“Acoustic formulae” brings together a group of sound artists who work with formulas as outsets for improvisation. Tricot’s (Thessia Machado and Merche Blasco) installation re(p)l(a)y is a sculptural platform that acts as a dynamic score instrument for the exchange of musical events in electroacoustic improvisation. Throughout the exhibition, several artists will be invited to, via installation and performance, interact with and respond to re(p)l(a)y.

Composed of a system of motors and pulleys, re(p)l(a)y allows artists/musicians to exchange instructions and direct each other while playing. During the performances, the guest artists will explore novel formulas in the tangible sonic dialogue that Acoustic Formulae aims to catalyze.

A formula establishes a set of elements or actions and the relationships among them. It arranges different forces or positions to achieve a result or to indicate a procedure. Some formulas fail, others make new formulas possible. In Acoustic Formulae, the ratios and agencies of the different elements at play -bodies, voices, hardware, software, and even tea cups- shift during the time of the performance. In this redistribution, new unscripted formulas are generated.

Musical improvisation opens up a space for real-time interaction, bringing out nonhierarchical, collaborative, and conversational aural heterocosms: self-contained worlds that offer alternative possibilities.

The opening event will feature performances by Thessia Machado & Merche Blasco, creators of the installation, and by Ben Owen & Jenn GrossmanBilly Gomberg.

To experience more of the live interaction of our guest artists with re(p)l(a)y, join us for a series of performances to be held weekly at 8 PM. There will be an admission fee of $5, with the exception of the opening night and the performance on June 17th, which will be free.



Friday, May 30: Gill Arno & James Kelly, Leslie Ross & Terry Dame
Thursday, June 5: Dafna Naphtali & Hans Tammen, Brendan Landis & Nick Yulman
Thursday, June 12: Lea Bertucci & Leila Bordreuil, Levy Lorenzo & Merche Blasco
Tuesday, June 17: Michael Vorfeld as part of Dark Circuits Festival
Saturday, June 21: Megan Schubert & Rebecca Warner



Merche Blasco is a multimedia Spanish artist based in NY. She relies on technology to enhance her physical and expressive capabilities on stage, creating assemblages that allow her performative self to sound and move beyond her limits, imagining how electronic music performance could be or how performers could feel.In her work creates immersive site and time specific experiences where visual, aural, and  scenographic artifacts and events connect through interactive design, allowing to generate and move within a flux of inputs and outputs that couldn’t exist otherwise.
Her performance work has been presented in Europe, USA and Canada as part of festivals such as Sonar Festival (Barcelona), Mapping Festival (Geneve), Sonic Art Circuits (Washington), Queens Museum of Art and EYEBEAM (NYC) and installation works in Centre Pompidou (Paris), CCCB (Barcelona), FABRICA (Venice) or Harvestworks (NYC), among others.

Thessia Machado was born in Brazil and now lives and works in NY. Her work investigates the physicality of sound and its effect on our perception of space. In sculptures and interactive installations that have a real-time, live component, the expressive potential remains active and changeable. As a extension of this practice, and under the moniker linkThessia also performs electronic and electro-acoustic experimental music with hand-made and modified instruments.