noelle mason
Sonata (Nick Berg Beheading)
Laser Cut Calf Hide Vellum, Music Stands
Musical score generated from Nick Berg beheading video lasercut into calf hide vellum.

Sonata (Nick Berg Beheading,) 2010 is derived from re-mediated video footage of the beheading of Nick Berg performed by members of Al-Qaeda. Intended to terrorize through the power of imagery, the videos themselves have been in a sense 'beheaded' and are stripped of visual content. Instead, they are reinterpreted as sheet music laser engraved on calf hide vellum; a translation or transposition of video image into notation, craft object, and ultimately sound.