FuturDome is glad to present FOS ‘double performance (April 14 and April 18, 2020), developed for Milan, that takes its cue from the Small White Man project (2010-in progress).
A temporary architectural intervention that will turn part of FuturDome and San Celso’s Church into recording music studios. Using 190 meters of purple Divina, colour 692 and 984, the artist will build a temporary room, a musical-womb of sorts, where, over the course of four days, his ongoing musical project Small White Man will record its second album. Conceived in 2010,
Small White Man is a musical elegy based on a ‘conducting’ framework for musical improvisations through a simple system of coloured light bulbs that are switched on and off by the artist. This system allows him to conduct and co-compose musical improvisations with a group of musicians playing together for the first time. The success of this strategy relies strongly upon the participants’ intuition by erasing the separation between players and conductor, who together become a third unity.
On Tuesday, April 14, thanks to an in-depth research around the city of Milan, developed and planned during the last months, the artist became familiar and had rehearsals with ten classical instruments to enter in resonance with different objects – he had formally conceived-, within a sacred space (San Celso Church, Milan). A time session will be created, between instruments and objects, offering the possibility for spectators and visitors to experience a continuous emotional echoing of sounds and frequencies that will be producing a real symphony of the feelings, expressed among the artist, the musicians and the place. At the end of the long session, the entire sound path will be recorded and it’ll be created, specifically for ancient and sacred space, a special edition vinyl.
Saturday 18 April 2020, inside one of the FuturDome’s flat, during the White Night art program, FOS, together with ten professional musicians, will present a new version of an on-going performance, converted into a domestic realm. The international audieces of miart circuit will be re-signifying the magic of a listening machine that will be changing and modulating its sounds inside FuturDome environments. In this case, a video will also be recorded in San Celso, and it’ll be projected in FuturDome’s courtyard, until 13 June 2020, reproducing both the sound sessions: in San Celso and in FuturDome, exposing also performing objects and sculptures played by the artist and his musicians.
FOS says: “Compare this to a social event where an architectural frame establishes the cultural values and costumes. What sets it off into what is impossible to calculate, is each participant’s references and reactions to the situation, and others’ re-reactions leading it into a myriad of causalities. Nothing becomes something by itself.”
FOS, a.k.a. Thomas Poulsen, was born Denmark in 1971 and lives and works in Copenhagen.
His recent projects and exhibitions include: the group exhibition DON’T WORRY at Kate McGarry Gallery, London (2015); Maggie Margaret lives at fig-2, ICA Studio, London (2015); participation in the group exhibition Trust-The saloon at GL STRAND, Copenhagen (2015); and the comprehensive solo exhibition Koøje (Porthole) at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2015). FOS recently completed the special commission of a permanent champagne bar for the foyer of the Danish Royal Opera, Always Happy New Year (2015) and The Montana Room at GL STRAND (2015). He designed the catwalk space for Céline’s SS16 collection at Paris Fashion week (2015). Since 2013, FOS has been collaborating with the French fashion house Céline, developing a new body of work consisting of unique design and furniture items for the fashion house’s stores. Other projects include Small White Man – Echo (LP) (2015), Still Waters Run Deep, Odense Kunsten, Brandt’s Odense (2014); Agora, Athens Biennale, Athens (2013), Declaration of Unsolid Memories, Camden Arts Centre, London; Bageri, Andersen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012, which was awarded the Statens Kunstfond Prize, Denmark; OSLOO—A COLLECTION OF CENTERS, Armory Performance, New York, 2012; One Language Traveller, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark, 2011. FOS participated in the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011, with Osloo and as part of Speech Matters, Danish Pavillion.
FOS’s current projects include the commission Your Success Is Your Amnesia, for the redevelopment of a square in the Efterslægten school in Copenhagen, several private commissions and the participation in Performa 15, the biennial of visual arts performance in New York.