The Talking Board Project #Db10at10
TheTalking Board is a truly collaborative work devised by Lindsay Vickery and Cat Hope with Decibel.
The piece uses an innovative notation system, where each player has their own "planchette" - a coloured circle enclosing the materials that they must perform. The four planchettes independent traverse the graphically notated score creating a progression of material for the performer's to realise.
To date, the work has seen three versions - the first two using a collection images created and collected by Lindsay Vickery and Cat Hope, assembled in using the surrealist "exquisite corpse" technique (each person can only see fragments of the other's images until they are all assembled). The images are joined and read using the planchette system. Location data from the movement of the planchettes is used to spatialise the sound during the performance. The score was read from a projection.
The third was as part of Sounding Art project in 2017, where an oil painting by Kevin Robertson was 'read' using the Talking Board technique. This time, the score was read 'remotely', and not from the projection as in earlier performances.
The term Talking Board is a generic name for the Ouija board a game invented by Hasbro Ltd that rapidly grew in the early 20th century into a favoured medium for supposedly contacting the dead. In our version the only "ghosts" are (hopefully) in the machine.
CALL FOR SCORES COMING SOON
In 2019, Decibel celebrate ten years by revisiting extant works, and this includes a new Difficult Commission campaign to encourage new works for the Talking Board score format.
We will soon be seeking proposals from collaborative teams of musicians/composers/artists/graphic designers/programmers for new canvas's for the Talking Board project, to be performed in 2020.
Your application will be judged on two aspects - the interest/suitability/originality of the theme you choose, and the quality of your team, which should consist of at least 2 people. Proposals by women and non binary artists are particularly encouraged. The scores should be made with the original exquisite corpse technique outlined on the left. The final image it should be a digital copy of at least 6006 × 3606 pixels in dimension, 20 images in total outlaid 5 x 4. You can trail the image in the new Decibel ScoreCreator.
ABOVE: An explainer video of Talking Board, in its original version.
ABOVE: From the live performance of Kevin Robertson's, 'Meteorite Landscape II', Oil on Canvas, 120 x 300 cm, 2017.
ABOVE: the premiere live performance of Talking Board.