Your Magnetic Lifetime (2004-)

(castellano mas abajo)

Audio Installation, Workshop.

– Magnetic materials

– Modified cassette recorders (battery operated)

-Wall mount materials

What does your credit card sound like? Your Magnetic Lifetime is an ongoing project, first conceived in 1987 after experimenting with Paris RATP tickets, using found magnetic material, or items with a magnetic strip or coating. This generally involves: bus, train and air tickets, credit and debit cards, access cards and electronic room keys, car park tickets, bank books, store cards, medical cards, identity cards, etc. Your Magnetic Lifetime transforms magnetic ‘trash’ which has outlived that narrow and functional character into a compositional process/sound environment.

A selection of the magnetic waste described above is arranged in different combinations with various content. Some strips contain messages recorded by the artist which vary from exhibition to exhibition. Sound is generated by using hand-held modified cassette recorders to ‘scan’ the tracks. Visitors to the installation are encouraged to participate and to ‘play back’ their own credit cards and tickets, to see them as instruments they never even knew they possessed. This enables a variety of sonic environments to come into being, and new performance relationships to appear in such impromptu ‘jam sessions’. The resulting soundtrack of bleeps, tones, snatches of words etc. is thus assembled from someone’s Magnetic Lifetime.

Review of 2007 Berlin installation – iMomus


Instalación Audio

Material magnético analógico

Lectores portátiles (reproductores de cassettes modifcados)

Placa de paréd

¿Cómo suena mi tarjeta de crédito? Estas tarjetas, junto con los billetes de transporte, las tarjetas sanitarias y tarjetas de acceso (a parkings,  hoteles etc.), forman parte de la basura cotidiana, y sin embargo, no se llega nunca a apreciar sus posibilidades creativas, ya que una vez que caducan o no cumplen su función original, se les condena a la basura. Sin embargo, las bandas magnéticas presentes en estos materiales son una fuente de texturas sonoras sin explotar.

Your magnetic lifetime aprovecha materiales, (cinta de audio analógica, tarjetas de crédito y avión, billetes de transporte, tarjetas-llave de hotel, etc) que han sido recogido en Paris, Bilbao, Liverpool, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Berlin, Lisboa, Madrid y Barcelona.  Se les roba el contexto original, transformandoles en una declaración cultural, creando un contexto nuevo donde un publico se hace creador y participe, haciendo música con medios que ni siquiera fueron concebidos para tal fin.

Se facilitarán al público unas herramientas para que puedan grabar mensajes e incluirlos en la placa sonora.   Los únicos límites se definen por el espacio de pared y lectores magnéticos portátiles disponibles.

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