piątek, 8 listopada 2019

History After the End of History


History After the End of History
@
Biennale dell'immagine
Chiasso
09/11/2019
Spazio Lampo
18.00

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
Berlin
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
@
Królikarnia
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 ...".

środa, 11 września 2019

Pseudacusis













Pseudacusis 
@ Sacrum Profanum
27/09/2019
MOS
Kraków


Natasha AndersonNor Girdling Gnaw for viola d’amore and six-channel electronics
Anthony PaterasPseudacusis, audio hallucinations for an electroacoustic septet

with live appearances by:

Anthony Pateras – piano, tape, live mix
Natasha Anderson - electronics
Lucio Capece – clarinet
Gerard Lebik – saxophone, electronics
Mike Majkowski – double bass
Riccardo La Foresta – drums
Deborah Walker – cello
Lizzy Welsh – violin

and playback appearances by:

Aviva Endean – clarinet
Judith Hamann – cello
Jonathan Heilbron – double bass
Scott McConnachie – saxophones
Maria Moles – percussion instruments
Erkki Veltheim – violin

Pseudacusis was commissioned by Musica Sanae (In Situ, Phonurgia, N.K. Projekt)


czwartek, 20 czerwca 2019

Musica Sanae II




















Musica Sanae
Sokołowsko
16-18 August

part of Sanatorium of Sound festival

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

with
Peter Abliger; Felicia Atkinson; Tiziana Bertoncini; Biuro Dźwięku Katowice; Erik Bünger; Luciano Chessa; Rudolf Eb.er; Les énérves; Hacklander / Hatam; Carl Michael von Hausswolff; Gerard Lebik; Barbara Kinga Majewska & Tony di Napoli; Maria della Morte; Anthony Pateras (with Tiziana Bertoncini, Lucio Capece, Riccardo La Foresta, Gerard Lebik, Mike Majkowski & Chiara Mallozzi); Phonoscopie; Seppo Renvall & Aspec(t); Testcard

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, following edition in Berlin at N.K. Projekt (15-16 November)

Publication to follow in collaboration with Glissando and Positionen

more information: musicasanae.com

czwartek, 25 kwietnia 2019

Musica Sanae I




















Musica Sanae
Naples
Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo)
3-4 May

part of La Digestion festival

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

with
Felicia Atkinson, Erik Bünger, Luciano Chessa, Croatian Amor, Rudolf Eb.er, E-cor ensemble, Eks, Fis, Inconsolable Ghost, Okkyung Lee, Les énérves, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Gerard Lebik & Lucio Capece, Barbara Kinga Majewska & Tony di Napoli, Anthony Pateras (with Tiziana Bertoncini, Lucio Capece, Riccardo La Foresta, Gerard Lebik, Mike Majkowski & Chiara Mallozzi), Phonoscopie, Seppo Renvall & Aspec(t)

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.

next editions at Sanatorium Dźwięku in Sokolowsko (16-18 August) and in Berlin (15-16 November)

Publication to follow in collaboration with Glissando and Positionen

more information: musicasanae.com

niedziela, 14 kwietnia 2019

ODMA




















ODMA 
@
Jauna Muzika
Vilnius, Lithuania
Arts printing House, Black Hall
24/04, 18.30

Michał Libera – composition, libretto, recordings
Barbara Kinga Majewska – composition, tableau vivant, voice

ODMA (in Polish odma means “pulmonary emphysema”) is a tableau vivant with a soundtrack based on the late Franz Kafka’s novel Josephine, the Singer or The Mouse Folk, one of his most visionary sonic inquiries. It is a story of highly admired, as well as controversial singing-whistling virtuoso – Josephine, a mouse in the nation of mice, who is very likely not to have ever made any sound at all. ODMA is a study of her dubious talent. It takes into account biographical facts from Kafka’s late years when he was suffering from tuberculosis which strongly affected his speech. Visually, the performance is inspired by one of the photographs taken in the tuberculosis sanatorium. It captures a patient undergoing sun treatment – an enduring, everlasting, motionless process of curing one’s throat. ODMA turns it into a tableau vivant, in which one of the actors is an exquisite Polish singer, Barbara Kinga Majewska.