You Will Be Seeing Unusual Accomplishment
History does not record what Edward Leedskalnin wouldn't do if a visitor, stopping at the gate of his Coral Castle in Florida, had not followed the advice carved into the rock, Ring Bell Twice. WouId he not have heard a single ring? They say that even a broken clock is right twice a day, so twice seems enough. This invitation was extended simultaneously to a John M Armleder exhibition held at the Gallery l'elac, judiciously entitled Ring Bell Twice, and a series of concerts by EnsemBle baBel, who over two evenings at ECAL played two of Christian Marclay's graphie scores, Shuffle (2007) and Graffiti Composition (2002), and two video scores, Screenplay (2007) and The Bell and the Glass (2003). lt seemed obvious then to put John M Armleder and Christian Marclay back on stage (they had performed together in NYC in 1985 and in Philadelphia in 2006), in view of a programme in stereo.
And if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Considering the outstanding acoustics of the Cinema Studio at ECAL, it was quite clear that even the slightest event could turn into a deafening silence, and that the interpretation of John Cage's 0'00" couId make the fingers bleed, a bit.
Stéphane Kropf, Head of Bachelor Fine Arts
Simultaneous Duo Versions was performed and filmed in public on March 11, 2014 at ECAL/ University of Art and Design Lausanne.
DVD "John M Armleder & Christian Marclay: Simultaneous Duo Versions"