Sound around Kaliningrad 2015. Video programme

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24.04 - 25.04.2015, 21:00-00:00

Roberto Pugliese, The Space of a Year, 2014, still from a video

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Program: [SOUND AROUND]

Included in: [Sound around Kaliningrad 2015]

Video programme in 3 parts to be screened in the framework of club concert of Sound Around Kaliningrad 2015 festival: films from sound art collection of MUU, programme curated by Swiss artist Dave Phillips, and a documentary on sonic expedition of Danish band Efterklang to ghost town Piramida on Spitsbergen archipelago.

 

1. MUU Sound Art Bank Presents: A collection of 6 video works from Finland

During the Sound Around festival in Kaliningrad on 23-25 April 2015, MUU SOUND ART BANK presents minimalistic and abstract video works that are strongly based on elements of sound, or even created through the use of sound.

The SOUND ART BANK is an online database, which collects contemporary Sound Art in Finland. The database also function as a platform for Sound Artists and their audience and promote new works for curators, buyers and general public. A web shop gives also possibilities to buy tracks, concerts or installations. MUU’s SOUND ART BANK will be published at the end of May 2015.

MUU is an artist run, Finnish interdisciplinary artist association, founded in 1987 to represent and promote new and experimental forms of art. These are such as media art, performance, video, environmental, space and conceptual art, sound and other experimental modes of cultural production.

Information about the video works shown during the festival in Kaliningrad:

Roberto Pugliese, The Space of a Year, 2014, 10'44''

The visual material consists of highly processed videos and photos collected from the nature in different seasons of the year. The sound material is based on field recordings from the same sites and periods. The piece portrays the passage of time during the course of a year and deconstructs visual and sonic material associated with nature and its transformation throughout different seasons.

Kai Rennes, ALL, 2014, 6'37''

In the late 19th century the western art historians travelled to islamic countries to collect various geometric patterns used in the ancient islamic architecture. These twodimensional patterns have different basic shapes such as hexagon, octagon and dodecagon. The patterns are shown as layers with other patterns with same hidden geometry. Between the different groups of patterns a 'caos' appears.

Juhani Räisänen, On the Edge, 2015, 5'33''

Shades of color with sharp edges are emerging from the whiteness of the background. The video is created with the Sormina musical instrument in a live situation without any editing.

Juhani Räisänen, Other Sides, 2015, 7'35''

Vague red-coloured phenomena are transforming little by little to more distinсt shapes, but in the end dissolving again to lightness. The video is created with the Sormina musical instrument in a live situation without any editing.

Petri Kuljuntausta, Klaus Nyqvist & Hannu Häkkinen, Black Groove, 2012, 3'55''

The process started from a flea market from where I found two rare sound test records from the 1930s. The records were produced by German Siemens company and they contained speech, processed speech and electronic sounds. The records were made for testing purposes, to test the signal of telephone cables. The video projection of the Black Groove installation is straight horizontal line which is sound reactive. It follows the noises of vinyl groove in real-time.

Petri Kuljuntausta & Klaus Nyqvist, Locked Groove, 2013, 6'54''

This is a sister-work for Black Groove, as the working method is very similar in both works. From an old vinyl record I erased music, and used only silent track and the noises of the groove, like clicks and pops, scratches, and noise of dirt. I made a locked-groove track and feeded this through active equalizer. After processing the piece starts from the highest noises of the groove (low noises are filtered out) and ends to the lowest noises of the track (where the highest noises are filtered out).

 

2. Video programme curated by Dave Phillips (Switzerland)


Gina Kamentsky, Secret Bee, 2011, still from video

Schimpfluch Gruppe, Paris Aktion 1996, 1996, 8'55''
Moju, I Shot Myself, 2006, 0'38''
Moju, Dead Peni 1, 2006, 18'26''
Gina Kamentsky, Secret Bee, 2011, 2'05''
Dave Phillips, Threnody, 2015, 8'40''
Dave Phillips, live action 130731, 2013, 10'20''
Dave Phillips Abolishing Religion – An Exorcism, 2011, 10'28''

3. Andreas Koefoed, Efterklang: The Ghost Of Piramida, 2012, 58'00''

 

In The Ghost Of Piramida director Andreas Koefoed follows the Danish band Efterklang on their 9 day audio expedition to the ghost town Piramida on Spitsbergen, located just a thousand kilometers from the North Pole and home to more polar bears than people.
Accompanied by their taciturn and not visibly impressed Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on a treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the ghost town, while the narrator, the former Piramida-citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.
One is in equal measures amazed and fascinated by the ghost town of Piramida, which remains deserted as if it was a fictional setting of the time after World War III. The human beings are gone, but the minimalist concrete apartment blocks remain and bear witness to the life that was.
In old-style Russian, the social pleasures of the community in this communist mini utopia are praised while Efterklang's collected sounds take shape and beautifully accompany the enchanting tale about the rise and fall of the town.
Efterklang collected over a thousand sound recordings for the album Piramida (4AD, Sep 2012) they later wrote and recorded in Berlin.
The music in the film incorporates some of the early sketches, as well as finished songs from the album.

 

Organizers: Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia), Kaliningrad Regional Public Organization “Art Mission” (Russia), MUU (Helsinki, Finland)

Financial support: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in the framework of program Swiss Made in Russia

Date: April 24th 2015, 21:00-00:00

Location: Soul Kitchen club (former House of Culture “Splav”), 12 Stanochnaya St.

Admission: 300 roubles (a price of a ticket to club concert)

Links: MUU | Dave Phillips | The Ghost of Piramida

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