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  • Seismographic Drawings

    The Seismographic Drawings are the first works in an ongoing series of drawings which are inspired by the music of Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905 -1988). These works focus entirely on the line as a means of visualizing internal physical and psychological processes (especially of tension and relaxation) in response to sound. This is achieved both by the maximum reduction of the creative means (e.g. by avoiding or eliminating colour and by using only one drawing tool) and through the establishment of formal and compositional rules (e.g. width, number and spacing of the rows in a drawing) before the actual drawing process starts. Each drawing is created in a single session and consists of a single line, which continues in the head of the artist while he moves to the next row. This process is not interrupted before the end of the last row has been reached. These preparations allow the artist to connect with a moment in the music spontaneously and "in real-time" without having to make creative decisions orevaluations that might cause distraction from the process of "pure recording". In this way the concept of the inspired artist fades into the background.By responding, recording and finally translating the sound into a visual andemotional waveform, he merely becomes a medium of the music with a task similar to thatof a seismograph.
    The Seismographic Drawings were created while listening to the "Quattro pezzi su una nota sola" (Four pieces on a single note) by Giacinto Scelsi.