In 2014, Andreas Oskar Hirsch was a participating artist of our expedition to #Riga and #Helsinki, during which he decoded birdcalls into morse code with the use of a recording device, binoculars and a notebook.
In 2016, Andreas and his recording device will join the Sound Development City Artist Expedition again as radio host of our Gap Station.
We're very excited to announce our next guest at Music Apartment: Warhaus!
The artistic alter ego and solo recording project of Maarten Devoldere from Balthazar releases its much anticipated debut album «We Fucked A Flame Into Being» on 2nd September 2016 – and will visit us for a live stream showcase on 8th September, 7 pm.
If you haven't heard of Warhaus, do not miss to check it out. You won't regret it, promised!
Meet the @Sound Sound Development City 2016 artists [10/10]
BERNADETTE LA HENGST (DE)
Bernadette Hengst, based in Berlin, is an electro-pop musician, singer-songwriter and theatre director with a passion for political and social issues and utopian ideas. Her current album is called „Save the world with this melody“. Since 2004, she developed many participative theatre projects as a musician and director, and she is an expert in founding impromptu choirs everywhere.
Project: CAFÉ EUROPA
Traveling backwards along the migration route of recent decades, Bernadette La Hengst will open her mobile 'Café Europa' in every town between Madrid and Casablanca, asking people to pay for their drinks in the currency of a love song. Is Europe still the promised land or is there a better perspective waiting in Casablanca? The mobile 'Café Europa' is an open stage, a recording studio and a café where water, tea and music will be served, while the artist collects melodies and lyrics about love and visions between Orient and Occident.
Meet the Sound Development City 2016 artists [9/10]
CHRIS WOOD (UK)
Chris Wood's research and practice centres on the ways in which sensory technologies construct space, texture and rhythm, both on an individual, phenomenological level and across networks. A parallel career as a radio producer informs this work, with speech, narrative and reportage acting as key pillars in his practice.
Project: WALKING WITH SATELLITES
The project uses reflective walking workshops to try and build a new mythology for the GPS satellite network. How could we re-name and re-narrativise a constellation of satellites in the same way our ancestors did for the stars? How are meanings around place constructed, not by the user, but by a network of satellites, ground stations, sensors and physical and political topographies?
Meet the @Sound Development City 2016 artists [8/10]
YOUMNA SABA (LB)
Youmna Saba is a Lebanese singer- songwriter who started her musical career in 2006 and has released three albums to this day. Her latest album “Njoum” is an experiment in storytelling and songwriting, rendered in vocals, oud, and processed guitars. Youmna holds a master’s degree in Musicology, focusing mainly on the parallels between classical Arabic music and Arabic visual art, and will soon begin her PhD.
Project: 1.2 SECONDS AGO — TRAVELLING NOTES
'Travelling Notes' questions the environment as a key factor in the sculpting of artistic languages, whether by transmitting its own aesthetics or imposing compositional structures and patterns that are derived from natural phenomena. Based on the hypothesis that site-specific sensorial stimuli have a primordial effect on shaping artistic expressions, the project is a tune in motion: a 'ritournelle', composed in the city of origin (Beirut) that undergoes changes as it travels along the expedition path. Scales, rhythms patterns and textures are extracted from each stop, altering the songwriter and her songwriting process.
Meet the Sound Development City 2016 artists [7/10]
AGNIESZKA PEDZIWIATR & RAFAL PIERZYNSKI (PL)
Aga Pędziwiatr studied dance and dance pedagogy. Women from her family play a particular role in her life, and over all sorts of expressions she values movement and touch the most. She works with topics around sexuality, identity and the naked body. Rafał Pierzyński insists on keeping things in the process. He pulls his inspiration to resist, look for sense of agency and cherish his queer spirits from his past and present experiences. He studied dance, pedagogy and movement for six years, during which he developed the idea of 'embodied communication'.
Aga and Rafal host a temporary platform for movement research, workshops, experimental performances and cultural exchange with local communities. Together with people they meet, they look for tools for understanding contingency and fluidity of the bodymind, perception, communication and questions of identity. It involves working with imagination, language, objects and space to insist on the possibility of becoming. DIVAS go for a journey and they are willing to take others with them.
Meet the Sound Development City 2016 artists [6/10]
LUKA & JELA (SR)
Jelena Mijic uses classical and traditional methods of image construction: two-dimensional surfaces, canvas stretched to the frame, pencil drawing, oil painting technique, agreeable aesthetic, manual realization – in works which are founded on randomness, play, accidents and participation of audience and accidental by-passers. Luka Knežević-Strika is interested in the way that communication seems to be changing, especially the way people take and give imagery, intentionally and natively. He actively contributes to several collectives, based around various foci, like photography, self-organized art production, and urban politics.
Project: WE'LL LEAVE PIECES OF MADRID ON OUR ROAD TO CASABLANCA
There is a document of almost every moment everywhere, and while all of us are taking part in producing these, we rarely look back and contemplate. Luka & Jela aim to explore the triggers of our experiences and memories. In order to reclaim ownership over their personal and collective histories, both past and future, the artists will rewind and try to expand their minds through collecting scattered writings, photos, videos and found objects. They aspire to sort out or get lost in all of these fragments and arrange them in a handmade book about each of the cites. Also, a trail of crumbs on- and offline shall be left behind, to be seen or overlooked.
Meet the Sound Development City 2016 artists [5/10]
BRENT MEISTRE (ZA)
Brent Meistre is a South African photographer, curator and film maker based in the small rural Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown/Rhini. Throughout his varying bodies of work are the cyclical motifs of journeying, movement and migration within the historical context of Africa and how traces and remnants of these continue to constitute and speak to the lived experience of people on the continent.
Project: DRAAD TREK (PULL WIRE)
'Draad Trek' (pull wire) is a term used to describe the process of erecting fences. Borders that keep shifting or being erected begin with a single strand of meshed, razored, barbed or welded wire. Tethering, tying, binding – wire is also a very pragmatic material used to 'fix' many things. The distance, proximity and connectedness between and across two points (in this case Europe and Africa) will be explored through tensions, bindings and strands. As will the impossible task of pulling one end of a land/landscape closer to another.