Leanne Bock is an Australian multidisciplinary visual artist. Street Lyrics is the result of her four weeks Exploration Residency among the ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residence International Program.
ABOUT STREET LYRICS by Leanne Bock
This work combines familiar public language with unfamiliar intentions. It’s a playful, personal response to the unique urban environment of Buenos Aires, investigating abstract notions of the street and language. Both entities are constantly changing and evolving, alive with relational meaning and mystery, loaded with signs, symbols, history and politics.
The work emerged by exploring the city on foot, absorbing and observing as I walked over 70km in the first week of the residency. I was instantly drawn to these ubiquitous metal offcuts, which Porteños are well familiar with. Aesthetically scattered on the pavement like poetry, claves, clues. Worthless treasures waiting to be interpreted. Quietly asking to be reassembled, scrambled, scrabbled… “como que la calle me habla”.
The two video works and poster installations indoors and outdoors (which call upon the vernacular of street publicity) intuitively expand this dialogue with the street, eluding A to B systems of linear logic. As an absurd poem unravels from a few metal shapes making limited makeshift letterforms, an irregular rhythm and pedestrian pace prevail. Blending English, Spanish, local Rioplatense and French, infinite possible meanings, misunderstandings and mistranslations emerge. The distinctive veredas of Buenos Aires provide the centre stage for this lyrical charla con la calle.
May 4th, 1pm at the Dialogue Space