Millions can picture iconic images of rock ’n’ roll drummers like Keith Moon, Sheila E. and Stewart Copeland behind their sets, playing to sold out stadium crowds, but what does drumming look like … from the inside?
Electro Kinetic Grammar, a new work by the artists Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, will combine scientific methods with artistic practice. In this performance turned installation, the artist’s/drummer’s body will be the vehicle to explore the relationship between the musician/artist mind-body complex, repetition, drumming styles, and how this physical activity can be translated through the use of monitoring mechanisms into data, diagrams, spectral images, and other visual forms.
The performative portion of Electro Kinetic Grammar will reveal Nevarez as subject- being monitored as he drums continually on a drum kit containing snare, bass, floor tom, hi-hat, crash cymbal, and ride cymbal. While Nevarez drums- Tevere along with the help of Salisbury University Grad research students will monitor Angel with scientific instruments such as- an electrocardiogram (EKG), an electroencephalography (EEG), and an electromyography (EMG). The findings from these “experiments”, in video, printed, and other mediums- will then be integrated into Angel & Valerie’s final installation one view as of August 26th in The Electronic Gallery: TETC room 128 through October 17th.
Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere’s work has been featured solo exhibits and projects internationally including: Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA.Nevarez, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Tevere, of the College of Staten Island – City University of New York (CUNY), have collaborated to combine art and sound in a number of projects. They have exhibited in Italy, France, Brazil, Germany and Mexico, and at traditional and non-traditional U.S. venues including New York’s Staten Island Ferry. Their recent awards include a Creative Capital fellowship and an Art Matters grant.