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Fragility, Excess & Speculation [de Berlin]

deepnorth.jpgtransmediale.09: DEEP NORTHPerformances: Fragility, Excess & Speculation with Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Sonolevitation; Pe Lang + Zimoun, Untitled Sound Objects; Ryoichi Kurokawa, Parallel Head; Telcosystems, Mortals Electric; Christian Mueller, Gaudenz Badrutt, magma; AElab (Gisele Trudel and Stephane Claude), LSCDC:: January 28 – February 1, 2009 :: House of World Cultures, Berlin, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10.

At a time when fears about the climate and global systems turn into existential discourses, transmediale.09 offers speculative, critical and emotional toolkits for cultural change. Excitement and intuition, bodily experience, and laboratory setups are performed on two special evenings of audio-visual programming.

Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Sonolevitation: Performance with video-acoustic feedback, 30min, ru/by/nl, 2008 Wed, 28.01. 2000 hrs, Auditorium — Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand deal with the laws of gravitation and its speculative reduction in their performance ‘Sonolevitation’. The test arrangement looks like a physical experiment, slivers of gold levitate between metallic poles. A ‘standing wave’ is generated between a transducer and a reflective surface which produces enough pressure to keep the slivers spun in different directions at varying speeds. This technique is used in spacecraft to transport and position uncontained gases, liquids, and powders beyond the earth’s atmosphere by means of a phenomenon known as acoustic levitation. Domnitsch und Gelfand survey the function of gravity, and provoke to reflect upon our acoustic conditionality on earth.

Pe Lang + Zimoun, ‘Untitled Sound Objects’: Performance, 25min, ch, 2008; Wed, 28.01. 2000 hrs, Auditorium — ‘Untitled Sound Objects‘ is a series of works by Pe Lang and Zimoun in which the artists explore the properties of sound, materials, resonance and generative systems. In the piece, vibrating motors cause glass plates to oscillate. Various kinds of materials and objects are placed on these plates and generate sounds which are processed and amplified. The fragility and complexity of the resulting sound architecture resonates with the elegance and smart simplicity of their instrument. For the development of their music Pe Lang and Zimoun have a great interest in how sound can be shaped, how space can be engineered, and how new dynamics and tone colours can be produced in a combination of digital and electroacoustical techniques.

Ryoichi Kurokawa, ‘Parallel Head’: Audiovisual Concert, 30min, jp, 2008; Fri, 30.01. 2030 hrs, Auditorium — ‘Parallel Head’ is composed of filmed scenes, animation, field-recordings, and generative audio material. Ryoichi Kurokawa builds up a dense and multi-layered, yet delicate and immersive experience of light and sound. In his precise audiovisual compositions he seeks to unify the perception of sound and image and to invoke a synaesthetic audiovisual impulse. ‘Parallel Head’ tests the boundaries of cinematic experience and explores a possible extension of our perception by means of a brilliant audiovisual language. The work has been previously presented as an installation or a performance; transmediale.09 will present ‘Parallel Head’ live on multiple screens and in surround sound.

Telcosystems, ‘Mortals Electric: Audiovisual Performance, 33min, nl, 2008 Fri, 30.01. 2030 hrs, Auditorium — ‘Mortals Electric’ is a performance for single-screen projection and 5.1 surround sound. ‘Mortals Electric’ presents slow-moving cloud clusters, layers of strobing organic structures, deep machinic drones and waves of digital noise. With ‘Mortals Electric’, Telcosystems present a new audiovisual journey. Over the years, the artists group has managed to achieve a far-reaching integration of human expression and programmed computer behaviour. In the interaction with their machines they create a form of live cinema which fuses the auditory and visual domains into one spatial experience, exploring the limits of the human sensory apparatus.

Christian Mueller, Gaudenz Badrutt, ‘magma’: Performance, 60min, no/ch, 2006-2008; Thu, 29.01. 2030 hrs, Theatre Hall — ‘magma’, a ‘meteorologic’ contemplation in a Norwegian fjord, consists of a video and quadrophonic music. The performance is constructed after the principle of the Golden Ratio, and this notion spans the impressive, intricate collaboration between image and sound. The audio-visual work began on the Northern Norwegian Lofote island of Vestvagoy and it was finished in Switzerland. Intended as a dramatic ‘installation’ the work illustrates the ambivalence of nature and art: a natural metaphor for ice, water, snow and wind.

AElab (Gisele Trudel and Stephane Claude), ‘LSCDC’: microevents, 90 min, ca, 2007-2008; Fri, 30.01. 1900 hrs, Digital Greenhouse / Salon Sat, 31.01. 1800 hrs, Digital Greenhouse / Salon — The performative installation ‘Light, Sweet, Cold, Dark, Crude – LSCDC‘ is a series of audiovisual microevents, process-oriented and informal in nature. The research and production of this work is informed by the realities of grey water in various states of composition, decomposition and recomposition. A specially designed software merges in real time moving image, drawing and light, accompanied by striking sounds.


Dec 11, 2008
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