“We live today in the age of partial objects, bricks that have been shattered to bits, and leftovers … We no longer believe in a primordial totality that once existed, or in a final totality that awaits us at some future date” – Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
In this work Colin Black explores “slice” as a metaphor to reflect on aspects of culture that have been sliced or separated: the cutting of budgets, the widening divisions within societies, the blocking of transportation routes and fracturing society. Throughout the performance Black will slice audio recordings, media grabs and performed music phrases alongside the sounds of various objects (paper, cardboard, vegetables etc.) being sliced live in the studio. Spoken word motifs including “a slice of life,” “trimming the fat,”and “a slice of the action” will be triggered by the sound of rolling dices so as to point to the role that chance plays in shaping an individual’s destiny. However, unlike William S. Burroughs’s claim that through the use of the cut-up technique “some of the resulting text seems to refer to future events,” this live performance reflects and poignantly draws attention to how seemingly random occurrences have impacted current events. The slicing and dicing of sound components into smaller parts in this performance, is also a metaphor that illustrates the need for a society to analyse issues of inequality more closely and in different ways.
In this work, it is the artist’s intention that any abstraction or obscuring of the sound elements are heard as symbolic sonic Guy Fawkes mask (Occupy movement) gestures and artistically contributes to the overall noise generated by the 99%. This live performance is the artist’s own personal protest, not to put the pieces back together as they once were, back to forge together all the pieces into a new totality where nothing is hidden or sliced away, and as chance has it, is complete with all the rough edges still intact.