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INVISIBLE TIME – artists and art works

Featured artists, installations and performances:
Miriam Akkermann (South Korea)
Derek Holzer (USA)
Takashi Mitsui (Japan)
Stefan Riebel (Germany)

WALL OF SOUND artists:
Konstantinos Fioretos (Greece)
Johan Landgren (Sweden)
Jay-Dea Lopez (Australia)
Shana Palmer & Melissa Moore / Secret Secrets (USA)
Minh Pham Quang Tran (Vietnam)
Snorkel Quintet (Spain)
Myriam Van Imschoot (Belgium)
Jatin Vidyarthi (India)

MIRIAM AKKERMANN’S Info-Room is an interactive installation about the exchange of information and its position in society. Invisible information is everywhere. There is no filtering. The info room is an empty room. Silent. To receive information, the audience have to turn on an FM radio, or their cellphone radio.

Miriam Akkermann is a South Korean artist currently living in Berlin. After earning a BA in product design, she took a classical flute degree and a MA in new music and technologies, and also studied composition and sonic art. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at University of the Arts Berlin (musicology).

DEREK HOLZER is an American sound artist living in Berlin, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, sound art, field recordings and the meeting points of electroacoustics, noise, improvisation and extreme music.

On the opening day, Derek Holzer will perform with self-made electronics. The live improvised presentation centres around interaction between two distinct chaotic systems: a DIY analog modular synthesizer which patch-programmed to self-modulate, and an electro-acoustic SoundBox set up to provide feedback through a variety of found objects.

The SoundBoxes, called Nonlinearities, will stay in the gallery during the exhibition.

TAKASHI MITSUI is a Japanese sound artist living in Cologne. He has a BA in architecture. He has previously worked as a musician as well as a visual artist, with special interest in sound installations.

His installation Symphony Room Number L-33 originates from the address of the MUU gallery, “Lönnrotinkatu 33”. The sound generated by the installation is an acoustic landmark in the surrounding street area. At the same time, the installation’s visual character based on a pipe construction is influenced by Mitsui’s previous experiences of architectural works.

STEFAN RIEBEL is a German conceptual and media artists, who currently lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin. His conceptual works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere in which recognition plays an important role.

In his Text Assembly for Record Players, Blank Vinyl and Time, several record players are placed in the space, with a blank vinyl disc on each of them. Over time, as the record players turn, the needles’ constant scratching creates a dense pattern onto the delicate surface of the disks.

WALL OF SOUND, sound tracks by the following artists:

1. Fioretos Kostantinos: Analord Ambience, 9:24
2. Fioretos Kostantinos: We Are the Night Family, 4:47
3. Johan Landgren: More Sides Now, 3:57
4. Jay-Dea Lopez: From the Edge of Saturn, 8:57
5. Shana Palmer with Melissa Moore / Secret Secrets: Lunar Storm, 5:13
6. Minh Pham Quang Tran: Dogma, 10:20
7. Snorkel Quintet: Di Polo, 7:52
8. Snorkel Quintet: Las Discretas, 8:32
9. Myriam Van Imschoot: The Economy of Speed Production, 2:31
10. Jatin Vidyarthi: aM I hEre, 2:53
11. Jatin Vidyarthi: HuMid, 4:30

After finishing his studies in chemistry and molecular spectroscopy, Greek KONSTANTINOS FIORETOS has been studying the clarinet and music theory. He also creates DIY electronics.

Analord Ambience is an analog piece created with a modular system, with digital control to create subtle sequencing. The piece works as a test bed for a web design related work which is still in progress.

We are the Night Family is a piece written for four tubas and tape which was commissioned during a seminar on sound synthesis.

JOHAN LANDGREN’s (Sweden) work revolves mainly around sound and language. He has a passion for critical theory, with its enticing ambivalence between describing the world and changing it, between theory and practice, between fact and fiction.

More Sides Now consists of a single voice singing excerpts from Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now; the voice was subsequently duplicated electronically into a number of copies, each with its individual effect settings, resulting in a myriad of voices all “corrected” in different ways. Landgren likes to think of it as inflating Mitchell’s song, making it live out the consequences inherent in the realisation that there is always one more side to things.

JAY-DEA LOPEZ (Australia) creates experimental compositions using field recordings taken in the northern NSW region of Australia. She is especially interested in the notion of “endangered sounds” and “endangered soundscapes”. Her work seeks to creatively guide an audience into appreciating our natural and social environments in ways normally overlooked in daily life, affirming connections between the listener and the external world through sound.

In 1997 the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, its primary objective being the study of Saturn’s geology. As the spacecraft neared Saturn in 2002, it began to detect intense radio waves from the planet’s polar auroras. The sound piece, From the Edge of Saturn, modifies some of the recordings made by the spacecraft.

SECRET SECRETS (USA) is MELISSA MOORE on drums with SHANA PALMER on vocals and electronics, a duo hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Moore is the force behind the rudders on a free form wave, while Palmer interrupts dreams through song. They discuss the formula and then react and respond to each other’s energetic chemistry to form the song.

SECRET SECRETS / SHANA PALMER with MELISSA MOORE: Lunar Storm. Artist Courtesy of Ehse Records.

MINH PHAM QUANG TRAN (Vietnam). Since his first gig as the lead guitarist in Hanoi’s pioneering rock back The Ladder, Minh Pham Quang Tran’s musical career has been dynamic and varied. Minh’s music blends the artistic freedom of musical styles such as rock, blues, and jazz, with traditional Vietnamese elements and improvisational jamming.

The contemporary art community still appreciates the strict and difficult academic theories, yet all welcome artists to promote new methodologies for creating art. This sometimes means that they praise the values of “East meets West”, while demanding the preservation of local traditions such salutation protocols. Is it a dogma or a contradiction for artists? Can new artists speak out in their own voice and overcome the barriers of normality?

SNORKEL QUINTET / CARLOS EDELMIRO PECHANT, GABRIEL MILLÁN, OSCAR DURÁN, DIEGO CAICEDO, MARTIN DEL LITTO (Spain). The Snorkel Quintet was founded in 2008 in Barcelona. The Quintet’s music mixes everything from jazz, funk, hip-hop, punk, orchestral and twenty-first century music to Latin, African and West Indian rhythms, drum and bass, ambient and minimal music.

Las Discretas is a piece based on silence in which each musician plays in succession, but in random order. At one point the musicians all play together, returning to silence later.

Di Polo is a piece based on the concept of a slow song, also known as a ballad in the musical lingo of the ’80s.

MYRIAM VAN IMSCHOOT (Belgium) is a performance artist working with sound, archives, voice, memory and landscape. At the moment van Imschoot is producing a cycle of works entitled Per Sonare, dedicated to voice and landscape projects. She is interested in modes of communication that stretch time and space.

The Economy of Speed Production is a track from the sound installation Black Box by Myriam van Imschoot. The installation is in the form of an interactive jukebox, with self-made records that contain testimonies on improvisation and the spoken word. The Economy of Speed Production is based on extracts from an interview with Xavier Le Roy. Credits: Myriam van Imschoot & Ayméric de Tapol.

JATIN VIDYARTHI aka ”Masta’ Justy” (Bangalore, India) is a sound artist, electronic music producer, and DJ. He presently lives in Bangalore and composes music for films, documentaries, and dance and sound installations. Jatin studied audio engineering at the SAE Institute in Sydney.

aM I hEre and HuMid, are taken from the album Daaku Potato. The main focus of the songs are on ambience, mood and atmosphere. The music is a break-down of many different electronic music genres such as ambient, glitch, noise and subtle break beat music. The Indian vibe is accomplished by sampling Indian films, cassettes, and CDs. The songs also contain field recordings of everyday urban sounds, such as traffic or construction, or sounds in the wild such as birds, insects or water. The music is evocative, beautiful and esoteric.