Flipper A

(2007)

Home page: Flipper.

Other versions: Flipper BFlipper C.

An audio flipbook of 99 books starting with the letter ‘A’ (Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives of the Banff Center, November 2007).The recordings are left largely unaltered. The flipping action is miked closely in order to transpose physical materiality to the sonic realm. Each book’s weight, size, binding affects how a book will flip and consequently the recording.

They are presented in the order that they were flipped.

How a book sounds. Sounding a book.

For the installation version of Flipper A, the audio is presented in the form of three tracks. In the first each flip is separated by a silence which increases each time by one second, starting with one second until the last two flips which are separated by 99 seconds. In the second, a reverse trajectory occurs, it begins with a silent gap of 99 seconds after the first flip and then decreases by one second each time until we reach one second between the last two flips. In the third, both of the above tracks run simultaneously and each is panned hard left and right. The duration of each track is 83 minutes: Flipper A plus (83:00), Flipper A minus (83:00), Flipper A plus and minus pan (83:00).

A commission by the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax.

Recorded by Don Pyle at the Banff Center. Thanks to the staff at the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.

Presentation history
• Preliminary version presented at the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives of the Banff Center, all day Thursday November 31, 2007. Diffusion on speakers placed inside the book return slot.
• Presented at the echo Art Fair, at the Central Library at 1 Lafayette Square in Buffalo, New York, September 6-8, 2013. Diffusion on speakers placed inside the book return slot.
• Presented at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), for their Audio Out Listening Post at the entrance of the AGYU, September 1-November 30, 2013. Diffusion on speaker placed at the entrance of the gallery, plus vinyl text of book titles and page count placed on glass at the entrance.
• Presented alongside Kirsty RobertsonDepartment of Visual Arts, Western University. September 16 – October 28, 2015.

A Flea In Her Ear / Aural Awareness / Against Interpretation / Auto-Da-Fé / Avant-Garde Music / A Voiceless Song / A Thousand Plateaus / About Looking / ABC’s of Type / A Painter of Darkness / Art and Culture / Arresting Images / All That Is Solid Melts Into Air / American Music in the Twentieth Century / Acoustics of Music / Art, Beauty, And Pornography / Artificial Knowing / Arguing Persuasively / American Pioneers: Ives to Cage and Beyond / A Map of Glass / Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings / Art and Nonart / Antipodes / Artist Body / Ask Me No Questions / Artists of the Dance / Audition / Awareness / Atmospheres / A Mad World, My Masters / Art and Answerability / Architecture a performing art / Antigone / Animate Illusions / Aesthetics / Animals and the Origins of Dance / Agam / A Dialectic of Centuries / Another Country / A Day Off / Among The Thugs / A History of Engraving & Etching / Aleph and other Stories / Animal Tracks of the Rockies / After Haggerty / All Amazed For Roy Kiyooka / Anthropology and the Museum / Arcana / Anthony Braxton / A Cry Of Players / Anthropology of Turquoise / Arabia Felix / Apaches: A History and Culture Portrait / Art BC: Masterworks from British Columbia / Across the River and into the Trees / Asmodée / Arms and the Man / Art of the Photogram / Architecture from Without / A Critical Sense / Amoral Thoughts About Morality / Agnes Martin: The Nineties and Beyond / Acting Out: Feminist Performances / Acting in Opera / About Vile / Allos: ‘Other‘ Language / American Indian Myths and Legends / A Planet Mostly Sea / Amsterdam / A Boundless Horizon / A Subject of Scandal and Concern / Alexandria Quartet / Alligator Report / Angels In Love / Angle of Repose / Anecdotes and Enigmas / A. R. Penck / An Anatomy of Musical Criticism / Ana Mendieta Earth Body / A Book of Colors / Analogical Problem Solving / American Neon / Agaguk / Act and the Actor / Art/Talk / Andy Warhold Prints / Arguments With The World / A Set of Suspicions / Artaud on Theater / Art and Visual Perception / Anthology of Musical Structure and Style / A Sense of Place / Atlas / Astral Projection / Aviation Weather / Art From Start To Finish / Angry Wind / Action Art / A Book of the Book /

90 + 154 + 304 + 464 + 216 + 95 + 610 + 198 + 128 + 271 + 278 + 374 + 383 + 400 + 242 + 239 + 210 + 342 + 240 + 371 + 661 + 175 + 132 + 475 + 204 + 320 + 187 + 167 + 75 + 100 + 332 + 176 + 71 + 412 + 614 + 192 + 78 + 178 + 100 + 96 + 317 + 485 + 286 + 159 + 92 + 158 + 382 + 379 + 70 + 150 + 322 + 81 + 453 + 232 + 308 + 219 + 84 + 111 + 203 + 185 + 198 + 119 + 406 + 90 + 106 + 437 + 527 + 62 + 338 + 62 + 47 + 884 + 125 + 85 + 510 + 64 + 127 + 114 + 286 + 127 + 151 + 72 + 327 + 214 + 301 + 303 + 232 + 64 + 210 + 508 + 552 + 158 + 387 + 242 + 299 + 234 + 249 + 343 + 537 = 25127 pages flipped.

       A Flea In Her Ear
       Aural Awareness
       Against Interpretation
       Auto-Da-Fé
       Avant-Garde Music
       A Voiceless Song
       A Thousand Plateaus
       About Looking
       ABC’s of Type
       A Painter of Darkness
       Art and Culture
       Arresting Images
       All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
       American Music in the Twentieth Century
       Acoustics of Music
       Art, Beauty, And Pornography
       Artificial Knowing
       Arguing Persuasively
       American Pioneers: Ives to Cage and Beyond
       A Map of Glass
       Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings
       Art and Nonart
       Antipodes
       Artist Body
       Ask Me No Questions
       Artists of the Dance
       Audition
       Awareness
       Atmospheres
       A Mad World, My Masters
       Art and Answerability
       Architecture a performing art
       Antigone
       Animate Illusions
       Aesthetics
       Animals and the Origins of Dance
       Agam
       A Dialectic of Centuries
       Another Country
       A Day Off
       Among The Thugs
       A History of Engraving & Etching
       Aleph and other Stories
       Animal Tracks of the Rockies
       After Haggerty
       All Amazed For Roy Kiyooka
       Anthropology and the Museum
       Arcana
       Anthony Braxton
       A Cry Of Players
       Anthropology of Turquoise
       Arabia Felix
       Apaches: A History and Culture Portrait
       Art BC: Masterworks from British Columbia
       Across the River and into the Trees
       Arms and the Man
       Art of the Photogram
       Architecture from Without
       A Critical Sense
       Amoral Thoughts About Morality
       Agnes Martin: The Nineties and Beyond
       Acting Out: Feminist Performances
       Acting in Opera
       About Vile
       Allos: ‘Other‘ Language
       American Indian Myths and Legends
       A Planet Mostly Sea / Amsterdam
       A Boundless Horizon
       A Subject of Scandal and Concern
       Alexandria Quartet
       Alligator Report
       Angels In Love
       Angle of Repose
       Anecdotes and Enigmas
       A. R. Penck
       An Anatomy of Musical Criticism
       Ana Mendieta Earth Body
       A Book of Colors
       Analogical Problem Solving
       American Neon
       Agaguk
       Act and the Actor
       Art/Talk
       Andy Warhold Prints
       Arguments With The World
       A Set of Suspicions
       Artaud on Theater
       Art and Visual Perception
       Anthology of Musical Structure and Style
       A Sense of Place
       Atlas
       Astral Projection
       Aviation Weather
       Art From Start To Finish
       Angry Wind / Action Art
       A Book of the Book

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