Thursday, 20:00 – 01:00 (doors 19:30), Paradiso
The opening event Deep Spaces presents a selection of audiovisual adventures in spaces defined by sound, light, smoke and lasers. Immerse yourself in Thomas Köner’s mesmerizing spatial sound tapestries, while his colleague, Jürgen Reble, takes you on a visual journey through the darker side of his alchemical chemograms. Haswell & Hecker will perform their radical UPIC Diffusion Session, an infinity of extreme sound and engulfing lasers. The godfather of electroacoustic improvisation, Keith Rowe, and the eccentric Norwegian group, Streifenjunko, will collaborate in an improvised performance, accompanied by Kjell Bjorgeengen’s hypnotic visuals. Finally, Monolake and Tarik Barri will transport you through their spatial audiovisual universe. This event also includes screenings of several extraordinary cinematic works by Fred Worden, Anthony McCall, and others.
Keith Rowe, Kjell Bjørgeengen and Streifenjunko
To investigate how to produce music and video in a way that cannot be foreseen, Keith Rowe and Kjell Bjørgeengen have developed an ingenious feedback routing system for music and image, in which each tiny alteration produces changes throughout the entire audiovisual loop. They are joined by the Nordic improv duo Streifenjunko, which creates an even more complex improvisation situation.
Most of Kjell Bjørgeengen’s (NO) works deal with a combination of representation and relinquishing subjective control through the structuring of images from automated processes of sound and music mediated through technology. The free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter Keith Rowe (UK) was a founding member of both AMM in the mid-1960s, and M.I.M.E.O. Rowe continues to develop various prepared guitar techniques to produce sounds described as dark, brooding, compelling, expansive and alien. Streifenjunko (NO) makes dynamic music with a tenor saxophone and a trumpet. Members Espen Reinertsen and Eivind Lønning use unusual instrumental techniques to project a spacious sound.
‘Built out of a 30-frame clip of a lens flare. LSD is illegal, 1859 is not.’– Fred Worden.
Fred Worden (US) has been involved in experimental cinema since the 1970s. His work develops from his interest in how a stream of still pictures passing through a projector at a speed meant to overwhelm the eyes, might be harnessed to purposes other than representation or naturalism.
Jürgen Reble & Thomas Köner
A doorway to the world of dark and unperceivable materials, using Jürgen Reble’s 25,000 scans of 16 mm chemograms. A visual expedition into crystalized salts and dyes, showing the bizarre richness and beauty of film’s materiality. The quadraphonic staging of Materia Obscura expands the performance space, where the horizontal flow of time meets the sonic impulse. Thomas Köner’s music floats at the borders of perception, as if it is a means of communicating with the beyond.
Thomas Köner (DE) and Jürgen Reble (DE) have been working together since 1992 in the fields of film, installation and performance. Thomas Köner studied electronic music and extended his concept of time and sound colour to images, resulting in video installations, photography and net art. The works of film alchemist Jürgen Reble are often rooted in the manual processing of film footage using mechanical and chemical influences and reconstruction of the cinematographic apparatus.
Makino Takashi & Jim O’Rourke
Still in Cosmos
A product purposed of an installation project held at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Recomposed as completed film work in 2009. It originally was theme for “Complete Chaos” visualized by double exposure method, however it appeared entire opposite phenomenon as “Birth of Cosmos”, and that is unparalleled miraculous story behind the film. A transcend Free Jazz sound is presented by band Osorezan commanded by Jim O’Rourke.
Makino Takashi (JP) belongs to the new generation of Japanese experimental film makers. While studying at the Nippon University he made several Super-8 films. In 2001 he served his apprenticeship with the Quay Brothers. In Japan in 2007 he had his breakthrough with his film No is E, which received the Tereyama Shuji award at the Image Forum Festival. He is a filmmaker whose works are closely relates to art and music.
Haswell & Hecker
UPIC Diffusion Session # 22
Hecker and Haswell have been researching UPIC, Iannis Xenakis’ ‘graphic input’ computer music composing system since 2003, and now present this as a live multichannel electroacoustic concert, using surround sound and laser lighting to create an immersive multisensory environment.
Russell Haswell (UK) is a multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited conceptual and wall-based visual works, video art, public sculpture. Extreme Computer Music is one specialized area of activity. Compositions by the electronic music composer Florian Hecker (DE) tend towards noise music and are often released on the Mego label. He has collaborated with artists such as Russell Haswell, Peter Rehberg, and Yasunao Tone.
Monolake & Tarik Barri
Monolake Live Surround
Monolake Live Surround explores the possibilities of spatial sound design in a club environment, using Monolake’s minimal, dub-influenced techno music. Monolake’s Robert Henke is joined by Tarik Barri for the live performance.
Robert Henke (DE) is a composer, sound designer, software developer, installation artist and performer. His music has roots in academic sound research as well as in club culture, and the result is a sophisticated yet accessible body of work. Tarik Barri (NL) is an audiovisual composer who aims to discover new synergies and aesthetics in the combination of image and sound, through new audiovisual composition methods realized with self-made computer software.
Line Describing a Cone
In Line Describing a Cone, the conventional primacy of the screen is completely abandoned in favour of the primacy of the projection event. McCall: ‘The viewer watches the film by standing with his, or her, back towards what would normally be the screen, and looking along the beam towards the projector itself. The film begins as a coherent line of light, like a laser beam, and develops through its 30-minute duration into a complete, hollow cone of light.’
Anthony McCall (UK) was a key figure in the avant-garde London Filmmakers Co-operative in the 1970s and his earliest films are documents of outdoor performances that were notable for their minimal use of the elements, most notably fire. After moving to New York in 1973, McCall developed his ‘solid light’ film series, including Line Describing a Cone (1973).
Afterwards at Paradiso
Sonic Noodlanding! DJs Arnold and Dionysius spin the tunes, not right or left but straight to the point.