Author: A. Glass-Kantor. Editor: M. Newton. Publisher: Lenz, 2022. ISBN: 9780646856179. Format: Softcover, 210 x 280 mm, 408pp.
DESASTRES is an experimental noise project that synchronises sound with image and takes the form of a durational solo performance that Marco Fusinato performed live in the Australia Pavilion for the duration of the 59th Venice Biennale. Using an electric guitar, he improvised slabs of noise, saturated feedback and discordant intensities to trigger a deluge of images onto a freestanding floor-to-ceiling LED wall. The images are sourced via a stream of words that have been put into an open search across multiple online platforms.
This expansive publication accompanying the work features a new essay by Branden W. Joseph, professor of art history at Columbia University and an extensive interview by curator Alexie Glass-Kantor with Marco Fusinato. It also includes texts by critical theorist and filmmaker Elizabeth Povinelli, AI researcher and author Kate Crawford, writer and curator Chus Martínez, and musicians/outre-guitarists Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Stephen O'Malley (SUNN O)))) and Bruce Russell (Dead C).