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Eindhoven: Konrad Smoleński
December 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:59 pm
KONRAD SMOLEŃSKI AND YANNIS KYRIAKIDES
Trackers is a recently commissioned innovative piece of industrial-cum-postmodernist sound and audial experiment; it has been developed by the contemporaneous and renowned artists Konrad Smoleński and Yannis Kyriakides. Smoleński and Kyriakides have carved an exploratory niche into the world of sound/visual artistic exploration; they engage with the interplay between sound and the visual and focus this engagement around the core conceptual focus of time; hence time is positioned in Trackers as a third polarity in the complex inter-causal dynamic of the audial-visual. Explosive audio productions and primitivistic visual representations combine here, with time acting as the conceptual backdrop which gives coherence and clarity to these events of sound and sight.
Showcasing their debut work together the premiere will be performed by the MAZE Ensemble with Dario Calderone on the contrabass, Gareth Davis on bass clarinet, Wiek Hijmans on electric guitar, Anne La Berge on the flute and vocals, Reinier van Houdt on the keyboards and Ayelet Harpaz on vocals; these artists will perform alongside the composers themselves.
Vibrantly conducted in a former factory building, the performance draws from a seemingly discordant and yet experientially congruent myriad of sounds and movements; these take place within a bespoke spatial installation specifically designed for the site. Consistent with Smoleński and Kyriakides’s dedication to an inter-disciplinary expressivist mode, the work produces a visual and audial collision which perturbs the viewer/listener and draws them into a rapture; the electronic sound path composed by Kyriakides’ and Smoleński’s is contrasted with the ebbing instantiations of dramatic performative elements. The artists aim to amplify and exacerbate the physical limitations of the factory surroundings, creating a claustrophobic sense of physical sclerosis as a barrage of primitivistic audio effects and techno pulses invoke an eruption of that same space. The piece thus achieves an experiential dichotomy in the viewer/listener, whereby the confinement of the spatial limits is experienced synonymously with the expansiveness of the sounds. Thus the focal aspect of time is intended to emerge as a key category of this artistic enquiry.
The performance will last three hours and takes an open form so that the individual components of the musical layers can occur at any time in a variety of configurations. When entering the space, audiences will be immediately immersed in an onslaught of technic sounds and visual industrialism; as the choreographed movements ensue, the intensity of the kinesthesia only serves to accelerate onset of a rapture invoked by the visual and audial sense experiences.
Having met on stage back in October 2014 at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, the mutual urge between both artists to further collaborate grew in strength and the artists have been working together for a full year to bring this project to fruition.
Konrad Smoleński (b 1977 based in Warsaw Poland and Bern Switzerland) is active in the visual arts and works with sound, video and performance. He describes his work as a mix of spectacular pyrotechnic effects and a minimal punk aesthetic. With an openly anarchic disposition, his work manifests as a critical engagement with existential anxiety, disorientation, and aesthetic awe. www.konradsmolenski.com
Yannis Kyriakides (b 1969 based in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a composer of contemporary classical music and sound art. He explores new forms and hybridisations of media, synthesising disparate sound sources and highlighting the sensory-space within music. www.kyriakides.com
The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage of the Republic of Poland; it is a composite part of the wider arts programme titled Composing Commissions, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.