With Water Up To Her Knees
‘With Water Up To Her Knees’ was released by Shelter Press in small series cassette single edition and digital with a limited pullout poster and poem by the artist. The work has its world premiere at eminent electronic arts centre the Substation, Melbourne on 24-25 November 2022, with a hybrid performance in collaboration with filmmaker Tristan Jalleh. ‘With Water Up To Her Knees’ is a prelude to Lerkenfeldt’s full length album forthcoming on Shelter Press in 2023.
Wet and muted
I breathe the air
heavy like rain
we sit quietly
feeling the timbre
and the fragrance
before they were clouds
I look into the stream
Lerkenfeldt explores minimalist structures with stillness and intensity. Her imaginative process is poetic and precise; distilling new registers in the field of consciousness through electroacoustic composition, like a torchlight in the dark.
Alongside classical instrumentation, she augments abandoned technologies into new hybrid forms through handcraft, digitisation and experimental digital processing. Flickering piano, tape systems and their spatialised distortions unfold in repetitive motifs on With Water Up To Her Knees. In Before They Were Clouds, multi-layered acoustic refractions speculate on atmospheric systems.
With Water Up To Her Knees is produced by Shelter Press in small series cassette single edition and digital with a limited pullout poster and poem by the artist. The work has its world premiere at eminent electronic arts centre The Substation, Melbourne on 24-25 November 2022, with an audio visual performance in collaboration with filmmaker Tristan Jalleh.
Written and recorded on unceded Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung country, Summer 2022.
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Tickets for the premiere here.
Lisa Lerkenfeldt & Tristan Jalleh present
‘With Water Up To Her Knees’
November 24-25, 2022
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Naarm
Composer Lisa Lerkenfeldt presents the world premiere of new work ‘With Water Up To Her Knees’.
In collaboration with video artist and film director, Tristan Jalleh, a densely detailed hyper reality of hidden rooms and resonances will be revealed.
Set in present day Naarm, within an amphitheater of abandoned infrastructure, ‘With Water Up to Her Knees’ blends performance, animation and sound.
Drawing from the artist’s field work and electroacoustic practices, piano and tape arrangements light up lost chambers and underground histories in a patchwork of reflective musique concrète, instrumental composition and surreal cinema.
‘With Water Up To Her Knees’ spotlights underground networks opening questions of reality, virtuality and perception through oral traditions, experimental AV composition and diary-like vignettes.
‘With Water Up To Her Knees’ is performed in two variations:
Lisa will launch a single on piano in association with French arts publisher Shelter Press.
Lisa will be joined by cellists Emile Frankel, Abby Sundborn and poet Panda Wong for a hybrid ensemble performance and film.
Composer: Lisa Lerkenfeldt
Visual Artist: Tristan Jalleh
Cellists (25 Nov): Emile Frankel, Abby Sundborn
Poet (25 Nov): Panda Wong
Presented by The Substation as part of NEIGHBOURHOOD Festival.
Commissioned by The Substation and Room40.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.