Matthew Ritchie with Aranda\Lasch – The Morning Line
October 2, 2008–January 11, 2009 | Seville

Photo: Todd Eberle

After three years of intensive collaboration with artist Matthew Ritchie, architects Aranda\Lasch and geometric/structural designers from Arup AGU, TBA21 presented The Morning Line at the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (Biacs). Peter Weibel, curator of the 2008 Biacs entitled Youniverse and dedicated to the possible convergence of art and science, invited the foundation to present its second Art Pavilion project in Seville.

A platform for contemporary music and composition, The Morning Line is a public art structure – 8 meter high and 20 meter long, built of 17 tons of coated aluminum – exploring the disciplinary interplays between art, architecture, music, mathematics, cosmology, and science. The Morning Line was conceived by Matthew Ritchie as a mutable structure, with multiple expressions and narratives intertwining in its physical structure, projected video and innovative spatialized sound environments. Saturated with forty speakers, The Morning Line is using a unique interactive multi-spatial sound system, conceived by the Music Research Centre of York University. Built from an idealized "universal bit - that can be reconfigured in to multiple architectural forms, The Morning Line uses fractal cycles to build a model of the universe that scales up and down. The architectural and engineering systems capitalize on recent developments in parametric design developed by Arup AGU, and push them to their limits. There is no single way in or out, no final form.

Two guest music curators, Bryce Dessner and Florian Hecker, invited a selection of leaders in the field of contemporary composition to create exclusive works for The Morning Line. The result is a series of eight new pieces by Jónsi & Alex, Bryce Dessner in collaboration with David Sheppard and Evan Ziporyn, Mark Fell in collaboration with Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Florian Hecker, Bruce Gilbert, Lee Ranaldo, Chris Watson and Thom Willems. All of these were premiered live on a sonic festival during the opening ceremonies of Biacs and then integrated into the structure’s library of sounds.

October 2, 2008 – January 11, 2009
3rd Bienal Internacional de 
Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo