Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Grinding Gig (1992) / Building Empty Holes (1993)

The first time The Grinding Gig was performed outside of Europe was Dec 1992 in New York, in a dark warehouse basement full of junk. The main source of lighting was the blank static from a TV set hung just above the performers. During the whole 25 minutes, a petrol-like fragrance poured out from the grinder’s motor. As the microphone was slowly pushed into the grinding wheel, it turned into a fine black powder which filled the air. Just two weeks later, with a screwdriver in hand, GX Jupitter-Larsen quietly removed 100 screws from the Coney Island Boardwalk. Staged during most of the day, this performance was another variation of Building Empty Holes.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Changing The Tire (1995)

New York June 1995: A young girl in a gown was wearing an auto tire over their shoulder like a sash. Using an electric drill mounted with a sanding wheel, GX Jupitter-Larsen was wearing away at this tire for 30 minutes. A third performer was processing the resulting sounds. The smell of rubber filled the small club. Polite applause followed.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Meuble pour Trous (1991)

Paris, Oct 24 1991: Two members of The Haters were involved as one performer tore paper while the other used an electric drill to build lots of little empty holes in an variety of large wooden objects. Entitled “Meuble pour Trous”.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Orbit About The Polywave

Since 2009, a team of artists and technicians, in Graz Austria, have been constructing a nanosatellite for low earth orbit. Mursat1 is scheduled to launch in late summer 2012.

In addition to its normal functions, the satellite will implement a performance piece by GX Jupitter-Larsen. Entitled Orbit About The Polywave, Mursat1 will count its steps while in space.