Inversions began as a live improvisatory piece to be performed alongside Néle Azevedo’s Minimum Monument project in Birmingham 2014. Minimum Monument is an open-air exhibition displaying 5000 figures made of ice inverting the official canons of the monument as, in Azevedo’s words:
“in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral ice; in the place of the monumental scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies. Thousands of small sculptures of ice are placed in public space. The memory is inscribed in the photographic image and shared by everyone. It is no longer reserved to great heroes nor to great monuments. It loses its static condition to gain fluidity in the urban displacement and in the change of state of the water. It concentrates small sculptures of small men, the common men.”
The sound material was recorded during the exhibition’s two week creation period; an intensive production line of delicate sculpting, chiselling and freezing. The fragility of the solitary figures transform into a majestic army as the microscopic sounds of each sculpture multiply in their thousands.
Inversions was composed at the Electroacoustic Music Studios at the University of Birmingham. It is a 24 channel piece. A stereo reduction has been create for review purposes.