Opus17aSlimeVariations is a series of reinterpretations of Hanne Darboven's Opus 17a (1984).
Special thanks to Mark Lewis at Yale Union for suggesting we do our own Opus 17a, Guy Birkin for his invaluable help in the realisation of this project, and Florentine Gallwas at Hanne Darboven Stiftung.
"The works of Hanne Darboven work like a mountain: the top can’t be seen from the bottom, the base disappears from the summit, the whole escapes the climber as the pilot misses the point, it stands as metaphor for something that exists metonymically, exists as a surplus of the Real with an excess of the Symbolic, and is both of the moment and continuously monumental." (Vanessa Place in X-TRA)
Opus17aSlimeVariation#1 ─ BUS17a, 12", BUS Editions, 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#1.5 ─ Opus 17a (parking lot version), for Spectrum. Is Anybody There?, Sept 2014, Ars Electronica.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#2 ─ Opus 17a FAT Interval. Installation as part of Interval, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 11/2014 ~ 02/2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#3 ─ for drum machine + 445nm laser + photoluminescent paint, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, February 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#4 ─ for Boss DR-660 drum machine. Lateral Addition, March 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#5 ─ multichannel installation at Call&Response, London, March~May 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#6 ─ for computer controlled carillon system. Tilburg, September 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#7 ─ for Topcat bass. Featuring an essay by Alexander Iadarola. Gmebogosse, December 2015.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#8 ─ for RGBM laser, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, February 2016.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#9 ─ for Roland TR-606 and Roland TB-303. Included in HARDCORE vol. 1.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#10 ─ for pitched digital rim shot. Included in HARDCORE vol. 1.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#11 ─ for dual computer. Kammer Klang @ Cafe Oto, London, 13-12-2016.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#12 ─ for computer and 445nm laser. Konrad Fischer Galerie / Echo, Berlin 16-02-17.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#13 ─ for digital synthesizer and drum machine. Available only if you solve all the mazes in Sn50-3.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#14 ─ for low register wind/string quartet:
Pelayo Fernández Arrizabalaga (bass clarinet), Paloma Carrasco López (cello), María Eugenia Garcia Cameselle (electric double bass), Diego Valls Ortega (tuba). Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 15-02-19.
Opus17aSlimeVariation#15 ─ for computer and video projector. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 15-02-19.
This publication features a conversation between Guy Birkin and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros documenting the reverse-engineering process.
Poster for BUS17a, 2015
Sign for the Call & Response piece, London, March 2015