Wake-making: ceremony of a polyrhythmic biogram – Melissa Moore

This installation creates moments that are in transport and go between re-articulations and potentialities, an “abstract machine” of sorts, one that is unstable and contains a spatiotemporal duplicity. With the use of traditional African ceremonial drumming music and invented polyrhythm machines, Moore employed a technique that shifts layered polyrhythms into abstract polyrhythms that are biogrammatic in nature; a language of the body that brings external realities into the internal field. The installation consisted of polyrhythm machines that employ gear motors, actuators, contact microphones and battery controlled speed motor controllers.

Melissa Moore by David Carter for Aural States:

Video Credit: Andy Cavatorta