For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement, British artist Oliver Beer will present a new iteration of his ongoing series, Resonance Project. Resonance Project comprises a series of performances and ﬁlms which has been a major touchstone of Beer’s work for more than ten years. Beer employs a technique that uses the human voice to find resonant frequencies innate to architectural spaces.
Working with classically trained singers to identify the resonant notes of interior spaces, the artist treats a building as a musical instrument, composing polyphonic scores that are woven into immersive live performances. The project has previously transformed sites such as the glass tunnels of the Pompidou Centre and the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, the staircases of MoMA PS1, New York and the Victorian sewers of Brighton, England into resounding ‘architectural instruments’.
The artist is seeking eight singers who will comprise two SATB quartets (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) with whom he will work to develop a new composition that responds to unique interior spaces. The composition will be presented as an intimate 15-minute performance and will draw on the relationship between the singers’ own repertoires and the resonance of the spaces.
The artist will also work with the selected singers on the development of a site-specific video installation that will be presented as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Singers should be classical soloists of a professional or experienced semi-professional level. The male voices should have conﬁdent use of falsetto range, to find resonant notes. Baritones, contraltos and countertenors are also encouraged to audition.
This work will be premiered during the Preview Days of the 21st Biennale of Sydney 13 – 15 March 2018 and then performed over the 12-week exhibition period 16 March – 11 June 2018.
Applicants are required to be available for one of the following audition dates:
Monday, 20 November
Tuesday, 21 November
Wednesday, 22 November
Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday, 23 November. The selected singers should be available for immediate participation in compositional development and ﬁlming.
Compositional development will take place in the week of Monday, 27 November. Selected applicants should be available to participate in three sessions lasting three hours during this week
Filming will take place in the week of Monday, 4 December Selected applicants should be available to participate in one of three sessions lasting three hours during this week.
Rehearsals will recommence in the week of Monday 4 March 2018 in preparation for the Preview Days 13-15 March 2018. Selected applicants should be available to participate in three sessions lasting three hours during this week.
Performances will take place weekly over the twelve-week exhibition period 16 March – 11 June 2018.
Applications should be submitted by Monday 13 November 2017
Applicants should submit a CV or short bio (max 500 words) Please provide links to audio recordings of performances
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com With the subject title Application – Oliver Beer, Resonance Project