Orchestra of Anxiety
... is a collection of instruments that use materials and technologies from the security and surveillance industries. The central focus of the installation is a harp, traditionally regarded as a sacred or metaphysical instrument. However, unlike standard harps, this one is strung with razor wire, requiring the harpist to wear protective gloves while playing. Touching a string triggers multiple projections and sound sources in the gallery.
For this participatory installation, London-based artists Manu Luksch and Mukul Patel expand their ongoing explorations of the concept of security. The security industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors of this decade, and is worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually. While 'security' can be seen as desire but never as a guaranteed status quo, socio-political measures of control are widely implemented in its name. The Orchestra of Anxiety, deploys security and surveillance technologies in an unusual and playful context, prompting visitors to reflect on their personal sense of security and their relationship with public fears (of petty crime, terrorism, etc.).
Orchestra of Anxiety is produced by inter-disciplinary arts production company ambientTV.NET. ambientTV.NET highlights models of networked and collaborative practice. Techniques and effects of data transmission provide theme, medium and performative space for works spanning installation, performance, documentary, dance, gastronomy, and live sound and video art. Much of the film and music production is freely disseminated through their website.
the artists would like to thank
Hounslow Council Film Department and the Management of Hounslow Homes (Brentford Towers)
Ferre, David Panos, Anja Kirschner, Yew Sun, and Ilze Black