Brandon LaBelle - Street Music
  Year :   2005
  Location :   France
  Worktype :   Video
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Espace Multimedia Gantner, Bourogne





 
  Work Details  
  Forms of transmission and broadcast create spatial intrusions, defining territory according to bandwidth, locational discord, and the mechanics of reception. The street is a site of cultural tension, where the greater demarcations of statehood form a microcosm in the markings of neighborhood, city block, borough, local hang out, etc. To occupy the street is to lay claim, however fleeting, to the potential of making a mark, playing with the defining lines of territory. From a Rastafarian accordion player, a band of Latino jazz players, a team of men dressed up as Santa Claus, a guitarist in cowboy boots, the Queen’s Soldiers Marching Band, Street Music aims for the auditory markings of an urban center. How do the reverberations of street musicians songs come to occupy the street? What are the acoustical tensions found in their voices, in their hesitant or bold or humorous playing?Modern troubadours, minor musicians, or political antagonists... the eccentric styling of street musicians and their sonorous graffiti must be read as a territorial perforation, an addition to the modalities through which music may find audience.