Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe + Sabrina Ratté
Artists Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Sabrina Ratté collaborate on Peradam, a new audio and visual performance that intertwines voice with synthetic sound and image. Using real-time synthesis, Ratté modifies live video, while Lowe uses his voice as the source of his sonic manipulations.
Inspired by René Daumal’s novel Mount Analogue, the first work of literature to use the word peradam to describe “an object that is revealed only to those who seek it,” Lowe’s composition for the modular synthesizer focuses on the texture of a consistent equilibrium between the peak and valley of a sound wave to create a heightened experience akin to ecstatic music.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a Brooklyn-based artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist working with long-form improvisation utilizing voice and modular synthesis. Lowe approaches sound in a way that is transformative, which is most important when observed in a performance setting. The creation of ecstatic forms has been the focus of collaborations with Doug Aitken, Tarek Atoui, Lee Ranaldo, Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Lucky Dragons, Nurse with Wound, Rose Lazar, Monica Baptista, and many others.
Recent projects include Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK (2010); Visiting Tarab with Tarek Atoui, Performa 11, NYC; and Revisiting Tarab, Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah, UAE (2012); CPH:DOX, Copenhagen (2011); A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Finland/Norway/Estonia (2011-2012); La Suite pour une Nuit Blanche, Paris (2012); La Suite, Serpentine Gallery, London (2012); In the Wan Light of Napalm and Moon with Evan Calder Williams, ISSUE Project Room, NYC (2012); Trompe L'oeil, Microscope Gallery, NYC (2013), and Fjords, PS1, NYC (2013).
Sabrina Ratté is a Montreal-based visual artist. She received her BFA and MFA in film production from Concordia University in Montreal. Through the transformation of a particular space or the use of electronic signals, her videos create virtual environments where architecture and landscapes fall into abstraction. Her work is also inspired by the relationship between electronic music and the video image, and she often collaborates with musicians for finished pieces as well as in live settings. Parallel to her solo work, Ratté is the visual part of Le Révélateur with the electronic music composer Roger Tellier-Craig.
“The diamond is the product of the degeneration of the peradam by a sort of quartering of the circle or, more precisely, cubing of the sphere.”
—René Daumal, Mount Analogue, 1964