A performance and durational installation in the Guggenheim Museum’s Tower Gallery. Presented as part of the series Performance at the Guggenheim: Blood Makes Noise, curated by Nat Trotman.
In conjunction with her performative sound installation Residue, on November 22, 2014, Lesley Flanigan presented a special evening concert in the museum’s Tower Gallery Level 5. Performing on minimal electronic instruments she builds from speakers and microphones, Flanigan accumulates layers of feedback and vocalization to create a physical field of noise.
As part of the Guggenheim Museum’s series Blood Makes Noise, on November 22 and 23, 2014, Lesley Flanigan presented a unique, durational installation entitled Residue (2014). For two days, her process-based systems generate a mass of sound that occupies this gallery; periodically the artist enters the room and adds new auditory elements. As these textures react to and build upon each other, the space reverberates with subtle sonic imperfections, offering an intimate experience of Flanigan’s sculptural approach to sound.
Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician living in New York City. Inspired by the physicality of sound, she builds her own instruments using minimal electronics, microphones and speakers. Performing these instruments alongside traditional instrumentation that often includes her own voice, she creates a kind of physical electronic music that embraces both the transparency and residue of process — sculpting sound from a palette of noise and subtle imperfections. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals internationally, including Sonar (Barcelona), The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn), The Stone (New York), TransitioMX (Mexico City), CMKY Festival (Boulder), the Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark) and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Physical Editions is the label launched by Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan for releasing their work.