Ana Prvacki, Daily practice, tuning performance
Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai
24 December 2016 - 12 February 2017
At McaM Ana Prvački will present her Wandering Band/Performing Daily Practice series. The work was performed at Castello di Rivoli (2009), Pompidou (2010), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2010-2011) and Highline NYC (2010) and will be developed for the context of Shanghai. Prvački will invite local music makers of various and diverse training to the McaM and they will be given free reign to perform their daily practice of scales, tonal exercises, and trills while roaming through the galleries and exploring the visual and acoustic environment of the museum, transforming the museum into a lyrical set. This gesture challenges the way we as individuals (both performers and audiences) physically and aurally perceive space while demystifying the labor of practice.
Every day at the musicians will gather in an attempt to harmonize without a fixed given note. They will bring their traditional Chinese and Western classical training and intuitively work together to find their way into and out of sonic chaos while exploring the conventional time-space limitations of culture and geography, searching for a universal sound of humanity. The tuning will take place around a microphone and the 15 minute exercise will be broadcast through a speaker out onto the street.