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More Pieces, More Systems

December 6, 2012


Rene Barge Visual Score 2012Above is an instance of the evolving performative score posted on November 23, 2012.

Through computer science, my consoles and devices, and the modular electro-acoustic systems I have been exhibiting at Dorsch Gallery since 1999, I have developed an acute sense, an identity, for my alternative ecosystems. As the world became virtualized, a connected environment became relevant to me. The best examples of my interest in a connected environment are documented at Dorsch Gallery: the installations, Tint and Texture, Drops, and later when I invited Gustavo Matamoros to collaborate with me at Dorsch Gallery and we installed Two Chambers Divided by An Opening. These installations were spatialized systems that merged with the space, producing an alternative experience with all objects connected. The visual scores I am documenting here evolve from a connected system of performed relaying processes that yield outcomes in and of themselves, and outside of themselves. They are modular, evolving from what I know best, and cross-polinate other areas of interest such as organizing sound and objects in a space. The observed behavior emerges from gestures that reinforce concepts and spatial qualities that I identify with in working with a space, such as movement and stasis. These spatial qualities can be found within the OS of the products I interface on a daily bases; my consoles and devices, the tools that I identify with in my daily life and practices.


Porous Scores

December 3, 2012


Rene_Barge_Visual Score5_2010The visual scores began to emerge around 2010. Above is probably one of the first, generated after exhibiting a porous body at Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Fl. I got increasingly tired of sitting back and attentively listening to sound works I was attending to at that time.  Piddling with audio work, I began to identify visual elements in the space I was attending to with audio elements I was listening to, and decided it would be a good idea to work with the two mediums simultaneously. The amplified contacts, filtered textures, and acoustic colorants produced in the visual works became interventions at the elecro-acoustic table and later vice versa.

Rene Barge

In Systems I Find Pieces; How to Make a Good Thing Better

November 23, 2012


Above is an exhibited poster I designed in collaboration with my apprentice Stacey D’Andelet using processes for design outcomes. Around 2008, when I began to collaborate with David Dunn, David and I engaged in conversations regarding our interests, concerns, and processes. I am always eager to move on and employ new found insights during my sonic and visual practices. David introduced me to Autopoeisis; an organization that produces itself. At that time, I was already thoroughly engaged in systems to drive my audio work and during 2006 had begun to employ them to make photographs; see the print below, A Pollinator of The Submerged Peninsula, produced around that time.

Since then my interests in systems, employing processes informed by science, and internalizing experiences into my work has continued to evolve. Autonomous systems, cellular automata, shuffle algorithms are but a few concepts that have entered my complex relays. They are absorbed into my processes to coax my course, arrangements, and find approximate solutions to my idiosyncrasies. Below are examples of emergence in the performative visual scores I am presently using to post-arrange audio recordings I made in the Buena Vista Building, in Miami’s Design District, during a sound installation I was curated into on October 19.

My sound piece was commissioned by SFCA for the Listening Gallery with funding from the Knight Foundation, and with additional support from the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Sennheiser USA. The event was organized by The Night Club and the guest curator was Gustavo Matamoros. The event was titled Acoustical Transpositions in a Single Architectural Space and it featured a conversation with Vito Acconci centered on issues and ideas about sound, design and architecture. Vito Acconci has been named Designer of the Year by Design Miami 2012; however, for personal reasons, Vito Acconci could not attend the featured conversation for this event.

Below are two photographs of my installation during the time I prepared the sounds for the Listening Gallery using a piano altered by Alison Knowles and processing. In the background are a series of posters by my apprentice Stacey D’Andelet for performances by Jaap Blonk. The posters are unique as a result of glitches employed with my printer.

My performative visual scores, above and below, are for large scale metallic prints, they are documentative and convey information during my present audio processes. They are in the process of changing in form and nature while simultaneously transforming the structural properties of an acoustic body that once was. In the visual scores you will find the evidence of cellular automata I have programmed to use both visually and sonically. You will also find the games I’ve employed, relatively simple interactions, for new patterns to arise. A snippet of the audio work in progress can be found here.

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Listen to Bullion Algorithm and Drifts by Rene Barge

August 27, 2012


The composition, Bullion Algorithm and Drifts, was produced from experiments held at Bridge Red Project Space, Miami, FL, USA during May 2012 and where I collaborated with sound artist, Gustavo Matamoros. I post-arranged, for a stereo relay, my contributions to the multi-channel space as an extension of its original form; evading its original context into a new form: shape, structure, color, and pattern. In the title, Bullion Algorithm alludes to strategies that explore acoustic phenomena such as our perception of spatial resonance or phase interference between closely tuned pitches popularized by Alvin Lucier. In the title, Drifts makes reference to the morphology introduced by my idiosyncrasies and my need to recontextualize ideas that often times produces inquisitive behavior to emerge and thus an alternative meaning and function. There is no other way this composition could have been produced. A video of me, questing for sound at Bridge Red Project Space is available here. To listen and purchase Bullion Algorithm and Drifts please visit Nautical Miami Bandcamp from here.

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Listen to Nautical Miami Part One, Part Two, and Part Three (excerpt)

August 26, 2012


Kerry Ware and I have settled on a conceptually and visually restrained version from multiple sketches we explored over the summer for the Nautical Miami unique 7″ scheduled to release January, 2013. The sketch is serving as a model for the production of 250, limited edition, color pencil and water color on hand made paper, white vinyl 7” that is taking place until their release and thereafter as we continue to take time to produce new work. A glimpse into the sonic attributes of the unique 7″ is available at Nautical Miami Bandcamp where you will find other projects as they become available.

Rene Barge

Unique, Limited Edition Nautical Miami Release 01 Coming

July 18, 2012


Kerry Ware and I have begun to sketch ideas for what will become 250 unique, limited edition 7” vinyl bonus tracks to accompany our first Nautical Miami downloadable release. They will be available to the first 250 downloads. Each vinyl 7” will come with a unique visual composition made of color pencil and water color on hand made paper.  The unique visual pieces are designed alluding to cycles or calendars. They are an embellishment of detailed climatic life in Miami, FL in that they appear to be informed by an elasticity of wet and dry micro-rhythms. The audio composition itself alludes to our two yearly seasons: a wet season and a dry season and are comprised of recorded walks, transducer systems on reflective surfaces, filters and processing.

Rene Barge