Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer have worked together since 1991 with film and music in a live setting, performing work that explores how sound and image interact, with elements of chance embraced. Sounds and images are culled from the everyday, where the experiential nature of the work takes precedent over overt narrative. Attention is paid to things that often go unnoticed, to how close observation can reveal something new. ISSUE is pleased to present the duo performing Sight Unseen on June 30th, with open installation hours following July 1st and 2nd.
Sight Unseen is image and sound, the drone of a guitar string, the flash of a film frame. An electric guitar is suspended in the performance space, un-tethered from the amplifiers. Projection screens are site-specific, possibly layered one atop another. Suspended guitar and film frames interact, but any part of the room might be used as performance space, with little separation between audience and performer. The intention is to create a sound and light environment where the performers and the audience are engaged in an immersive experience, more circular than linear, allowing for personal interpretation and perhaps meditation rather than fixed exposition.
At ISSUE, the room will set up the room as an installation, with the audience invited to sit and absorb sound and image — an opportunity to get off the street and enter into an open sensory environment. In addition to the Thursday, June 30th performance, visitors are invited to stay for as long as they want during installation hours on July 1st and 2nd. The program is one hour and will loop. Intermittent live performances by Lee with the hanging guitar run throughout the installation hours.