PLEASE NOTE: The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, November 21 from 6-8pm. See details here.
William Engelen's latest works, Falten [Folds], is an exhibition of a new series of musical scores for percussion by the Berlin-based artist. Falten [Folds] build musical compositions from folded paper. At the start of each composition, Engelen draws a time line on a sheet of paper. Each centimeter of paper corresponds to one second in the score. The artist shapes the paper into three-dimensional forms—ovals, cones, or even knots. He then hand-draws a staff notation on the sections of the paper that are not hidden in the folds. Through this structure of creases and lines, Engelen organizes, through both intention and chance, the elements of sound and silence in each piece. The landscape of the paper determines the music that can be made from it.
In performing Falten, musicians "walk" through this architectural landscape, using the paper’s planes, heights, and structures as parameters for qualities in volume, pitch, rhythm, tension, character, and the spatiality of sound. The lines on the page and resultant folds manifest the score as an intricate drawing. Falten for Percussion consists of eight parts, and will be debuted by the celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon.
Curated by Nova Benway.
William Engelen: Falten is made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund and with public funds from the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York.
Thursday, November 21, 7:30pm during our Opening Reception. No admission fee.
Friday, November 22, 8:00pm at ISSUE Project Room
Celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon will perform William Engelen’s recent work Falten, a hybrid of score and sculpture. Percussionist Eli Keszler and the Ashcan Orchestra’s Pat Spadine will perform Aki Onda’s Damaged, in which slide projections from Onda’s ongoing series of New York street photography serve as visual cues for improvisation.
This is a ticketed, off-site event that will be held at ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn. Please purchase tickets here and use discount code DRAW for a special $12 rate.
Read William Engelen: Falten Lab gallery brochure.