Nicolas Collins (US): Salvage Performance

Performance: Sa, 06.12.2008, 22.00 h

In Salvage, seven performers attempt to re-animate deceased and discarded electronic circuitry: cell phones, computer motherboards, fax machines, sound mixers, musical keyboards, etc. Six of the players use test probes to make connections between a simple circuit of my design and the electronic corpse; feedback between my circuit and the components on the dead board produce complex patterns of oscillation, that are always changing in response to the slightest movement of the probes. The seventh performer “conducts” the performance by periodically signaling the other players to “freeze” the sound texture by holding their hands as still as possible.