LAST COMES FIRST

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LAST COMES FIRST
A PROJECT BY RROSE
LAST COMES FIRST,
AN ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
WITH RROSE

Known for its dialogue with the world of contemporary art, Marsèll presents a multimedia installation by Rrose, Californian techno and electronic music producer.

 

The exhibition Last Comes First opens at Marsèll Paradise, created by Rrose, alter ego of Seth Horvitz, Californian composer, academic, producer and performer who has worked in the field of techno and electronic music for over twenty years.

 

The exhibition features six images of material textures, which come to life in a series of endless video loops. It is an intimate visual investigation, which uses a simple editing process to transform a series of organic figures into moving images that transmit a hypnotic force.

 

In English, the word “last” can also be understood as the soul on which shoes are modelled. The title Last Comes First therefore includes a reference to footwear and Marsèll’s desire to go back to its roots and the elements that have defined the matrix and identity of the company.

 

“I am less of a maker and more of an observer,” Rrose explains, “I usually stumble upon the most inspiring sounds and images by simply waiting patiently for them to appear rather than actively seeking them out.”

 

Marsèll has always invested in artistic collaborations and believes in spontaneity and multidisciplinarity as a stylistic signature. By choosing Rrose, a reserved and introspective artist who explores the boundaries of identity and gender with his persona, the company confirms its interest in working with figures from the underground scene, who are able to pose new questions and create as yet unexplored imagery.

 

For the presentation of the project, Rrose has given Marsèll exclusive rights to Sporophyte, an unreleased audio track that will feature on her next album: “Sometimes I transform a sound in a simple way, and then I do it again to the resulting sound. And again. And again. Like a handmade algorithm.”

 

Last Comes First will be on display at Marsèll Paradise from 24 September to 3 October 2021.

Artwork by Rrose
LAST COMES FIRST
A PROJECT BY RROSE

In all of my work, I look and listen for complex results that arise from simple processes. I try to do as little as possible.

 

I am a hunk of flesh, standing still, holding a camera which is focused on something happening. The screen is an extension of my eyes.

 

I am a hunk of flesh, sitting still, listening to something happening. The speakers are an extension of my ears.

 

I am fascinated with the fuzzy boundaries between things – the moments that rupture the mind’s ability to distinguish between independent entities.

 

Illusions reveal the limits of a fixed reality.

 

I set up simple, interconnected systems of modulation and feedback and then I listen patiently, allowing them to run their course before making any decisions. The process of arranging always comes last.

 

Sometimes I transform a sound in a simple way, and then I do it again to the resulting sound. And again. And again. Like a handmade algorithm.

 

I am less of a maker and more of an observer. I usually stumble upon the most inspiring sounds and images by simply waiting patiently for them to appear rather than actively seeking them out. I may set out on a journey deep into the forest in order to capture images only to find that the most inspiring image was captured at the end of the day while washing the dishes in my kitchen.

 

Last comes first.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Seth Horvitz

Seth Horvitz (b. 1973, Los Angeles) is an interdisciplinary artist from California (now residing in London) whose 20+ year history weaves in and out of both dance music culture and academic circles. His work focuses on the limits of perception and the idiosyncrasies of machines, and his most recent project Rrose applies these ideas in order to create a distinctly immersive and noisy, yet highly detailed form of techno meant to move the mind and body in equal measures. From this core, the project extends its tentacles into specific pockets of the avant-garde, leading to collaborations with artists such as Bob Ostertag and reinventions of works by 20th century composers such as James Tenney. Rrose’s first release in 2011 on Sandwell District came cloaked in mystery as to its creator, as did the following collaboration featuring Bob Ostertag’s Buchla 200E synth and a string of vinyl releases on her own Eaux label starting in 2012. In recent years, Rrose has appeared at festivals, museums, clubs, and forests across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including MOMA PS1 (New York), Unsound (Krakow), Labyrinth (rural Japan), Mutek (Mexico City and Montreal), and Berghain (Berlin).

LAST COMES FIRST
A PROJECT BY RROSE
Photography Silvia Orlandi Puntino