Artist Sean Duffy (who I’ve written about before) has an installation up at the Arizona State University Art Museum right now. Called The Grove, the installation is a collection of eighteen turntables connected to 400 speakers dangling from the ceiling. The piece is interactive: next to each turntable are crates of records—pop music, classical, audio books, whatever—for you to pick out and play. The more turntables in use, the more chaotic the sound in the room becomes.
The piece, in other words, is intended to be cacophonous. It will be interesting, therefore, to see the DJ collective b3 take on the piece on Tuesday night. The six DJs will use Duffy’s old turntables (no mixers or other special equipment), but—I assume/hope—they’ll bring some of their own records. How much structure and/or controlled chaos will these DJs bring to The Grove? Unfortunately I’ll be here in Los Angeles, so hopefully someone in Arizona can report back—ideally with a youtube clip! Meanwhile, here’s a clip of the piece in action, with audio supplied from an NPR profile.
"b3 in The Grove: A Reaction to the Installation by Sean Duffy" happens at the ASU Art Museum on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. More info here.