Paperback, colour illustrations, pp 24
Root is an ambitious collaborative project which came about when Jon Tye of Lo Recordings solicited Thurston Moore to record some guitar parts for a proposed remix project. Moore sent a tape containing thirty one-minute guitar pieces.
When this project failed to materialise, Tye was determined to put Moore’s work to good use. Communicating almost entirely by fax, a dialogue between Tye and Moore resulted in the idea of ‘conversions / transformations’ project. In order to fully exploit the potential of this idea, Tye enlisted the services of designer John Forss and contemporary art venture commercial too. Each track was one hundred artists & musicians under the premise that they would each create a new piece using Moore’s improvisations as a foundation.
The response was as overwhelming as it was diverse - many artists were keen, not only to produce a visual piece, but also to experiment with sound. . While at the same time, musicians channelled their energies into creating an array of visual pieces.
Root has turned out to be an extraordinary and eclectic cross-pollination of creativity. The exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery showcases the work produced so far - most of the sound pieces are released either on CD or as a five-pieces vynil box set - other releases re planned for 1999.