"This is how it should be done. Lodge yourself on a stratum, experiment with the opportunities it offers find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continua of intensities segment by segment, have a small plot of new land at all times."
– Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
The three works comprising 'Organs' were selected and edited from a year of recordings developed in collaboration with choreographer and artist Julie Tolentino in 2014. Three separate projects were documented through audio recordings of performances and rehearsals, as well as related field recordings. Each piece recalls a matrix of encounters between a specific body (or bodies) within a unique context, conducting and responding to sounds, both electronic and organic. The interplay of the soft tissue, sinew, bone and blood of the body-organ, pushing against/within/outside the sustained tones and synthetic expressions of the techno-organ. Each organ exists simultaneously alienated from, and an extension of, the other.
'Somniloquy' was constructed using a recording of Tolentino “playing” the broken organ in preparation for the performance 'Process(ion)X' at the Church of the Epiphany. 'The eyes of fire' is based on a recording from Drive Your Cart And Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, a nine hour performance with Julie Tolentino, Stosh Fila, and Robert Crouch at the San Francisco Art Institute, curated by Tania Hammidi. 'The Propaganda of History' was developed from a series of recordings made during rehearsal sessions with Tolentino and Mark Steger, with additional field recordings of Fourth of July fireworks from Madison, Wisconsin.
released 28 April 2015
Edition of 500
released May 12, 2015
All audio recorded at the San Francisco Art Institute; The Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights; Madison, WI; and Downtown Los Angeles.
Thanks to Julie Tolentino for her courage, inspiration and generosity, and Stosh Fila (aka Pigpen) for his fearlessness. I would also like to thank John Burtle, Alexandra Delafkaran, Pony Lee Estrange, Anja Flowers, Emi Fontana, Shoghig Halajian, Tania Hammidi, Geneva Skeen, Mark Steger, and the San Francisco Art Institute. And always, my deepest thanks to Yann Novak.
Cover: Julie Tolentino: 'Drive Your Cart And Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead', 2014. Photo by Robert Crouch.
Robert Crouch is an artist and curator whose work encompasses sound, performance, and technology. As an artist, he locates
his work with the intersection of post-phenomenological listening practices, conceptual sound art, and contemporary electronic music. Similarly, Crouch’s curatorial work focuses on the overlapping disciplines of sound, technology, movement, and performance....more