The second installment of our collaboration with Lincoln Motor Companies, in their effort to uncover burgeoning and innovative creatives, brings us Chicago based sculptor, Scott Carter. Inspired by the connection of routine interaction with the objects and spaces constructed around us, Carter seeks to highlight these relationships that often go unnoticed. Visually, tactilely and sonically inclined, Carter creates installations and performances that specifically delineate how we perceive our experiences in built spaces by altering their traditional functions and reactions. Lincoln’s ‘Lincoln Now’ feature highlights Carter’s recent performance initiative, “Force Majeure,” which serves as a channel for Carter to explore and dissect the transmission of music. For the project, Carter takes common building materials like wood to construct mock-ups of musical instruments, such as a guitar, a drum set and a PA system. He fits the instruments with electronic components that make them semi-functional, although they are not built to last. In a performance dubbed ‘The One Time Song’, Carter and friends perform ‘grungy, heavy, noise rock,’ that is cacophonous and disjointed in its melody. However, the success of the song is besides the point, rather Carter hopes to draw attention to the more destructive nature of the rock genre, by inflicting crippling blows to the delicate instruments, sending a rain storm of wooden particles throughout the room. The experiment aims to demonstrate how the force of these actions can seem less severe and become normalized, as their traditional materials remain generally unharmed from the routine bashing. By reconstituting the function of common objects, Carter challenges our shared and habitual experiences and asks that we look beyond the finished product, to explore the connection between their fabrication and their current position as cultural signifiers.