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Matthew Ritchie with Aranda\Lasch and Arup AGU – The Morning Line

CAAC, Seville

After three years of intensive collaboration with artist Matthew Ritchie, architects Aranda\Lasch and structural designers from Arup AGU, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21) is proud to inaugurate The Morning Line at the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (Biacs) curated by Peter Weibel, with co-curators Marie-Ange Brayer and Wonil Rhee. The exhibition is entitled Youniverse and is dedicated to the convergence of art, science and technology. The Morning Line is the corner stone of this biennial, its elegantly provocative 8 meter high and 20 meter long frame, built of 17 tons of coated aluminum is an intersection for information from various fields, such as art, music, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physics, cosmology and technology. Voted among the 100 innovators for the new millennium by Time magazine, Ritchie is genuinely interested in an interdisciplinary approach of art that draws its inspirations from many sources.

The Morning Line is both ruin and monument, the blackened frame of a cathedral-like structure; a drawing in and of space; an ‘anti-pavilion’. Unlike traditional architectural pavilions, it takes the form of an open cellular structure rather than an enclosure, basing its eloquent visual language on a radical cosmological theory developed by Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok.

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. Deep inside the structure, an interactive film describes the evolution of the universe as a story without beginning or end, only movement around multiple centers.

A platform for contemporary music, The Morning Line is as much an instrument as a building, saturated with speakers, using a unique interactive multi-spatial system designed by Matthew Ritchie and the Music Research Centre at York University. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary designated the The Morning Line to be a modular structure, which is capable of being radically reconfigured for alternative performance venues and can adapt to a changing program of contemporary music.

The interactive system registers the movement of anyone inside and converts their presence to build new and scaleable forms of music, new stories created by every visitor. It offers a site primarily concerned with generating infinite potential meanings and uses. In other words, it is not only designed for the future, it creates it.

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Conception and design: Matthew Ritchie
Architecture and engineering: Aranda\Lasch (Benjamin Aranda, Chris Lasch, Clay Coffey) with Arup AGU (Daniel Bosia, Nicolas Sterling) and Matthew Ritchie Studio (Mike Koller, James Case)

Music curators: Bryce Dessner and Florian Hecker
Commissioned compositions by Bryce Dessner: Bryce Dessner, David Sheppard and Evan Ziporyn, Lee Ranaldo, Jónsi & Alex and Thom Willems and by Florian Hecker: Mark Fell in collaboration with Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Bruce Gilbert, Chris Watson and Florian Hecker.

Sound spatialization design: Tony Myatt (Music Research Centre/York University), Aranda\Lasch, Matthew Ritchie and David Sheppard
Software system programming: Music Research Centre/York University, Tony Myatt, Matthew Paradis, Peter Worth, Theo Burt, David Malham

Interactive programming: Media Interakt
Animation & animation programming: Matthew Ritchie, Nick Roth, James Case

Fabrication: Sheetfabs, Nottingham

PUBLICATION: The Morning Line –
Matthew Ritchie Aranda\Lasch Arup AGU

Listen to Excerpts of the Vienna Compositions on SOUNDCLOUD

The Morning Line Compositions 2008-2013