stabat metric


A pair of stiletto heels setting a rhythm like a metronome in an empty church for a human voice tracing backward the outline of an 18th century work accompanied by a pair of hands rolling back and forth damask fabric.

Stabat Metric, takes its name form the Stabat Mater, composed by Luigi Boccherini, also used for the work Pictured at Rest. In Maltese, these opening line Stabat Mater..., is translated to - 'Wieqfa kienet ...' meaning - standing still.  On the other hand, Metric - refers to the measurement of time which the artists accomplish by the sound of the stiletto heel.

All these elements mirror obsessions that have kicked in during lockdown: one of repetition, like playing with a crease in one’s clothing, back and forth; one of going in circles trying to replace the lost sense of time.

In a childlike manner- that of deconstructing a toy, Clare has rewritten the first movement back to front and performs it accordingly, closing with the words "retaM tabatS", that once reversed it will sound starting with "Stabat Mater", as originally written by Boccherini.

We invite you to engage with this work by accessing it through the links posted above this text. The  STABAT METRIC ►  sign will play the version as it was adapted and performed by the artists. The  STABAT METRIC ◄◄  sign will play the digitally reversed version as it was originally written by the composer.

But, is it the same? How does this play with time, affect the work? What happens when the echo precedes the sound triggering it? How does it make you feel? Other questions arise from this work and we would like to invite you to post your responses on social media tagging #odekrom and #stabatmetric to your contributions.

This project is launched today on the 12th July 2020, 6 months after China publicly shared the genetic sequence of COVID-19, and will be available for the public until 12th January 2021, a year exactly since the initial date. After this date the project will be taken down from the public domain.