by ICA London
'Quartet for Thingly Time' by the Grubby Mitts
Composed by the Grubby Mitts (Andy Holden & Roger Illingworth) for the Andy Holden's exhibition Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. Performed live in a single take on piano, clarinet, cello and violin.
The piece is composed from transcribing field recordings of the sounds of arcade machines communicating in peer arcades around the east coast of England. The piece takes the eight part structure of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and uses techniques reminiscent of Messiaen's transcriptions of birdsong, and his idea that birds might be ""the opposite of time"" in order to compose the piece. The concept of Thingly Time was suggested by Dan Cox on the morning of his death in 2011 as a concept for Holden and Cox to use in order to curate the then upcoming exhibition at Kettle's Yard. It stems from Cox's reading of time in Marx's Capital and a new reading of Holden's sculptures. The piece first played outside the doors of Kettle's Yard to mark out the exhibition's territory and call people into the gallery. The piece was then remixed by Philip Jeck to provide the same function for the exhibition, ""Dan Cox Library fo r the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time"" at Cubitt in 2012. Here it is given it's autonomy to negotiate new territories.
Andy Holden (b. Bedford 1982, lives and works Bedfordshire, UK).
Recent exhibitions include Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time, Cubitt 2012, Andy Holden in Dialogue With, Benaki Museum, Athens, 2011, Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 2011, Art Now: Andy Holden, Tate Britain 2010, and Art Now Live, Tate Britain, 2011. Curator of Be Glad for the Song Has No End, A Festival of Artists' Music, Wysing Arts Centre, 2010 and co-runs the record label Lost Toys Records.
With Grubby Mitts: Recent records include, To a Friend's House the Way is Never Long (7"), Standard (7"), and After the Facts (CD EP). Recent concerts include, Milton Keynes Gallery, Colchester Firstsite gallery (invited by Steven Claydon), New Art Gallery Walsall (invited by Bob and Roberta Smith), Tate Britain, and Kettle's Yard Cambridge.
This piece is written as the Grubby Mitts in collaboration with Roger Illingworth, who is also a member of band Buzzard Lope.
Nominated by Kettle's Yard
Image caption: The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time
This work is part of ICA SOUNDWORKS - www.ica.org.uk/soundworks