Ray Lee’s work investigates his fascination with the hidden world of electromagnetic radiation and in particular how sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena. He is interested in the way that science and philosophy represent the universe and his work questions the orthodoxies that emerge and submerge according to the currently fashionable trends.
The Talk will be at:
University of Minnesota
Carlson School of Management
Hanson Hall ( on Riverside and 20th Ave S. )
“I could have sat for hours hypnotized by the final crystal chord of the spinning oscillators” – Live Art Magazine
‘Siren’ is a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light. Twenty-nine large metal tripods, up to 3m tall, have rotating arms that spin around, powered by electric motors. Hand built electronic tone generators power loudspeakers at the end of each arm creating an extraordinary sonic texture of pulsing electronic drones. Small LED’s at the end of the arms trace circles of light as the arms rapidly rotate creating a compelling visual image.
The audience, kept at a safe distance from the whirling arms by a safety barrier, are able to move freely about the space and experience different sonic and visual perspectives of the work. Meanwhile the performers move about within the mass of swirling metal machinery, operating their machines and tuning oscillators to change the musical composition while dodging and ducking the rapid movement of the rotating arms.
Siren will be at Walker Art Center this week only:
Date: Friday February 20, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm and
Saturday February 21, 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm
Place: McGuire Theater
Price: $15 ($12 Walker members)
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