Metric Displacement

Installation piece, 2021-2024

By Annie Aries, Brian House, Marcel Zaes

Locations: Bern, Providence, Portland -
Amherst, Bern, Shenzhen

Support: Swissnex San Francisco, Gray Area, Lewis & Clark College, Brown University, Hochschule der Künste Bern. Thanks: Mary Ellyn Johnson, Inga Chinilina.

Three electronic musicians, quarantined in different cities across the globe, each records a series of short rhythmic loops. Each loop is subsequently cut into a lock groove on a vinyl record and played back on a turntable in each location. Video and audio from the turntables are streamed to a Zoom meeting so that the rhythms can be heard together, but only as transformed by the temporal distortions inherent to Zoom and to online relationships. Each day, new lock grooves are selected after the previous ones begin to physically degrade from continuous playback.

All photos (c) 2021 by Annie Aries, Brian House, Marcel Zaes