Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV). The first movement of the performance combines the string quartet’s music with the audience’s live performance of recorded sounds from wartime video games, military cockpits and “post-attack” soundscapes from around the world. Four tracks of streaming sound and intermittent light, broadcast from the audience’s digital devices, smartphones and tablets, create a shared sonic environment with the quartet.
The recently composed second movement “Aftermath” is premiered in this concert as an epilogue to the first movement. While colorful and luminous toy fans are repurposed as bowstrings, the tiny blades resemble animated fireflies or toy helicopters, reminding us of our naivety and the imminent dangers of the games we play. At the same time, the work looks at the history of epic music in sonic warfare, from military bands marching alongside infantry, to Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries played over airplane loudspeakers during the Vietnam War, to the use of sonic cannons to disperse protests. especially the civilians of the Water Protector at the Standing Rock protest.
The work will be performed by the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL and accompanied by digital soundtracks (available at bit.ly/kqremote) to be played by viewers via their phones, tablets or other available audio or audiovisual playback devices. The score and parts are available online for free. Attendees are encouraged to bring as many smartphones, tablets, and other devices as they wish to attend the performance.
Guillermo Galindo is an experimental music composer, sound architect, performance artist and visual media artist. Galindo’s work breaks conventional boundaries between music and composition, connecting art, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness.
The performance is free; Visitors are encouraged to reply in advance. The nearest entrances are stairs at 30th Street at the intersection with 10th Avenue, with the next elevator further west at 30th Street and a ramp entrance from Hudson Yards. Seating and restrooms are available on the trail. In case of rain or bad weather, the program will be postponed to Wednesday July 27 at the same time and place. Updates will be posted on thehighline.org and registrants will be notified by email by 2pm the day before.
All people with disabilities are invited to participate. Please contact Constanza Valenzuela (email@example.com) prior to the event to request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodating a program.
ABOUT GUILLERMO GALINDO
Guillermo Galindo (*1960, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Berkeley, California. His acoustic work includes two commissions for orchestras from OFUNAM (Mexico University Orchestra) and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Choir, solo instrumental works, two operas, sound sculpture, visual arts, works involving computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, film, instrument making, three-dimensional immersive installations and live improvisation. Galindo’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas; Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, Florida; LACMA, Los Angeles, California; and the National Gallery, Washington, DC
Known for their lively playing that blends uptown conservatory music with downtown genre-crossing, the string quartet ETHEL has been described as “tireless and versatile” (The New York Times), “vibrant and brilliant” (The New Yorker) and “infectious “described entrails” (pitchfork).
Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, ETHEL has released nine feature recordings (one of which was nominated for a Native American Music Award), premiered over 225 compositions, performed as guests on over 40 albums, won a GRAMMY® with jazz legend Kurt Elling, and toured worldwide (to include 49 of the 50 states).
ETHEL is currently the resident ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Petrie Court Café and ensemble-in-residence at Denison University and formerly the 2019/20 creative-in-residence at the Brooklyn Public Library, 2018/19 quartet-in-residence at Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music and 2019 Levi Family Distinguished Visiting Artist at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute.
ETHEL are Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin). For this performance, ETHEL welcomes violinist Lavinia Pavlish.
ABOUT HIGH LINE ART
Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artworks on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a range of billboard interventions. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, and presented by the High Line, the arts program invites artists to find creative ways to engage with the unique architecture, history and to engage with the design of the park and to encourage a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape. For more information on High Line Art, visit thehighline.org/art.
ABOUT THE HIGHLINE
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Built on a historic elevated railway line, the High Line was always meant to be more than a park. You can stroll through the gardens, view art, catch a performance, enjoy food or drink, or meet with friends and neighbors – all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
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Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Significant support for High Line Art comes from Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. and Charina Endowment Fund. The project support is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford as well as Vivian and James Zelter. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts offers additional support. High Line Art is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council.
Significant support for the High Line Plinth comes from members of the High Line Plinth Committee and contemporary art leaders dedicated to fulfilling important commissions and contributing to the Plinth’s public success: Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros , Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Steve Ells, Kerianne Flynn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermione Riegerl Heller and David B. Heller, J. Tomilson and Janine Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard and Harvey Schwartz, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Amanda and Don Mullen, Douglas Oliver and Sherry Brous, Mario Palumbo and Stefan Gargiulo, Susan and Stephen Scherr, Susan and David Viniar, and Anonymous.
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