Saturday 12th August sees a live collaborative adaptation of Alvin Lucier's 'I Am Sitting In A Room', entitled I Am Sitting In A Vault at Framewerk Art Gallery at 431 Newtownards Road.
Featuring local sound artists Christopher Steenson & Richard Bailie, with musician Constance Keane performing the piece on the night, the event is intended to highlight how positive feedback systems shape our everyday circumstances. The original piece used positive feedback looks as a compositional device, with a performer narrating a text alone in a room while the audio is recorded. This is then played back into the room and recorded, with the process repeating until the sound of the voice is overpowered by the resonant frequencies of the room, transforming the voice into a time-evolving drone.
Systems of positive feedback are present in various aspects of everyday life. Present in the principles of the free market, as well as in the mechanics of social media algorithms, feedback systems encourage the accumulation of excessive wealth and the storage of copious amounts of private data. In turn, this process increasingly hands power to a privileged few. By using the unique setting of bank to stage the performance, I am Sitting in a Vault will invite the audience to reflect on how endless accretion of money and data, and the feedback systems that underpin these activities, influence our socioeconomic world and the present hierarchies within it.
The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of £5 pounds for the event to help the artists cover costs. Doors open at 7.30pm.