Live Nude Art   05.03.11

There is something to be said for experiencing artworks in person. Digital approximations of art are fine to convey a sense of a piece, but does little to impart a visceral reaction. Google's Art Project ( let's you know about museums and their collections, but you don't actually get to know them. It is the same difference between reading a short bio on me, and meeting me in person and speaking with me.

Shamefully, it has been a while since I've sat down and experienced live music. The Tristan Perich concert that we hosted this past Saturday provided me with the excuse to relax a little and listen to sounds made live, especially sounds unadorned by flashy visuals or distractions.

The first piece played, Observations was performed on two sets of crotales along with a three-channel 1-bit accompaniment. Crotales are very dense small metal discs akin to cymbals, but with a brighter sound and a longer resonance. One of the most popular uses of crotales is at the opening of Rush's YYZ. Once the piece started, I noticed how the high-pitched chiming of both the crotales and the 1-bit music rang in my ears providing not just an aural experience, but a much more physical one. I could hear the music, and I could feel it. No headphones or consumer-grade speakers would be able to duplicate that effect. As each subsequent piece was played, I was reminded about the beautiful, sensory experience that a live concert affords.

The same goes for visual art. You can see an archive of our shows on our website, and you can see images in our mailers, but there is nothing to replace seeing the art in person, speaking to SPACES' staff about it, and when allowed, touching the work.

Our next exhibitions open on May 13th. Come see the art in person. Get immersed in Rainbow Lightning's "cave," watch live silkworms being raised (you may even have the chance to take one home to raise yourself), walk around the work, smell it, talk about it and let the live art affect you.

Tristan Perich: Observations

Rush: YYZ

Keywords: music, tristan perich
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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