Joshua Legallienne: Zero-Material Performance (2019)

Joshua Legallienne has made a limited run of postcards containing instructions to perform the work Zero-Material Performance. The artist will send the postcards via international mail to the first 25 people to respond to this form:

Zero-Material Performance is a phenomenological exploration of listening and sound creation using only the human body. The ears act as both the receiver and creator of sound. The work is not performed by the artist but instructions are given to willing participants in order for them to enact in a suitable location at any point in the future. The piece belongs to a collection of works that offer rich and diverse sonic experiences for everyday people and situations. Enacting the piece is an intimate and subjective experience, highlighting the beauty that listening as a practice can offer – even when conventional materials or methodologies for creating sound are absent. Zero-Material Performance takes the concept of immateriality to its logical end point: a sound work that exists only in the moment in which it is performed and needs only the hearing apparatus to function.

Joshua Legallienne is a British-born artist exploring sustainable and unconventional approaches to acoustic sound production within an artistic context. Through sculpture, installation, and performance, the artist stages intimate experiences that explore the relationships between sound, physical materials, and environmental phenomena. Legallienne’s work is regularly exhibited and performed in the UK and internationally; operating primarily outside of a traditional gallery context. Their work is unmediated, mostly undocumented, and in line with this the artist has no website or online presence.