The Event Horizon Telescope is an international astronomy project connecting observatories around the globe. The mission of this vast collective telescope array is to produce an image of the border of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, named Sagitarius A* (pronounced “A-star”). A process called Very Long Baseline Interferometry coordinates the simultaneous observations from the distant telescopes in the array and allows it to form one coherent image. This process of resolving an image from patterns of interference, drawing form from multiple perspectives that are distant and complex, becomes a central metaphor in the video and sound installation.

A*
2019
4-channel video, 4.1 sound
29 minutes


The video tells a story from multiple intertwined perspectives of a journey to the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island, where two observatories in the EHT are located. Narrated in intertitles, fragments of text trace clashes of meaning and understanding: between science in the popular imagination and its lived practices; between traditional cultural practices and those of western science; between western knowledges and imperialisms past and present.

Simultaneously, the video presents a text-based score for music performance: printed cue cards deliver instructions addressed directly to a quartet of improvising musicians. Based in Honolulu, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Berlin, each musician worked in isolation to make a sound track to the video by playing it as a score. Graydon mixed this array of performances together in a spatialized soundscape, allowing its form to emerge from the resonances and interferences each player’s interpretation brought to the work.

featuring music by Ryan Choi, prepared baritone ukulele; Cecilia Lopez, synthesizer; sawako, breaths and planetary sounds; Jan St. Werner, electronics

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A* (excerpt, single screen composite preview) from Andy Graydon on Vimeo.


The Transect is an experimental documentary that began in 2015 when Andy Graydon first followed a pair of ecologists into the field on the island of Maui in Hawai’i. Kim and Forest Starr track the Ope’ape’a bat, the only endemic land mammal in Hawai’i and an endangered species about which little is known. To begin telling the bat’s story requires untangling a rich braid of findings and histories, beginning with the bat’s own voice: in recording ultrasonic calls, which we can’t perceive directly, the scientist has to decide how to translate the calls into a trace that we can hear or see. Meanwhile, Forest and Kim are themselves intriguing subjects who weave many other tales and tangents about the islands, the sciences and human knowledge, language and translation. In tracing the bat through its own voicings into the complexities of its life and our shared environment, The Transect emerges as a story about how narrative traces, frames, and invests our world.

The Transect in Three or Four Modes of Observation
2018
Super 8 film and 4k DCP video
30 minutes






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The Transect in Three or Four Modes of Observation (excerpt) from Andy Graydon on Vimeo.


Exclosure is taken in a single 15-minute shot during a visit to the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project on the Hawaiian island of Maui in 2017. Art Medeiros leads a group of artists into the field to observe a lone and aged ‘Iliahi alo’e (sandalwood) tree up close. The tree, which could not be placed within the reserve’s protective exclosure, assumes the role of precious objet d’art and visitors in turn take up their roles as avid museum-goers, taking in the scene through lens, sketchpad and guided tour. Medeiros poses the ques- tion of how we might hold precious what is also alive and abundant before it enters the realm of the “museum forest”, a phrase he coined to describe ecologies in crisis like Auwahi.

Exclosure (the museum forest)
2018
4k video
15 minutes






Exclosure (the museum forest) - excerpt 5min from Andy Graydon on Vimeo.




A single-channel video installation, Clean Room Light Trap follows two individuals going about two different processes of technical construction: a figure on the left of screen builds telescope parts in the “clean room” at the headquarters of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. On the right of screen an entomologist constructs a “light trap” that attracts nocturnal insects for observation and study. The video contrasts these two construction efforts, both of which are focused on building tools to either capture light and repel particles (the telescope) or emit light and capture insects.

Clean Room Light Trap
2017
DCP video
15 minutes




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Clean Room Light Trap - short excerpt from Andy Graydon on Vimeo.



Honolulu Biennial

exhibition catalog
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KINO SIEMENSSTADT
The image of the city in cinematic space
    Programm #4, Freitag 19. Juni, ab 18:00h
    Andy Graydon: Vostok, Faretheewell
    Shingo Yoshida: Error
Curated by Olaf Stüber and Jaro Straub
SCHARAUN – Interdisciplinary Project Space for Art and Architecture, Berlin
Online screening with installation to follow in the fall

Interview: Andy Graydon
artfridge.de
by Helene Romakin

Non-Event at Home
livestream a/v performance
5/1/2020, 8pm
Youtube archive

CEC Artslink residency
St. Petersburg, Russia
February, 2020


VOICES
new ebook and sound release mAtter label, Tokyo
benefit for United Way of NYC
Covid-19 community fund
available on Bandcamp

Volumes in Translation
new release
available on Bandcamp