2021, Thu, Oct 21

Alvin Lucier: Criss Cross

Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi

Stephen O’Malley | Photo: David&Douglas

Stephen O’Malley | Photo: David&Douglas

Alvin Lucier wrote a soundtrack for videoconference marathons in lockdown limbo as far back as 1969. “I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now,” are the first words of what is probably his best-known piece, a masterful meditation on medial presence and physical absence. Ironically, the sound art mastermind is not present in person at The Sound of Distance, but worthily represented with four works curated by Oren Ambarchi.

Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley present the composition Criss-Cross for two guitars played with electric bows approaching each other from opposite ends of a semitone interval.