Modern Times v01: A performance of art and music from Barton Price
6-8pm December 18, 2023
Disorder Gallery - Darlinghurst NSW
ARIA Hall of Fame composer and performer Barton Price unveils his new contemporary composition with 2D & 3D visual art Modern Times on December 18 at the Disorder Gallery in Darlinghurst.
Modern Times is a collection of four vignettes that discuss the challenges of contemporary life from COVID and related mental health challenges, through unfathomable miscommunication, to the perils of hubris in our globalised societies.
Barton’s work exists at the intersection of contemporary composition and 2D & 3D visual art. He has always painted and drawn as a part of his composition process, but in recent years the importance of the imagery has increased, to the point where his images are now the musical scores for performers to read and interpret, and visual content for the audience to engage with. The score has become the work.
Panic in Edgecliff. 20200719:11.07.26. An autobiographical moment from the early days of uncertainty and fear of COVID.
Perspective: a mini opera for two combatants. A comment on how people can be introduced to the same information, and yet come away with entirely different opinions — such as “I can’t breathe”, a seemingly straightforward statement, yet at least misunderstood if not criminally ignored.
Ancestors. 20231018:02.36.10. A reflection on whether knowledge and advice is passed through generations, perhaps as DNA, or alternatively it’s merely psychosis and voices in one’s head.
Hubris. Probably the world’s biggest score, a 45m acrylic on canvas score. A story from extreme misplaced optimism and ago, to pathetic downfall and failure. Hubris lyric by Steve Kilbey.
Modern Times v01: Panic, Bewilderment, Contemplation and Despair
New art music compositions and score imagery by Barton Price
Jessica O’Donohue, Mezzo-Soprano
Simon Lobelson, Baritone
Jassy Husk, Soprano
John Napier, Cello
Elsen Price, Double Bass
Experience this free event from 6-8pm December 18, Disorder Gallery, Door 108, Corner of Stanley & Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. Bookings online.