Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
1000hz is a frequency commonly used as a test tone in audio perception experiments. Rigorous research into human sensitivity to sound and auditory thresholds has often used 1000Hz as a reference point for determining the quietest tones a person with perfect hearing can perceive. Test tones are also commonly used for configuring audio equipment, PAs, speakers and digital audio interfaces. This frequency is also sometimes used as a test tone for radio or TV stations. Yann Leguayʼs installation piece “Test Tone, 1000hz, 33 rpm” consists of a vinyl record and a record player whose respective motions have been reversed. The player, arm and stylus revolve around the static record in order to create a 1000hz Test Tone frequency, albeit with a momentary glitch at a slightly higher frequency on each revolution. The role reversal here suggests a Dadaist impulse and the contradictory deconstruction of utility proposes a remodification of the perceptual expectations of sound in relation to the materiality from which it arises. Yann refers to himself as a “media saboteur” working counter to accepted norms in auditive performances. He reappropriates the utility of different kinds of media in his installations while releasing a variety of dysfunctional sound recordings. His non-conventional output includes a 7-inch record without a hole as well as performing a live disintegration of a microphone with an angle grinder. Paul Prudence