Wednesday, November 2, 2016
HEEJIN JANG “Binary Breath” C56 (Heavy Mess)
The body is a vessel. Transpositions occur within it to produce something else. On Binary Breath, sound artist Heejin Jang allowed the four ambient compositions crafted from field recordings and digital noise to configure themselves within her mind and body, “generating a code in cipher.” To decode these communications, the listener must act like a computer, processing the signals from the speakers, deconstructing them within the mind. Allow the information to decompose and reform in measurable data. The brain can then transmit this data to parts of the body, triggering different stimuli depending on the patterns.
Binary Breath doesn’t allow easy analysis. It is, as its press relates, both “hypnotic” and “chaotic.” Sound appears, swirls, coalesces, pulses, undulates, is supplemented by human beings speaking language, decays, reforms, and diffuses. The four pieces, represented by arrangements of 0s and 1s, are alien, but they transfix with a weird energy. Jang specifically uses the term “taken over” to describe how she was able to conjure this alchemical suite, her body the site where the sounds became meaning. They, too, can become meaning within your body. You have the translation software, you have the capacity.
--Ryan Masteller, aka 01010010 01111001 01100001 01101110 00100000 01001101 01100001 01110011 01110100 01100101 01101100 01101100 01100101 01110010