Thursday, October 2, 2008

works by Yagi Lyota

A gramophone record made of ice starts to melt, suggesting that recorded music disappears
by being played. A turntable with record revolves, playing a sigular tone, while being used as potter's wheel to make porcelain, reborn as a music device to change tone to be itself.
Yagi Lyota creates sound pieces, objects and videos, both in installation and interactive works, using a variety of methods. He employs familiar goods, such as books, records or daily items as his subject, then re-reads and re-edits their functions, to humorously suggest other meanings. The record made of ice starts to melt as soon as it starts to play, and its recorded music is instantly lost. One could call it a very imperfect recording medium. Another piece allows us to 
listen directly to the engraved sound ,as vibration, by putting a pencil point on the spinning record groove instead of the needle.  A record disk as a sound object, to record above -sea sounds and undersea sounds on opposing sides of the record, the disc itself representing the water's surface, as an existence which belongs to both worlds; an extremely thin membrane...

original text excerpted from ICC Online:
emergencies! 008