wtorek, 24 marca 2020

Radio Kapital

Przeciw komunikacji / Against communication
Radio Kapitał

7/04, 5/05, 2/06, 30/06, 28/07, 25/08, 22/09, 20/10, ...

Muzyka nie ma nic wspólnego z komunikacją, muzyka nie ma nic wspólnego z emocjami – muzyka jest formą poznania, narzędziem rozumienia, nauką bliższą chemii czy biologii choć stojącą wyżej od nich w hierarchii dyscyplin, wyżej nawet niż geometria czy kosmografia. Tak przynajmniej na przestrzeni ostatnich dwóch tysięcy lat uważało wielu hermetyków - Trismegistos, Marsilio Ficino, Mario Perniola. Ten ostatni na początku XXI wieku postulował „uwolnienie się od sentymentalnej koncepcji muzyki”. W audycjach będzie można usłyszeć fragmenty ich tekstów – o metalurgii, o przewadze unisona nad konsonansem, o ciągach liczbowych, o duszach zstępujących na ziemię, o hymnach nieistniejących państw, o aibofobiach, o kartach, kościach i tenisie. Będzie im towarzyszyła stara i nowa muzyka hermetyczna zrobiona z nagrań żelaza, palonych orzechów, popiołu, prawie doskonałych tonów prostych a nawet głosów i języków – rzecz jasna tych, których używa się w raju.

Music has nothing to do with communication, music has nothing to do with emotions - music is a form of cognition, an instrument of understanding, a science closer to chemistry or biology, although standing higher than them in the hierarchy of disciplines, even higher than geometry or cosmography. At least in the last two thousand years, this has been the opinion of many hermetics, from Trismegistos to Marsilio Ficino to Mario Perniola. The last one at the beginning of the 21st century expressed the need to "free oneself of the sentimental conception of music." In the broadcasts you will hear fragments of their texts - about metallurgy, the advantage of unison over the consonant, about numerical sequences, souls descending to earth, about anthems of non-existent countries, about aibophobia, cards, bones and tennis. They will be accompanied by old and new hermetical music made of recordings of iron, roasted nuts, ash, almost perfect simple tones and even voices and languages ​​- of course those used in paradise.

czwartek, 5 grudnia 2019

Glissando #36

post- Musica Sanae

Glissando #36

Agf HYDRA, Leopold Auenbrugger, Autorzy Nieznani, Dorota Błaszczak, Andrea Bolognino, Désiré-Magloire Bourneville, Dariusz Brzostek, Luciano Chessa, Katarzyna Czeczot, Georges Didi-Hubermann, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Janina Janke, Douglas Kahn, James Kennaway, Jerzy Kuczkowski, Eric La Casa, René Laënnec, Michał Libera, Jakub Łobaszewski, Barbara Kinga Majewska, Krzysztof Marciniak, Maurice de Martin, Franz Anton Mesmer, Marta Michalska, Antoni Michnik, Rebeca Mirón Mombiela, Klaudia Rachubińska, Paul Regnard, Paulina Sacha, Ewelina Sielska-Badurek, Justyna Stasiowska, Maria Strzelczyk, Magda Tchorek-Bentall, Tim Tetzner, Weronika Trojańska, Mark Vernon, Axel Volmar, Karin Weissenbrunner, Johann Jacob Wepfer, Klaudia Wereniewicz, John Wynne, Edward Yoxen, Aleksandra Zasławska

wtorek, 19 listopada 2019

Incantation Calling Food Down

Incantation Calling Food Down
Radio Juju

Boomgaartstraat 69, Rotterdam


Music setting for "Investigations of a Dog" by Franz Kafka.

piątek, 8 listopada 2019

History After the End of History

History After the End of History
Biennale dell'immagine
Spazio Lampo

Three pieces, ca. 30'

_kelo – recordings, composition
Michał Libera – recordings, text, composition
Barbara Kinga Majewska – voice, piano, composition

End of the history, claimed by Francis Fukuyama with the collapse of the Soviet Union, is  “the point in which historical process ends, reaches its own complete realization, when it offers to human beings the conditions of possibility for a mutual recognition of their freedom from the bond to biological life”. But, as it falls into the same immobility of nature, with the end of history comes also the end of human being.

Nowadays Fukuyama’s  statement sounds more like a cruel joke from and about the 90s. But perhaps there are places on earth in which the stillness of humans has actually happened? Is this what happened in Bellinzona at the end of the 90s? Having this speculation in the back of their minds, during a week in mid July 2019, three friends set out to see what are the sounds of history after it had ended. This is not only ironic. The piece is an attempt to document and articulate a life on its own, a complex history in its making, full of tensions and releases, daring contradictions and peaceful cohabitations which inevitably come after the history ends.

poniedziałek, 28 października 2019

Musica Sanae III

Musica Sanae
14-16 November

curated with Phonurgia (Naples), In Situ (Sokolowsko), N.K. Projekt (Berlin)

N.K. presents Agf Hydra; Felicia Atkinson; Rashad Becker; Evelyn Bencicova; Tiziana Bertoncini; Erik Bünger; Les énérves; Benjamin Flesser; LABOUR; Barbara Kinga Majewska & Tony di Napoli; Yutaka Makino; Fredrik Olofsson; Anthony Pateras (solo and with Tiziana Bertoncini, Lucio Capece, Riccardo La Foresta, Gerard Lebik, Mike Majkowski & Chiara Mallozzi); Rumpsti Pumsti; Ziur

Musica Sanae is a research-based art project dedicated to intersections of sound and medicine. In three consecutive events in Naples, Sokolowsko and Berlin over forty musicians, performers, researchers and theoriests will present their takes on how new ways of hearing produce and underlie our notions of hygiene, health, well-being, progress and sanity. All acts will be hosted by unique venues of which most are of historical importance for medical architecture.

previous editions at La Digestion in Naples and Sanatorium of Sound in Berlin

Publication to follow in collaboration with Glissando and Positionen

more information: musicasanae.com

środa, 18 września 2019

Systematics of Heterotrophs (outline)

Systematics of Heterotrophs (outline)
Based on Franz Kafka
Puławska 113a
19-27 / 10 / 2019
12.00 - 24.00

Part of Listenings. Concerts to be toured, curated by Emilia Sitarz 

Sound installation
Concept, composition: Michał Libera
Sound design: Robert Nacken

"Systematics ..." consists of monkeys, dog (singular or plural), mouse, cockroach or vexator, vulture, horse from Elberfeld, too large mole, carnivorous ox, snake, two canaries, several still unnamed specimens and - perhaps - human being. What connects them is the inability to produce their own food. A completely trivial, mundane feature of all animals - they are not self-sufficient; they are dependent on their surroundings; they need the world, even if only to eat it. Perhaps this duality goes beyond metabolic levels. At least that's what the title hero of "Investigations of a dog" by Franz Kafka thinks. He believes that the theory of nutrition should be enriched with the theory of music, "the theory of singing that evokes food." This dog is starving by the way, and the song he is interested in is silent, inaudible, imagined, maybe it is not a song at all, though if it was a song and he was the one to sing it, a special kind of supra-human listening would need to be developed in order to hear it. Or sub-human perhaps. It is this kind of listening that is the real topic of "Systematics ...".