Where does one travel when one listens to music? And can any sonic journey – an expedition into what Schopenhauer called “the inexpressible depth of music” – ever find representation in one’s physical disorientation within space?
Such questions are just two that came to my bewildered mind during the 45-minute participatory performance piece The Memory of W.T. Stead, a new collaboration between multidisciplinary artists Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl, and avant-garde pianist Cassie Yukawa.
Lundahl&Seitl and Cassie Yukawa, 'The Memory of W T Stead'. Commissioned by NOMAD and MontBlanc and supported by Steinway.
The work takes place at Steinway Hall – piano-makers Steinway & Sons’ West End showroom – over a fortnight from Monday, and is commissioned by Nomad, an organisation dedicated to radical art projects in non-art spaces.
I didn’t read the press release before I participated, and I was pleased not to know much about what transpired to be a transcendental experience; for that reason, there is little I should write here about what awaits anyone lucky enough to get a ticket. If you do, prepare to have your eyes closed during the performance and your ears slowly opened to sound.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and contributor to RA Magazine