ARCHIVE: MUSIC FOR VOICES (1979/2009)
Image submission (click to enlarge): Music for Voices (1979/2009).
Submission title: Music for Voices (1979/2009)
Submitted by: Barbara Lattanzi
Participant’s field of work/interest: Interdisciplinary Artist
Participant’s Image Description: "Music For Voices" first came into being as a 16mm film made in 1979-80. An opportunity to screen this film thirty years later (2009) as a digital video made it possible for me to revise the work with a soundtrack. The voice of "Music For Voices" is from an audio recording of an improvisation done in the 1980s, by the artist-performer Tony Billoni. In this 2009 version, I slightly shortened Billoni's improvisation but otherwise left it intact. The visuals of "Music For Voices" were produced in a handmade process, by chemically soaking multiple strands of 16mm raw-stock that I had scattered on the floors throughout my apartment. The film was subsequently made into a projection print without ever being run through a camera or subject to a final processing procedure. The resulting visual cascade of this cameraless film functions as the "music" of the title. However, it is Tony Billoni's voice that drives this previously-silent film into places it has never been!"
Translated and woven by Geneviève Moisan.
Translation to Weaving
Pointcarré weaving simulation (click to enlarge).
How to make a “cameraless” weaving?
As the submitted file is a hand made/no final processing “cameraless” film we decided to reproduce the process by hand dyeing the threads used for the weaving. We soaked the threads in different dyes. We then “processed” the threads by weaving them into “frames” or framed patterns. Using that process, it would be impossible to reproduce the same weaving twice as the dyeing application process is very random.
Original Dimensions: Variable as it is a video file. Six images were chosen to be woven as a sequence.
Technique and Process Notes
Structures (click to access structures - available to WDRG members only).
For woven part, the “frames” sequence, we used a screen shot of the video at each minute from minute 1 to 6 for six frames. Those screenshots were then transformed into weave structures using weft-faced structures for the dark shades and warp-faced (white warp) structures for the bright part of the images.
Black wool was used for the contours of the frames to refere to a sequence and the narration of the video.
Warp is white 2/16 mercerized cotton. Wefts are worsted wool, black, blue and hand dyed (Sabraset, direct application proess) natural worsted wool.
Colour reduction for designing weaving (click to enlarge).
The idea of framing each screenshot is really good to show the changes in colors of the dyed weft. Unfortunately, it brings back the idea of a processed film with actual frames. Something that was not present in the “cameraless” video process.
The back of the weavings, however, talks a lot about the frameless process.
Number of Picks: 420
Woven Dimensions: 5.5 x 41 inches
Weaving Density: 76 ppi
Images of Final Woven Samples
FRONT (ABOVE), BACK (BELOW) - two versions. Click to enlarge.