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FREE PERFORMANCE: SPECTRALINA

  • New Genres Art Space 118 North Main Street Rockford, IL, 61101 United States (map)
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The exhibition ends with an audio-visual performance by Spectralina, Trepp’s long-term experimental music project with her partner Dan Bitney of the band Tortoise. Spectralina produces electronic soundscapes, in which Trepp sings and uses her midi controlled video synthesizer to create projected animations in real-time as visual music.

"Selina Trepp: I Work With What I Have" is an immersive, three-channel animated experimental score for improvised music. As an artist, animator, and experimental musician, Trepp often utilizes music to inform her animations, but in this participatory installation the artist flips the process, asking musicians to translate the movements and gestures in her silent animation into music.

On Thursday evenings throughout the seven week exhibition, Rockford area musicians will be invited to publicly perform and interpret her three wall-sized animations as three separate modes: rhythm, melody, and harmony. Beyond the unique improvisation brought by each participating musician, Trepp is interested in revealing the commonalities among them. Even in the silence of the piece, the potential for improvisation is apparent since, as Trepp states, “the work is the music—visual music”.

Come play and respond to Selina Trepp’s animations with provided instruments!

"Selina Trepp: I Work With What I Have" is an immersive, three-channel animated experimental score for improvised music. As an artist, animator, and experimental musician, Trepp often utilizes music to inform her animations, but in this participatory installation the artist flips the process, asking musicians to translate the movements and gestures in her silent animation into music.

On Thursday evenings throughout the seven week exhibition, Rockford area musicians will be invited to publicly perform and interpret her three wall-sized animations as three separate modes: rhythm, melody, and harmony. Beyond the unique improvisation brought by each participating musician, Trepp is interested in revealing the commonalities among them. Even in the silence of the piece, the potential for improvisation is apparent since, as Trepp states, “the work is the music—visual music”.

In 2012 Trepp placed drastic limits on her art making practice: she would not buy any new materials (art or otherwise) for her studio. Since then she has relied on repurposing past artworks, drawings, and sculptures into raw art-making materials. Trepp approaches her self-imposed limited resources with ingenuity, wit, and a patient ferocity that enables her to continually produce complex and visually compelling animations and artworks. In "I Work With What I Have" these recycled materials become hand-made visual elements that move throughout the walls of the gallery with a hypnotic frenzy. The bustling stop motion animations include hundreds of photographs documenting the artist’s choreographed material manipulation.