Can’t believe his gig was almost two years ago. One of a scarse amount that actually do some things to you…
Dawn Chorus, 2007, is a multi-screen film installation and presents 19 individuals using their own voices to recreate birdsong in everyday locations which is an accurate copy of the birdsong dawn chorus recorded in Northumberland, England. After recording the birds with multiple microphones, the individual birdsongs were slowed down to last approximately 16 times as long, which enabled the participants to imitate them, while being filmed. The films were then speeded back up to reach the true pitch of the birds, uncannily evoking similarities between bird and human vocal abilities and behaviour.
In March 2015 British Film Institute in collaboration with Electra and Mutek presented Digital Quèbec: a couple of nights with province’s most innovative and experimental A/V creators(line-up)
I got myself in for the last performance that comprised two artists.
Myriam Bleau presented her Soft Revolvers: 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic, each associated with an ‘instrument’ of some sorts. The tops were equipped with gyroscopes and accelerometers that communicated wirelessly with a computer where the motion data collected (speed, unsteadiness at the end of a spin, acceleration spikes in case of collisions) informed musical algorithms designed in Pure Data. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music.The positioning of the lights created visually stunning halos around the tops, enhanced by POV effects (persistence of vision). A camera placed above the performance table provided video feed that was subtly manipulated and projected back on the screen behind the artist, making the projections an integral part of the performance.
Le Révélateur (visual artist Sabrina Ratté and electronic music producer Roger Tellier Craig) merged visuals together with a multitude of hybrid sonic textures , the effect being tracks that buzz and hum in glitched-out cacophony, while others incorporate warped sonic bodies through use of Analogue Solutions’ Telemark synth.
RTC:”I was completely obsessed with the development of early computer music and electronic music in the 70s and 80s and, coincidentally Sabrina was also immersed in the history of electronically generated images from that era [..] We were both very interested in the combination of electronic sound and imagery [..] I feel like we finally managed to zero in on this kind of impossible/virtual reality aesthetic we were going for over the past couple of years, and the artwork for Extreme Events, as well as the video for Aftermath Selves really depicts this.
SR: “We’ve been exploring different techniques as well, and one of them was to connect both our modulars together in order to achieve sirect synchronisation between the music and the image. But this is only one aspect of the performance, and it gets mixed with many other images that are not sync by wires or anything. It;s important for me to keep a certain amount of spontaneity in a persotmance, because that’s when interesting accidents have a change to happen”
Not many people attended so I was among lucky few really to see the films on a big screen, as I don’t think there is many events like this. In fact I have been always on a look out for video art festivals in London but everything seems to have gone digital nowadays (with LUX being an exception on occassions). At Videovada I also attended the Analogue Video Workshop (have been looking for something like it for 7 years!!) and the demonstration of Praxis Live, which was aimed at people who had already experimented with the interactive audio-visual software before.
Max Richter 1921
Bruce Neuman – Clown Torture
Tony Hill – A short history of the Wheel
Ai WeiWei- Dumbass (the music video)
Karen Cytter, Video Art Manual
John Wood and Paul Harrison – The Only Other Point
Dryden Goodwin – Linear
George Barber – Waiting for Dave
Hito Steyerl – How not to be seen
Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Jens Petersen (sound designer, Sigur Ross) – English Magic
This was my favourite video, shown on Venice Biennale in 2013
Aphex Twin AV Show at Bloc 5th Birthday – 11-13 March 2011, Minehead, UK. blocweekend.com
Music: Vase by dgoHn. Video: Weirdcore.