duration & dimension variable
This work was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre, in partnership with the Music Gallery in 2020.
performance views, Noiqouvdcseality, Array Space, Toronto, Canada 2016. Performed by Mickle lynn. Photo by Henry Chan.
S.Q.U.I.R.R.E.L.S. is a score and web app that pulls animated gifs from the GIPHY database using two sets of keywords: one set is based on animals, the other on distinct body languages. As an instructional visual score, S.Q.U.I.R.R.E.L.S. is open for musicians and dancers to interpret GIFs as the smallest units that compose variations and pulses. As a web-based application, S.Q.U.I.R.R.E.L.S. collages and considers GIFs as found moving images that are visual specimens of contemporary tropes and symbols, and our collective behavior patterns.
Predictable uncertain time is programmed in this score-app, querying an indexed database that is built in extracted events, memories and wants. It creates a synesthetic language that is dynamically generative and does not stop making new meanings. Originally based on an English idiom, this work attempts to address that to find is to locate a nut, to land on the signified. The truth or the only perfect mapping is indiscutable when a musician interprets a visual score, or when human associates gestures with movements of animals.