David Moré - The Idiot
DAVID MORE´ - THE IDIOT
In pop culture, classic literature and tarot card readings (the fool), the idiot simultaneously symbolizes potential and failure, knowledge and ignorance, beauty and pained ugliness. In this character we see the promise of our species, as well as the tipping point of our present towards an embrace of our end.
With calculated movement and reckless gesture David Moré weaves a thread through the binary poles of our contemporary landscape, tracing patterns of making that mirror our excesses and restraints, from antiquity to the present. Moré untangles the knots of production that tie together the realms of music, art, industry and self, revealing a path to further complications and failures of logic. In this way, The Idiot, presents a mirror to the complexities and messiness of our modern world.
“The Idiot” entwines the heartache and beauty manifest through contemplation of our natural world. Moré’s sculptures spawn from a civic duty to clean our environment. On excursions to capture audio field recordings he began collecting refuse from the James River and the streets of Richmond. Instead of biking to a dump or recycling center, Moré began storing the garbage in his studio, amassing a large collection of styrofoam, wood, metal drums, buckets, plastic bottles and scrap. Moré temporarily changes the state of the styrofoam, a material with a decomposition rate of 1 million + years, into a liquid that is casts and shaped to form objects that mimic ancient artifacts and plant life. The results are absurd and elegant. Accompanied by a soundscape rooted in Musique Concreté, “The Idiot” presents a beautiful sadness echoing the fragile condition of our world, and at the same time, suggest that solutions exists in the ingenuity of our creative actions.
Born in West Africa, shipped to Chinatown - Chicago in a styrofoam container, long time collaborator Alex Halsted will be performing live sound and visuals via Skype from her Chicago based aquarium. Alex is joined on the clarinet by Julia Lougheed in an new composition by David Moré.