plus some youtube comment commentary
The real skill of Alvin Lucier’s work “I Am Sitting In A Room” for me is the perfect matchup between the thematic and intellectual base and its technical delivery. The medium of the work and its methodology (the execution) is a matchup with the artist’s intention and pre-occupations.
Namely, Lucier’s stammer is laid bare but then swallowed by the evolution of the sound as we move towards hearing “the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech”. Within the text itself he states that this endeavour is “not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have“
I read piece this as a catharsis. Although it has been repeated with the same methodology – playing the initially recorded voice into the room and rerecording repeatedly – it lacks for me an authenticity. Lucier had a specific irregularity in mind – his stammer. The creation of the work and the particular way in which the voice dissipates and its degradation becomes the tool of catharsis. The form and function match perfectly.
What I got from this:
- In my Unit 9 Final Piece, I am seeking to have a similarly close relationship between the concept and the delivery, to have every aspect of the installation have purpose and be appropriate for the content. This might mean digging down as to my motivation in creating the piece in the first place, obsessed as it is with memory, in order to link these motivations with specific decisions about the medium.