Su Ling Gyr, Stockholm, Sweden
Jesse Bannister, Leeds, United Kingdom
Carlo Fochetti, Losone, Switzerland
Su Ling Gyr
When I entered the Poetry Room at the Villa Arconati, I instantly noticed the depictions of twenty female heads on the ceiling above, peering down at the beholder, into space or at each other. Arranged along the outline of the ceiling like a peripheral border, they seem to be leading us from one thing into another. Guarding something.
Themselves? Us? A territory? The classical art historical discourse comes to my mind: object vs. subject. The eternal dance of opposites: we wonder who is object – us or them? – Su Ling Gyr
Su Lung Gyr is an artist and writer. She was born in Zurich, Switzerland, to an Anglo-Chinese mother and Swiss-German father. She spent the first 17 years of her life living in various Swiss cities. She later graduated from Central St Martins with a degree in Women’s Wear. Her work focusses on her dialogue with the female body: its intrinsic expression vs its representation. Su Ling’s work includes video, performance, text with a particular emphasis on the meditive and transportational power of pencil drawing. She is a mother and lives and works in Stockholm.
She is the daughter of Angela Lyn and joined her mother in the Women’s Wing of the Villa, where once women spent time with their children.
Music opens the imagination. Fuses the boundaries between past, present and future.
Music transports us through time.
The Scuderia is called into the moment by the sound of a church bell in the square. The spirits of the horses awaken. Sounds, smells, love, pain and intimacy: traces of the lives that the horses and humans shared. The stables hold memories.
In trying to capture the energy that once inhabited the Scuderia of the Villa Arconati, I have composed a score employing a tuning system used in seventeenth-century Italian music called Just Intonation. The horse-haired cello bow, the wood and metal of the grand piano hold the space for the perfusions of the saxophone. The cry of a horn is
heard above the nurturing sound of the strings. The immersive music has been created as a form of replenishment; recalling the care that living beings require to flourish.
Jesse Bannister, a biracial composer and musical sound sculptor from London, explores the relationship between life and vibration. Drawing from his Anglo-Indian heritage, he brings his inner music to audiences through ethereal and inspired musings. Jesse performs worldwide, both as an acclaimed traditional Indian saxophonist and as a contemporary jazz musician, creating new forms of interplay between artistic languages.
He has collaborated with Angela Lyn on numerous projects since 2015.
Carlo Fochetti is a young Swiss sound installation artist. He studied sound design at the
SAE Institute, Milan under Giorgio San Cristoforo.
In his collaboration with Angela Lyn their concept was to transform the inherent sounds
from the artist’s studio and create a carpet of sound that would carry the visitor through the
room installations of the baroque Villa, adding another layer of perception that brings the
past into the present. The collaboration reflects on the relation between image and sound:
to see what you hear and hear what you see.