Of Sight and Sound Performance
Ford Crull and Brandon Ross
137 West 42nd Street
What we normally “see” with our eyes may not be what is really there. We are so accustomed to the obvious we miss the subtleties and nuances that exist at the edges of our consciousness.
By temporarily muting his sense of physical sight with a blindfold while producing a large scale painting, Ford Crull asks the viewer to reconsider the process and means of creation and manifestation. What emerges if we create from what we are able to perceive rather than solely from what we can see?
He does this while immersed in an unfolding "amniotic" field of musical sound,
created live, in the moment, by the ensemble of guitarist / composer / improviser, Brandon Ross.
Of sight and sound raises radically subtle and timely questions about our point of departure as creators: Can it serve us to shift into an alternate point of reference; beginning from a morphogenic field that invites us to reset our awareness regarding (in this case) sight and musical sound? And, if we are served by that shift, what might the benefit be?
We inhabit a period in which our society seems besotted by technological innovation – where the term "tech" commonly refers to objects (and processes) outside of ourselves. The swiftly developing movements of trans-humanism, Artificial Intelligence, and virtual reality appear to be vying for our endorsement… but, what of the technologies of Being? Inner technology.
Have we underestimated the inherent “hi-tech” of our human consciousness as incapable of being a progressive and powerful application?
Of sight and sound is an invitation to reflect upon and investigate vulnerability, possibility, process, awareness, sound and sight.
It is an invitation to re-engage what may be the most advanced tech available to us: the Human consciousness – fueled by wonder, daring and imagination.