by anne niemetz 3/2003
the Westweek 2003 "LALALA" exhibition at the pacific design center
hollywood, blue building third floor, 8687 melrose ave, west hollywood,
invitation poster LALALA / invitation poster UCLALALALA
4 performers / sensor suspenders / larry king samples
prof. christian möller
kareem a. alhazred
ucla design|media arts
...wearable music instruments
stretching l.a. is a performance in which four performers create music by stretching their suspenders. the suspenders have built-in bend sensors that trigger larry king statements taken from his tv-show. why larry king? because the gesture of suspender-stretching is a habit larry king has become known for, and he is a celebrity honored by los angeles. he is, in short, "the man with the suspenders".
the performers have the possibility to select, scratch and replay mr. kings statements, in much the same way a dj can while playing records.. the choice of sampled words and sentences lets the performers converse with each other and ask questions addressing los angeles, its people and the political situation.
the exhibited piece stretching l.a. consist of two parts:
a three-minute video loop excerpt of the performance, and a pair of interactive suspenders.
watch the video (3 min) on Youtube
pictures/video of the presentation and the exhibition space