Glesum is an audio-visual work for diffused performance that makes use of a single source material as the main subject.
Having had numerous conversations and visits earlier this year with Rachel Elliott – a glass artist from Edinburgh – a collaborative project emerged that would highlight the process of glass-art, making using cold and warm techniques rather than the long-established process of glass blowing which is often the only form of glass making that is documented.
The cold and warm techniques that are used by many glass artists still involve the manipulation of glass, cutting, heating and cooling processes, but make use of much smaller tools as well as fridges and kilns.
The piece explores the sonic and visual qualities of glass as a material and the transformative processes it undergoes.
The composition blends unprocessed and manipulated recordings of the glass-making process itself with sounds of finished glass works being activated with a violin bow – fusing the rougher, more mechanical sounds of creation with the polished musicality of the material in its completed form.
Filming and photography by Patrick H. Lauke
Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds (2011)
Collaboration with Glass Artist: Rachel Elliott
Sound Design / Composition: Karen Lauke
Video: Karen Lauke
Photography: Patrick h. Lauke