Basement Chess Show 2019
The snare drum is topped by a steel plate painted with a regulation size chess board, a magnetic chess set invites participants to play the game. Underneath the steel plate is a contact microphone that feeds directly into the broken guitar amplifier that is permanently stuck on full volume. The snap of the magnetic chess pieces is then amplified into the gallery at an unpredictable volume, bringing together the signifiers of the instruments/electronics and the intellectual war game. In the same way a dum line or marching band aligns itself with military history, this sculpture aligns punk music and chess, as aesthetic exercises in conflict offered at intimate meetings.