Ad-hoc, prop-making techniques are used to make five Additionals: objects to be placed inside (besides determine the character of) media representing a presence outside of themselves (this text and installation as well as film*).
Each Additional’s pseudo-functionality (namely, structures for ‘communicating, listening, preparing, reading, and public speaking’, respectively) responds to relations between Tiger and the other characters, found in Cornelius Cardew’s score, The Tiger’s Mind.
The contingent, compounding functionality of Addition is a contrasting nod to the ‘minus’ of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s sculpture series Oggetti in meno (1965–66).
Structure for Communicating with Wind
Metallicised space blanket, curtain tape
3200 × 400cm
A space blanket curtain provides presence to what passes unseen and unheard: the abstracted form carrying Wind’s news to Tiger, silently. The golden curtain’s ultra-light material produces an amplified shape and noise from the slightest sigh, and separates inside from out, near from far, dark from light and hot from cold.
Structure for Listening
Speakers, audio equipment, cabling
160 × 210 × 65cm
A ten-channel instrument is built, allowing Tree to compose not only the polyphony of sounds and voices he gives to disparate objects, but also the surroundings in which they and the instrument stand. Each channel has its own pair of speakers, which may also be assembled spatially to sonically model the landscape.
Structure for Preparing the Piano
Plywood, MDF, felt, steel, lightbulb, cotton cabling, socket, paint
165 × 40 × 52cm
Tracking Mind’s movements, it is clear that his body and the chair supporting it are as much his instrument as the piano he plays with his fingers. He is given a wooden stool with the long arm of the adjustable lamp reaching under the piano’s lid and into its body, lighting Mind’s way as he actively exploits each prepared part.
Structure for Reading
Timber Hatherley step ladder, Ercol chair, paint
Structure for Public Speaking
Mild steel, perspex, mirror film
160 × 120 × 230cm
Avoiding a possible climbing accident, Amy is given a Hatherley patent ‘Lattistep’ orchard ladder, topped off with an Ercol Quaker chair, where she can safely read up in Tree‘s branches. In addition, a sturdy aluminium structure for speaking while standing, plus transparent looking glass – preventing the trap of a ‘singular truth’ – supports Circle’s multiple mirroring and framing of Amy’s reading body.
* Documentation, made between takes on set, reveals the necessary movement of Additional people and objects, producing Additionals narrative presence on screen.
Additionals in writing by Will Holder (Amy). Appended and repurposed from the publication The Tiger’s Mind, published by Sternberg Press, 2012.
Additionals were commissioned by Pavilion, Leeds, and developed during The Tiger’s Mind with Jesse Ash as Wind, Celine Condorelli as Tiger, Beatrice Gibson as Circle, Will Holder as Amy, John Tilbury as Mind, and Alex Waterman as Tree.
More information and the exhibition booklet can be downloaded as a pdf