Fugal Systems is an umbrella project encompassing a variety of performance based works, including music and sound performances employing various collage tactics, as well as reading-performances that scramble, graft, or otherwise interpolate appropriated texts. The underlying principle of all the pieces is to investigate signal-noise relationships through layers of simultaneous sounds. I'm interested in the way this simultaneity demands that the listener actively tune in to the various strands of the sonic fragments.

"Fugal Systems #2: Graças de Ação" (2015) was performed during the programming of "Perto de Lá" at the Museu de Arte da Bahia (Salvador, Brazil), on Saturday, November 21st, 2015, two days after Thanksgiving. The text samples several sources, primarily in reference to the story of Thanksgiving (using both primary sources and contemporary accounts, by figures such as Rush Limbaugh) and the story of Caramurú--a portuguese sailor shipwrecked on the coast of what is now Salvador, Brazil, captured by natives, and was eventually instrumental in founding Salvador as a city in the portuguese empire. Additional textual sources include various transcripts of contemporary art dialogues about international exchange and socially-engaged projects. "Graças de Ação" aims to conflate the notions of cooperation, fair exchange, power hierarchies, and "hard work" present in each of the respective narratives.

Texts prepared by Jordan Martins
Readers: Talitha Andrade, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti



"Fugal Systems #3”: It was more a face than a figure" was performed on April 7th, 2016 at The Mission Project's Sub-Mission space, in conjunction with my video installation "How easy is a bush a bear". The source texts for this piece were early twentieth century clinical studies concerning hallucination, from which I pulled first hand descriptions of various patients' accounts.

Text prepared by Jordan Martins
Readers: Michelle Holder, Dan Mohr, Erik Stonikas, Becky Grajeda

"Fugal Systems #4: Differences in Permeability" is a reading-performance, in conjunction with my site specific installation "Stay out come in stay in come out" on the lawn of Comfort Station. Three readers situated within the installation will simultaneously read a set of related scripts, each of which scrambles various appropriated textual sources: technical descriptions of biochemical processes, first hand accounts of border crossing, observations about bird mating rituals, instructions for crowd control tactics, and dubious advice about flirtation from askmen.com.

Text composition and reading staging by Jordan Martins

Allen Moore
Tracy Montes
Rebecca Himelstein

Fugal Systems #5: Fire Bowls and Selective Boundaries"


Performance in conjunction with "Stay out come in stay in come out" at Comfort Station

Ben Lamar Gay/Katie Young/RyanPackard playing within installation by Jordan Martins

Performances were improvised based on prompts provided by the artist

background beats/vocals were courtesy of "The Writer's Bench" event across the street, featuring rap battles, break-dancing competitions, and graffiti artists