We’ve had some fantastic responses to the concert that Brian Mackern gave at FACT back in October. To give you a taste of the event and the audience reactions, you can see here a review written by Diana Cullell:
Santa Rosa Storm concert, by Brian Mackern (The Box, FACT, Liverpool, 13 October 2014)
Every year, around 30 August, the Santa Rosa Storm arrives at the Southern Hemisphere, shrouded in myths about saints and pirates. And on 13 October 2014, Brian Mackern, a Uruguayan designer of digital and hybrid net-based projects, presented the Santa Rosa Storm concert at the Liverpool-based cinema and art gallery FACT. The concert, part of the Cities in Dialogue Exhibition, was a sound installation based on the radio-electric interferences caused by such storm, and featured a giant projection of meteorological maps. As well as electrostatic waves, radio signals and radiotelegraphy, another key component of the concert was what the artist called a ‘Fluxus’ box, which combined a statue of Saint Rosa, a candle, and a kit that reacted to the movement of the candle flame.
But the concert was not just about techy stuff! The high- and low-tech elements with which Mackern was deliberately playing came together in the use of body contact: the performer’s body movements controlled the flame and produced an innovative and exciting concert. Mackern manipulated the atmospheric sound recreating the electrostatic presence of the Santa Rosa Storm and increasing the visual interferences of the meteorological maps. The ever-changing concert –completely dependent on physical interaction– effectively explored interface design and sound art. Reclined in one of the comfortable sofas in FACT, one could not help but reflect on alternative representations of
localization and cartographies, and the audience was compelled to cross digital and real environments to find themselves in the eye of a real and powerful digital storm.