by Dan Senn
|Town (see video) duration 18:57, Headphones
Video with Cycling China (2020)
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Town is a visual mapping of the ground beneath what is now the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
The work is in-camera edited.
"I was living in a loft on Commerce Street at the time, in an inner-city area of Tacoma, Wa, amidst what reminded me of post war Dresden. The environment was a little dangerous (see Gandydancer), rife with public art opportunities (Municipal Dock Installation) but also quite beautiful in degenerative way. The name “Matoca” represented this confused state in 1993 in some way—“Tacoma” letters juggled)—as if the city had lost its direction over time."
of Matoca Town
(2020), using 6
virtual monitors, is not so distant from my intentions back
in 1993. I had been collecting color and
monochrome computer monitors from thrift stores in Tacoma, very cheap,
and playing my videos over groups of these, each turned on access and
at varying angles. While I couldn't easily achieve mirrored images, as
do in the present video, MT
was the first video where I was mapping land in
a sense. Later on, I would map buildings, automobiles,
my kids, etc. each with an increasing rhythmic emphasis i thought of as
"percussive video." This concept was forming in this work."
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|"The first presentations of Matoca Town occurred within an
of my auto-playing sculptural instruments at the University of Puget
Sound, the Kittredge Gallery, in 1994. This version is accompanied by a
music I composed in 2010 called Cycling China, played
on three sets of lyde instruments, (s)
and then a separate set of 12 IKEA bowls. As it happens, the first
presentation my lyde instruments, also thrift store acquisitions, and
of a graphic
notation I developed for these, was for the
opening of the Glass Museum in 2002. The sound track includes 3
variations on the score mentioned above performed in tandem with an IKEA
bowl variation placed used to highlight the point
where a rain storm caught me while filming the work."
Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia and travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist. He lives in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner-collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. Dan is cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia Composers of Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx media festivals in Prague. (read more).