The Structures of Everyday Life: Full Circle, 2012, Photography by Dean Goodwin
Designed/drawn by Susan Stenger
Susan Stenger – London, UK
The Structures Of Everyday Life: Full Circle 2012
90 - St. James Park Bandstand
120 King Street East
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Stenger's art focuses on both process and architecture, exploring formal structures that, when activated,
reveal a hidden poetry. From the minimalist rock music of Band Of Susans (1986 – 1996) to her 2006
MOCA Lyon commissioned 96-day Soundtrack for an Exhibition, she has mined the territory between logic
and aesthetics, expanding and abstracting simple cells and gestures to achieve richly complex results.
Full Circle integrates Western music and Eastern philosophy by connecting the harmonic Circle of Fourths
with the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang, marking both the birth and death of John Cage (1912-1992). A
bandstand is transformed into an intimate zone of slowly swelling and subsiding chords, drawing listeners
into its henge-like ring of speakers to communally experience its sound and shape. The evocative cadential
structure resonates and repeats in a different key and instrument/voice every 30 minutes, delicately
balancing a sense of stasis with a feeling of forward momentum.
The installation unfolds on multiple scales during its dusk to dawn rotation, referencing clock time,
lunar waxing and waning, seasonal celestial cycles and the Chinese zodiac; it embodies the unity of constancy
and change reflected in the I Ching while unleashing a true music of the spheres.
Artist Biography: Stenger was born in Buffalo, NY, where she studied classical flute and experimental
music at SUNYAB. She later joined Petr Kotik's SEM Ensemble and began composing and working with Phill
Niblock and Rhys Chatham. She was a founding member of the seminal guitar group Band Of Susans and all-bass
art band Big Bottom. She currently lives in London, England, and has created new work for MOCA Lyon,
Dublin's Analog Festival, Sketch Gallery, London Word Festival, Faster Than Sound, AV Festival, and the
Michael Clark Dance Company.
Commissioned by AV Festival, http://www.avfestival.co.uk