10 May 2013, 20:00 - 23:00
To scan through a radio dial is to read mass culture’s unwitting diary. “Private Language,” the audio-visual duo of Melissa F. Clarke and Nat Roe, meshes audio collages produced by live radio transmissions with streaming Internet video improvised live in Jitter/Max/MSP. Sonically, “Private Language” appropriates, collages and processes radio signals using digital and analog means, as well as exploiting sonic qualities inherent to the playback device. In the hands of the artist, signifiers of mass culture become tools for subversion. Private Language’s arsenal contains inflections of Brion Gysin’s cutups, John Cage’s chance composition, DJ Screw’s codeine-tinted outlook, and the chaotic anxiety of no-wave. Visually, kaleidoscopic geometrical solids frame diaristic encounters with culture as surreal, uncanny and sometimes alienating. Video footage is sourced from Youtube using software that employs similarity algorithms to cycle through visuals in a manner reminiscent of flipping through a radio dial. Through both communication mediums of radio and live-streaming net video, mass information access becomes a third collaborator to which the artists respond.