MAKERS Ivan Cheng • Finality’s an Ashtray

Over Finality’s an Ashtray
Muziek performance
Finality’s an Ashtray is een muziekperformance als een auto-ongeluk, een meditatie op input en consumptie. Chengs poëtische taal en de duistere vorm die hij aan zijn klank-gedicht meegeeft nemen je mee naar een plek die het midden houdt tussen droom en werkelijkheid.

Finality’s an Ashtray is a performance as car crash, a meditation on inputs and consumption. It is scored as live performance for camera, which has audience as witness, and formally superimposes of 3 sonic ‘spaces’ into one – a stage with speaking performer, an unseen instrument heard amplified from another room, and a live, variable chorus. With an open question of finitude, it is digestive in its flexibility of staging, shifting and adapting to also hold the context it is in.

Over de maker
Ivan Cheng focuses within his practice on misunderstanding, abrasion and desire in the act of reading, often gesturing towards systems of power and reproduction. He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. He holds an MFA in Critical Studies (Sandberg Instituut), having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Text-based performances have been presented in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Amsterdam, Vilnius, Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Krakow, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Bonn & Köln. He initiates project space in Amsterdam.

Performance, text, arrangement, costume, light: Ivan Cheng. Pumice glass instrument: Eric Pipien. Featuring ‘A Burning House’, ‘Saintly Prince’, and ‘A Well’ by Marcus Whale. Appearing with previously unheard, original midi accompaniments by IC (2015), and rehearsal recordings with the ‘Standard Stare’ ensemble (2018) – Gailė Griciūtė (prepared piano), Julia Reidy (12 string guitar), Marcus Whale (amplified voice, mixer).

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