This project includes a short video and a machine-drawn series of 48 works (in progress). The project is based on two scores written by composer Willem Boogman about Alexandra Roozen’s ‘Plain Dust’ series and her ‘Seen by Hand’ series. The renowned Ives Ensemble plays the first part ‘Plain Dust’ in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, read more. The second part, ‘Seen by hand’, was not performed due to the Corona virus.

Text based working method
During the lockdown in 2020, Alexandra Roozen studied the two scores. Texts written in the margins, caught her attention: a remarkably large amount of 64 rules for musicians. For example: Change direction now!, Louder than the others, Always light accents! etc. Based on a selection texts, in combination with a monospace grid from which Alexandra always works, letters are composed into drawings.

Machine drawings and video
The drawings are made with a pencil, controlled by a drill. Alexandra has mastered this unconventional technique through experimentation. She recording this work process and made a short video together with filmmaker Inouschka de Nooijer. The focus in the video TRACES is on the rotation and sound of the machine, as well on the mechanical power versus taming the line into a shape.

First set of 9 drawings
The first set of drawings you can see below is a composition of the text: Contact sounds must be in balance with the tone.

This project is made possible with support of the Mondriaan Fund, Rotterdam Visual Arts Centre and the Droom en Daad Foundation.


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