FORMAT22 Presents Quartet for Wind and Strings

Four film projectors throw images of wind blowing though trees, filmed in the garden of artist Philip Harris during the period of COVID.

Each length of film is threaded through the strings of an electric guitar and joined to create a loop. Each guitar is tuned to one of the four chords of Bob Dylan’s protest song Blowin’ in the Wind.

The loops of film play the strings of the guitars. The room is filled with the combined sounds of all four chords, punctuated by the film splice repetitively striking the strings.

When all the loops of film have broken, the work ends. Harris’s research and artwork are centred around the use of cranky and obsolete media as means to engage with and explore issues of politics, representation, and environment.

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