63/22: A REFLECTION ON SOUND.
Investigating the politics of sound and its surrounding, Nikita Gale’s practice enquires themes of invisibility and audibility, recasting the complicated dynamic between performer and spectator. Nikita's interest in the history of sound continues with “63/22”, in which the artist reflects on the relationship between automotive and sound technologies. In fact, the Gibson Firebird, one of the most popular electric guitars, was designed by a car designer in 1963.
Emerging from an intense dialogue with BMW i7 designers and engineers whilst reinforcing BMW’s commitment to art and music, Gale presented a sculptural installation comprising of five customised electric guitars. The guitars will be named historically significant and iconic Black women guitarists: Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Barbara Lynn, Big Mama Thornton, and Joan Armatrading.
Activated in the lounge through a series of live acts performed by musicians invited by Gale, the guitars were played through the BMW i7, transforming the car into a sound amp, amplifying the relationship between the car, sound technologies and creativity. The guitars have been created in collaboration with BMW i7 designers and realised by a UK-based luthier, Ian Malone.