Drum Set Situations are a series of video loop compositions by R/A, constructed to disrupt any form of auditory or visual continuity in the performances. Each situation conjures up a specific method for fracturing the musicality within the performance and manifests a dialogue surrounding the schisms between utopian and dystopian impulses. The performers oscillate between conflict/struggle and cooperation/exhaustion. Harmonies rise and collapse throughout, highlighting the difficulty of composing anything "new" in an hyper-saturated media world where compression of materials and ideologies lead to a unique feeling of disorientation, rupture, and endless copies.
Drumset Situations: Strobe
4 minute video loop / 16 duets performed simultaneously producing a "strobe" effect, compounding and compressing both the auditory and visual elements into a fractured rhythm.
Drumset Situations: Rotation
5 minute video loop / 5 duets synced up to create a simultaneous and disorienting audio-visual field. using a camera that maintains a constant state of motion, the video places the viewer inside the vertigo inducing situation of the two players imprinted on to each others' frames and performed compositions.
Drumset Situations: Rope
10 minute video loop / two performers are tied together at the ankles and wrists, impeding one another from being able to play the drumset while the other is playing. The composition oscillates between conflict/struggle and cooperation/exhaustion. Harmonies rise and collapse throughout, highlighting the difficulty of composing anything "new" in an over-saturated media world.