This sound installation unites Western harmony and Eastern philosophy to mark both the birth and death of John Cage. It responds to the unique acoustics of the Civic Centre entrance dome by slowly building and dismantling dense drones in evolving cycles. Across a six-hour day, time is unfolded on multiple scales, across clock time, lunar waxing/waning, and seasonal celestial cycles. Full Circle embodies the shifts of constancy and change reflected in the I Ching.
The work toured to Nuit Blanche in Toronto, where it was exhibited from 7pm-7am on 29 September 2012.
Susan Stenger was born in Buffalo, New York. After intensive classical flute studies in Prague and New York, she joined Petr Kotik's Brooklyn-based SEM Ensemble and devoted herself to performing music of twentieth century composers, including John Cage, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock. She soon began making her own work for flute and electronics, as well as touring with Rhys Chatham's all-electric-guitar band. In 1986 she joined Robert Poss in founding seminal guitar group Band of Susans, who went on to release nine critically acclaimed CDs.
After moving to London in 1996, Stenger formed performance group The Brood and all-bass-band Big Bottom, and began collaborating with acclaimed dancer/choreographer Michael Clark. In 2006 she created a 96-day sound installation as part of Soundtrack For An Exhibition, presented at Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon. Stenger has toured as bassist with John Cale and Nick Cave and has composed projects with writer/filmmaker Iain Sinclair since 2007 for Analog Festival, Dublin; and Sketch Gallery, London. She is currently working on a new composition for the Kronos Quartet.
Commissioned by AV Festival 12. World Premiere. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.