Matthias Schack-Arnott performs an expansive percussion work that is simultaneously instrument and installation. Renowned for his unique take on the percussive medium, Schack-Arnott’s works are often created in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians.
For Field Sever Points, small percussive objects are suspended en masse to create elaborate kinetic systems, with the vertical movement of each suspended point programmed down to the millimeter using an electronically engineered system. Musically informed by Iannis Xenakis’ stochastic methods in which hail patterns can provide mathematical frameworks for rhythm and texture. A hovering plane of percussive objects suspended above granite and water, moving of their own accord in shifting formations like strange acts of nature. Exploring the mysterious undercurrents that connect the singular and the plural, the individual and the chorus. The act of sound creation is ritualised, physicalised and continually recast.
Field Sever Points is a continuation of Schack-Arnott’s exploration of hyper-expressive percussive environments.