Chris Lee in Residence

Jan 4 — 18, 2019



While in residence at Western Front, Chris Lee developed his project LDM, which reimages a laser distance measurement device as a tool for converting spatial measurements into sound. This speculative instrument for interpreting space is used to “play” spaces, figuring architecture as a form of notation. His project continued into a second phase that involved developing a publication/manual that explores synchronic developments and theoretical resonances between the standardization of musical time, language, and physical space. Together, the two parts of LDM address a thematic research into notation as a matter of standardization. LDM built on Lee’s research into sharing standards through design, technology, and language, and how norms are used to suggest ideal subjects. The residency provided time for the technical development of Lee’s instrument, its conceptual and discursive positioning, the development of the publication, as well as exploring its performance capacities.

Lee’s residency also included an artist talk, and a reading group on a selection from Lisa Gitelman’s book Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents (2014) facilitated as part of Western Front’s Text to Speech series.

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