For standing bells and amplified lake

Often reduced to be presented as “tibetan” “singing” bowls commercialized in the context of the New-Age culture since the 1970s, standing bells are bowl-shaped inverted bells that originate in ancient China and are widely used in Buddhist music and rituals in Asia (rin or kin in Japan, qing in China…). In the workshop / performance, a collection of standing bells from different regions of Asia are  played afloat on lake water and amplified by hydrophones set on the lake floor.

Commissioned by Sonic Topologies, the piece is to be performed in the shallow water near the shore of the Saffa Insel, the small artificial island on the Lake of Zurich, which was made by a group of women as part of a feminist exhibition in 1958. 

The workshop is intended to be an experimental process to collectively shape a composition from a sketch proposed by the artist. Participants will explore different configurations of listening systems using several types of microphones and diffusion / monitoring devices, as well as methods of performing, between improvised and composed, focusing on fluid movements of materials and environmental situations.