39bpm is a sound installation comprised of a rocking chair and running clothes dryer. The audience is invited to turn on the dryer and rock back and forth in the chair while listening to the subtlety of the installation. It was part of an exhibition called More Often Than Always / Less Often Than Never. Curated by A Noxious Sector Project (Doug Jarvis and Ted Hiebert)
Micro changes in the sounds/beats created by the rolling dryer drum and the rocking bring into question the aural imaginations of the mind. Fully experiencing this piece emphasizes the absurdity of the participant’s actions in a traditional art gallery.
It is recommended that headphones be used to listen to this recording due to the nature of the sound in this artwork.
39bpm was exhibited at the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia. This group show’s curatorial direction questioned the notion of imagination and reality. LINK TO EXHIBITION WEBSITE
Sector Curatorial Statement
Commencing from Alfred Jarry’s invention of “pataphysics” (the science of imaginary solutions), Victoria-based Curatorial Collective, Noxious Sector (Doug Jarvis and Ted Hiebert), will undertake More Often Than Always / Less Often Than Never. Artists from around the world will propose imaginary solutions to real questions, according to their own notions of imagination and reality. A century after Jarry, both science and the artistic imaginary have evolved. Science is no longer subject to simple true/false answers. Instead uncertainty, probability, multi-dimensional theories of resonance patterns, strings and branes and virtual anti-partner particles have been imagined into existence so the explanations themselves would make sense. The Curators will holding a series of séances with Alfred Jarry to make the final selection of projects.