Light Scratches, Deep Cuts
is an electro-acoustic exhibition by San Francisco based sound artist Victoria Shen. Shen's site-specific installation features turntables mounted vertically in Indexical’s windows, playing back translucent resin bootlegs of 16-inch radio transcription records produced by the American military in the 1940s and 50s. Bows meant for stringed instruments have been modified and outfitted with diamond-tipped needles as though they were record player tone arms. Over the course of the exhibition, the spinning records which project light and sound into the gallery will be gradually worn down by the needles. Each record performs its own purpose and erasure simultaneously, which is ultimately its existence as a living document. A concert bass drum strung up in the rafters of the space also serves as a sound source, lending a sense of gravity and suspension to the often overlooked material and embodied properties of sound.