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Increments (Serralves, Porto, 20. Sep. 2015)

Increments (Serralves, Porto, 20. Sep. 2015)

Audio documentation of ‘Increments’ by Kovács/O’Doherty, recorded during presentation of the work at Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, on September 20th, 2015. The work was presented as part of the exhibition ‘The Museum as Performance’.

‘Increments’ is a durational installation. Over the course of five hours, in a series of repeating actions, two performers record and play back sound on two drums. The performers switch between adding sound and listening, alternately active and contemplative. Over time, layered recordings are formed of both the drums and their acoustic reflections in the room. The actions taken remain minimal and deliberate, the space carefully arranged. But the sounds slowly increase in volume and intensity, accreting gradually over hours into rhythmic fragments, architectural acoustic traces, and feedback tones. The piece invites viewers and listeners to experience this transition, and to immerse themselves in enveloping sound and repeating motion.