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Intimate Instruments Workshop: Building the Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion

The Linguaphone is a two-player instrument that can't be heard by an audience, built in a collaborative DIY workshop-performance.

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Intimate Instruments Workshop Ljubljana Slovenia 9/19/15

Posted on September 7, 2015 by Chris Reilly

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 2-4pm
INTIMATE INSTRUMENTS WORKSHOP @MUSIC TECH FEST
Cankarjev Dom
Prešernova cesta 10
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
$free
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mtfcentral-tickets-16995781841

At the Intimate Instruments Workshop on September 19, 2015, participants are invited to build and play their very own Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. It is specifically for two players, who face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations flow through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders. Workshop participants – either alone or in pairs – will receive a Linguaphone kit, instructions, and collaborative help in customizing and building their instrument. A communal performance will follow the workshop on Sunday September 20th at 6pm.

Chris Reilly is a Detroit-area artist, hacker and teacher. Chris holds a MFA from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. He is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University. Working individually and collaboratively, his artwork explores telepresence, relationships, physical subjectivity and community building with media including games, performances, relational objects, robots, and open-source hardware/software projects. Chris has shown artwork in solo and group art exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. Recent shows include the Ann Arbor Film Festival; the Intimate Instruments workshop at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; a public installation at Zero1 Biennial in San Jose, CA; and collaborative projects in Hong Kong’s Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. His works have been profiled in Make Magazine, Wired Magazine, and Punk Planet, and Chris has published art texts in Geez Magazine and Infinite Mile.

From the 18th to the 20th of September, Music Tech Fest is coming to Central Europe. #MTFCentral is the festival of music ideas: a weekend of musical discovery and experimentation, held at the incredible Cankarjev Dom in the heart of Ljubljana. Expect to become part of new musical performances and try out cutting edge technologies. There will be opportunities to get involved in new inventions and experiments, jam onstage and hack at the 24hr Hack Camp. We are interested in music for everyone: music that inspires us, enriches our lives and brings people together. Come and connect and collaborate with artists, innovators, and thinkers from around the world and help us celebrate and invent the future of music.

The Intimate Instruments Workshop is made possible in part by a residency with Spread Art @detroit contemporary; a residency at Maker Works Ann Arbor; a project grant from New Music USA; and Eastern Michigan University’s Provost Reseach Support Award.

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Intimate Instruments Workshop Detroit 10/3/15

Posted on September 7, 2015 by Chris Reilly

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, 2015 5:30-9:30PM
INTIMATE INSTRUMENTS WORKSHOP
detroit contemporary :: 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48197
$5 suggested donation for entry (instrument kits are free).
https://www.facebook.com/events/1676505532565844/

At the Intimate Instruments Workshop on October 3rd, 2015, participants are invited to build and play their very own Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. It is specifically for two players, who face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations flow through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders. Workshop participants – either alone or in pairs – will receive a Linguaphone kit, instructions, and collaborative help in customizing and building their instrument. A communal performance will follow the workshop.

Chris Reilly is a Detroit-area artist, hacker and teacher. Chris holds a MFA from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. He is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University. Working individually and collaboratively, his artwork explores telepresence, relationships, physical subjectivity and community building with media including games, performances, relational objects, robots, and open-source hardware/software projects. Chris has shown artwork in solo and group art exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. Recent shows include the Ann Arbor Film Festival; the Intimate Instruments workshop at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; a public installation at Zero1 Biennial in San Jose, CA; and collaborative projects in Hong Kong’s Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. His works have been profiled in Make Magazine, Wired Magazine, and Punk Planet, and Chris has published art texts in Geez Magazine and Infinite Mile.

Spread Art is an artist-run nonprofit based in Detroit, supporting the creation of new works through residencies, exhibitions, events and collaborations. Spread Art supports experimentation, innovation and work that incorporates technology, invites public participation and/or explores immediately-relevant social themes. Spread Art’s residency program supports artists across all artistic mediums with housing, work space, event/exhibition opportunities and more. Residencies vary from two weeks to two months or more. www.spreadart.org

The Intimate Instruments Workshop is made possible in part by a residency with Spread Art @detroit contemporary; a residency at Maker Works Ann Arbor; a project grant from New Music USA; and Eastern Michigan University’s Provost Reseach Support Award.

 

 

prepping for Detroit workshop

Posted on March 1, 2015 by Chris Reilly

details coming soon. meanwhile here’s a sneak peek at the latest Linguaphone!

#studioday

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Chris Reilly

celebrating funding by #prototyping new materials/scents/tone sets/colors!

Overview

The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. The Linguaphone is designed specifically for two players, who must face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations transfer from the instrument through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders.

Linguaphones are built and played by audience participants in a collaborative workshop-performance format, which serves as a vibrant exploration of relationships, cooperation, and community engagement, sparking new and existing social connections.  The inspiration for this instrument is based loosely on my experiences with non-verbal communication in intimate relationships. This workshop is important to me as it offers a point of connection within local communities, and a fun, positive way to explore the complex social dynamics between people.

During the Intimate Instruments Workshop hosted by Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum in April 2013, participants built their own Linguaphones of Tremulous Communion, as seen in the attached video documentation. Wooden and metal component parts, food-safe wood dyes and finishes, hand tools and instructions for building were provided to participants, who together built and played over 80 instruments.

I have received funding through Eastern Michigan University to stage one workshop in the Detroit area in early 2015, and I would like to travel to other cities to stage similar workshops and performances. Additional locations include: San Francisco, where I was invited to stage the Intimate Instruments workshop at the Arse Elektronika conference in October, 2014; Reykjavík, Iceland, where I will be an artist-in-residence at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) in Summer 2015; and Chicago, where I have connections to the art and music communities.

The funding outlined in this proposal will cover costs associated with additional stagings of the Intimate Instruments workshop, including travel, artist’s fee, materials and supplies.

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Linguaphones are constructed and played by audience participants in a collaborative workshop/performance format. During the Intimate Instruments Workshop hosted by Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum in April 2013, participants built their own Linguaphones of Tremulous Communion. Wooden and metal component parts, food-safe wood dyes and finishes, hand tools and instructions for building were provided to participants. Approximately 80 instruments were built by couples and single participants.

Intimate Instruments Workshop: Building the Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion
Features: Chris Reilly

Documentation from the Workshop hosted by Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum in April 2013

Start and End Dates

01/05/201512/31/2015

Location

Detroit, Michigan

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Chris Reilly is a Detroit-area artist, hacker and teacher. Chris holds a MFA from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. Working individually and collaboratively, his artwork explores telepresence, relationships, physical subjectivity and community building with media including games, performances, relational objects, robots, and open-source hardware/software projects. Chris has shown artwork in solo and group…

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One response to “Intimate Instruments Workshop: Building the Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion”

  1. Liam Moore says:

    Looks awesome! Bring it to Minnesota!

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