Aviva Endean is a performance-maker and clarinetist interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. For Shir Madness, Aviva will create 3 immersive sound installations where the audience are invited to listen and engage with sound in unexpected ways.
In ‘Lehadlik’ the audience may take a seat at a dining table for a performance which takes theatrical impetus from the act of lighting two candles before the Shabbat dinner. The piece uses clarinet, Torah incantations, Arduino technology and the elusive flame of candles to create a piece that blurs the semantic and religious purpose of the text, while the cultural and musical resonances of the ritual are maintained.
In another room, the audience is invited to play ‘The Space Guitar’; a series of long taut lines of elastic which can be listened to by attaching stethoscope earpieces to the strings. Audience members can play the lines for themselves or each other by simply using their fingers to pluck, rub, drag or flick the strings.
The final installation is her highly acclaimed video piece ‘A Face Like Yours’ which invites the audience to take part in a sonic exploration of their own face; the experience ‘amplified’ by inserting foam earplugs into their ears. Following the visual instructions from the performer on screen, the audience are led through a series of actions to create a soundscape that only they can hear.