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10th January, 2014

MeleCh: Anat Ben David

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10th January, 2014
Mon: by appointment only; Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat: 11am - 5pm; Wed: 11am - 7pm; Sun: closed
End Date:
18th January, 2014
Stanley Picker Gallery, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

Live Performance: 7pm Wednesday 15 January 2014 / All Welcome
Exhibition: Wednesday 8  – Saturday 18 January

MeleCh is a new audio-visual installation by artist, performer and Chicks on Speed band-member Anat Ben David, comprising a triptych of screens featuring mythical singing characters in perpetual movement, presented alongside a photo-collage demonstrating Body Image Exercise; a callisthenic technique devised by the artist to interact directly with the camera.

The works presented in MeleCh – the Hebrew word for King – have been developed using an improvisational method of speaking or singing words into a sound oscillator and observing their rhythmic effects. The sonic patterns created trigger new ideas about what words to utter and how they might be performed. The themes developed are then constructed into visual narratives through choreographed body movements performed for the camera in a process the artist has named OperaArt.

This working method, honed during Ben David’s current PhD research at Kingston University, is based on biomechanics and performance improvisation that entails a form of subjective bifurcation; the artist split into the two entities of performer and producer by distancing herself from both her body and voice through interacting with digital interfaces.

Please note: The drinks reception for this project will take place from 6pm on 15 January preceding the Live Performance.

For more information please visit MeleCh or the Stanley Pickering Gallery.

Image credit: Anat Ben David MeleCH (2013) digital video still

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