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

Text based working method
During the lockdown, Alexandra Roozen studied the 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 text, in combination with a monospace grid from which Alexandra always works, letters are composed into so-called word drawings.

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

First set of 9 drawings
You can see below the first set of drawings; It is a composition of the text: SOUNDS OF CONTACT MUST BE BALANCED WITH THE TONE, and an image of a detail of the word drawing: WITH.

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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