FAR Faculty in Residence Rob Duarte is currently exhibiting his electromechanical sculpture Inaneremori at the Grizzly Grizzly gallery in Philadelphia.
Inanerumori is inspired by Luigi Russolo’s Futurist manifesto L’arte dei rumori (The Art of Noises) from 1913. In his manifesto, Russolo argues for a new kind of music — one that reflects the noise of the industrial city, rather than the stale, artificial, and limited sounds of orchestral music. Russolo also designed a series of instrument for producing the noises required for his new Futurist music: the intonarumori.
A week ago, Duarte shipped 75 pounds of electronics to Grizzly Grizzly. This stuff makes up the “heart” of the noise produced by the inanerumori installation — the brutal, limitless spectrum of noise that Russolo’s manifesto described, toned down and limited to 8-bit reproductions of mundane electronic notifications and unalarming alerts. The objects themselves will be generated on site when Duarte lands in Philly, two days before the show’s opening. The large, dark, and clumsy boxes of Russolo’s intonarumori will be translated into a combination of air and a thin skin of translucent plastic: the smooth, clean, light(lite), and non-confrontational aesthetic of a pacified culture.