Soundtracks

Kochi-Muzuris Biennale: 12 December 2012 – 13 March 2013

Invited to participate in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, India’s first international biennale to be held in Kerala, Dylan Martorell presented Soundtracks. Having undertaken a short residency in October 2012 in the lead up to the Biennale, Martorell collaborated with the local community and developed site-specific robotic (musical) installation.

Additionally, Martorell occupied 4 rooms at Aspinwall House, a large sea-facing heritage property in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry. The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall & Company Ltd. established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. Here interactive, touch activated art works encouraged community participation.

See Bala Starr and Jonathan Nichols review of Soundtracks at the Kochi Muziris Biennale

 

INDONESIA, Yogyakarta/ Jakarta Biennale: 15 December 2011 – 15 January 2012

THAILAND, Chiang Mai: 16 June – 16 July 2012

INDIA, Kochi-Muzuris Biennale: 12 December 2012 – 13 March 2013

Asialink presents Soundtracks, a project by solo artist Dylan Martorell to tour Asia 2011-2013. Melbourne-based Martorell participated in the 2011 Jakarta Biennale: Maximum city - Survive or Escape? (15 December 2011 – 15 January 2012), where he presented an exhibition of nomadic vehicles that explored the human journey and material refuse. In KomPeung, Chiang Mai, Martorell worked with young monks to develop sound works using a series of robotic sound instruments as well as found refuse. In Kerala, India for the Kochi Muziris Biennale, Martorell was commissioned to create a new incarnation of Soundtracks which incorporated new robotic tools, touch activated sound instruments and roving installations.

 


Dylan's short essay on the exhibition.



 

Kochi-Muzuris Biennale: 12 December 2012 – 13 March 2013

Invited to participate in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, India’s first international biennale to be held in Kerala, Dylan Martorell presented Soundtracks. Having undertaken a short residency in October 2012 in the lead up to the Biennale, Martorell collaborated with the local community and developed site-specific robotic (musical) installation. 

Additionally, Martorell occupied 4 rooms at Aspinwall House, a large sea-facing heritage property in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry. The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall & Company Ltd. established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. Here interactive, touch activated art works encouraged community participation.




 

Chiang Mai: 16 June – 16 July 2012

As a residency undertaken by Martorell at ComPeung in Chang Mai, Soundtracks evolved through interactive workshops with the local monk community. Beginning in the town monastery and moving into the forest surrounds, participants were encouraged to view discarded materials in new ways. Re-contextualising refuse into musical instruments by combining them with small robotics, new methods of expression were developed. Ordinarily forbidden to play music, these young monks embraced the opportunity to indulge in new methods of artistic expression. 

è Issuu publication of Thai translation

è Flickr album (ComPeung)

Yogyakarta/ Jakarta Biennale: 15 December 2011 – 15 January 2012

Illustrating an active practical demonstration of the long-held investigation into the concept of musical diaspora in his practice, Dylan Martorell’s project focuses on the creation of a series of nomadic sculptural exhibitions and performance vehicles that will move across various locales.

In Indonesia, the works were a combination of pedal powered vehicles and a hand-cart which incorporated modular architectural elements utilised to create various spaces for improvised and collaborative activities. These activities were a combination of musical, sculptural and social outcomes and aimed to target a wide demographic of viewers.

Influenced by street-based examples of portable nomadic activities such as busking, street vending, homeless/disaster shelters, garbage collectors and everyday domestic social activities, Martorell is drawn to the ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, materials, culture and climate to become an agent for cross cultural reciprocation. The work reflects the ways in which Asian cultures approach concepts of recycling, reusing and recontextualizing materials in a way in which developed Western countries have until recently had the luxury of ignoring.