For his first solo exhibition, the Berlin-based artist/filmmaker/composer Gabriel Shalom presents a videomusical suite in five movements. Videomusic is Shalom’s self-invented term for his unorthodox compositions of both sound and images. Shalom’s practice is equal parts avant-garde electronic music composition and hypercubist visual aesthetics.
Taking a cue from Musique Concrète, Shalom slices rhythms and melodies from raw video material, using a self-consciously limited range of processing and effects. Shalom manipulates a broad palette of electro-acoustic sounds into different compositions.
For The Tosso Variations he has recorded several free improvisations by the Japanese musician Shingo Inao. Inao plays his Tosso, a six-stringed sensor instrument of his own design, which reminds of the cello. Inao knows how to play the instrument warmly and sensitively, but he can also make it growl and scream. Each improvisation is performed with Inao dressed in a different outfit.
This series of pullovers are from The Story of Oswald 1848 – a collection created by fashion designer Nicole Roscher for her label Von Bardonitz.
Shalom transforms these improvisations into five audiovisual movements. In this exhibition, Shalom’s five movements are presented as a multi-channel video installation. The distribution of the audiovisual content throughout the exhibition space expands our sense of the space in which the source material was recorded.
Shalom’s suite combines influences of jazz, trip-hop, glitch, free improvisation and chamber music. Working through successive degrees of interpretation – which include detailed graphic notations of Inao’s improvisations – Shalom’s approach is both analytical and spontaneous.