Wind Instruments @ the Block, Marfa, Texas 2016
For the JUDD Foundation & Ballroom Marfa as part of Marfa Myths
Building on a continuing focus of chance and accidents, the site specific sound installation, WIND INSTRUMENTS At The Block, 2016 will focus on the challenges the Judd Foundation faces when presenting sound performances at The Block.
Due to it’s windy environment, Chavez developed a site specific live sound & sculpture installation that highlighted the issues The Block faces, turning what is normally considered a nuisance into a sound piece.
The role of wind is synonymous with sound and music, with air passing through one’s vocal chords in order to speak to acoustic instruments developed throughout time. Pressurized air is also a result from the mechanics of electronic audio components like speakers and subwoofers.
Inspired by ancient wind based instruments, modern day objects utilizing wind and the function of vocal chords, Chavez’s minimal shaped sculptures instruments were constructed out of metal then placed around the interior wall of The Block, capturing the windy conditions that powered installation.
The sculptural installation considers how improvisation in sound can be presented in visual art forms. Wind Instruments for The Block, 2015, eliminates the need for electricity all together, harnessing wind rather than trying to avoid it.