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April 16, 2021 - May 8, 2021

iso invites you to the exhibition of Jackson’s “Paper – Music, A Rave In Pictures”, where the visual product of his performance is set for display. The disks made during the performance are exhibited from April 21st to May 1st, unrolling the score of the evening on the large walls of iso amsterdam

Paper – Music, A Rave In Pictures is a performance by Jackson based on the sonic translation of painted shapes on rotating paper discs. The execution of this performance produces both pictures and minimal music for a live audience. Colored inks generate sound frequencies according to hue, saturation and shapes properties, while black and white are dedicated to rhythmic patterns. The rotation speed of each disc determines how they interact with one another. Painting music, and its deployment over time, aspires to an equilibrium between image and sound through a reformulation of club culture’s traditional staging. In this context, the DJ becomes the painter of images that witness a passage from the tangible to the intangible. The balance between a hand gesture and its live reinterpretation by an artificial vision and sound synthesis algorithm plays with our recognition process of physical reality. Writing the intangible meets a proposal to shift our festive gathering standards and its narrative process.

The performance took place at iso on April 16th, from 18:00 to 21:00

The video of the livestream can be found here

About Jackson
Jackson (1979) is a Franco-American artist and electronic music composer. He released two albums with Warp records in 2005 (SMASH) and 2014 (GLOW) under the name Jackson And His Computerband. In 2008 he signed the original score for Jean- Stéphan Sauvaire’s first feature film about child soldiers in Liberia. The creation of sculptural instruments designed for a performance presented at IRCAM in Paris 2015 marked a turning point in his artistic endeavor. This performative installation bringing together music and visual arts led to a series of representations for French gallery Kamel Mennour. During a one year fellowship at the French Academy in Rome, the Medici Villa, in 2015/2016, Jackson worked on an algorithm dedicated to the translation of the visible spectrum into sound. An installation entitled « Acoustic Mist » was presented that same year as part of a group show for the Memo Foundation. Built around a diffracted ray of light interacting with a cloud of steam, this piece produced the sound of the spectrum of light through vibrating sheets of metallic mirrors. This work along with subsequent installations and performances explored what lies behind the limits of our human perception of fundamental forces. Jackson is now working on a performative device that enables him to paint graphic scores on paper that produce sound as they are executed in real time. From his early hybrid musical collages to his recent research, Jackson aims to invent new forms and new languages ranging from popular music to experimental art.


With the support of Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK)


Production: Florence Parot, iso amsterdam
Interactive design and software development: Pia Balthazar
Table design: Christiaan Bakker 
Support: François Duquesnoy, Yme van der Staaij, Lino Thijssen
Thanks: Luka Arbay, Dajo Bodisco, Juan Bravo, Lou Buche, Karolien Buurman, Noah Cohen, Monika Grūzīte, Arno Hoogland, Alice Lemoigne, Gijs Mos, Maarten Nico, Octave Rimbert-Rivière, Jade Soares


April 16, 2021
May 8, 2021
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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