Record Attempt

Installation and performance

Record Attempt

Image: Marcos Morilla

This installation and performance platform presents a live stage and an archive of attempts by participants trying to beat the record for the ‘Longest Guitar Solo Ever Played’. At the time of the opening of the exhibition at LABoral the record is established in 15 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

The piece will kick off with an attempt by the artist. Thereafter, the competition is open to the public to respond to the challenge throughout the duration of the museum exhibition, by appointment. All performances are supervised by a notary and will be streamed online. During the actions, the audience is physically separated from the activities that take place within a closed sound booth that provides a peep window for viewing. When the booth is empty, it functions as a silent witness of the preceding attempts. In both cases, the installation space is referring to the aesthetic potential of a live performance event introducing the idea of show and competition as ambiguous musical parameters.

Additionally, the room is layered by a silent video documenting the first record attempt by Kubli synched with an audible confession-like text by the artist revealing candid motives that finally led to perform ‘The Longest Guitar Solo Ever Played’. As the search for biographical initiatives proceeds, a particular mental and social image unwinds.

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Thom  Kubli

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, 1969

ACTIVE PRESENCE
5
Oct
2012
24
Feb
2013

Action, Object and Audience

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