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Oscillation at Cinema Nova
02/05/2019 - 20:00

Concert and film program light and colour with Manuel Lima, Michael Vorfeld, Mariska De Groot, alternating with short films by Luke Fowler. Pretalk with Luke Fowler and Guillaume Maupin.

 

• Manuel Lima

Whistle Song

A work for organ (pre-recorded), electronics, whistle and red light. It takes as its point of departure a series of recordings of a security guard, Miguel Vianna, who has spent every night for over thirty years watching the same residential street in São Paulo. Whenever somebody arrives, crosses or leaves the street, he whistles longingly. The pipe organ, as a giant whistle, establishes a soundscape incorporating some of these recordings in a collage-like piece, together with an analogue synth, sine waves and filtered noise. After all those years watching the silent street Mr. Vianna says that recently a shadowy figure has been appearing to him in the dead of night. Now that a right-wing pro-gun government has been formed, he is anxious to buy a pistol (he has worked unarmed all these years). The red light embodies this phantasmagoric apparition. While the silence remains the same, a new fear is emerging.

 

 

 • Michael Vorfeld

Light Bulb Music

Light Bulb Music is an audio-visual performance using sounds that are generated by different light bulbs and actuating electric devices. The use of different controllers such as switches, dimmers, relays, flashers and various others leads to changes in the light and the current flow. This is made audible by a range of microphones and pick-ups. In addition, fine mechanical sounds occurring inside the light controllers are amplified and integrated into the music. The changes in the light intensity, the incandescence of the filaments and the rhythmic variety of the flickering and pulsing lights is directly transformed into a comprehensive and microcosmic electro-acoustic world of sound.


 

 

 • Mariska de Groot

NIBIRU—Planet of Crossing

No one ever discovered Nibiru, the ninth planet that is said to visit our solar system once every 3000 years. With its huge mass and elongated eccentric orbit it causes a slight perturbation in the movements of the known planets, sufficient to explain the discrepancy between their observed positions compared with human calculations. Intrigued by this ancient story, de Groot engages in conversations about the position and movement of this lost planet. What does the galactically old choreography of Nibiru look like, sound like? Nibiru is an audiovisual performance instrument constructed from simple, yet unstable handmade pendulum oscillators. The pendulums are activated by rhythmical body movements which then scratch complex curvilinear patterns into black glass treated with chalk. Noises of instability and resistance in the apparatus are amplified and sound patterns are created by light-sensitive speakers that scan the projected line image as it changes. Rhythmical movement, light and sound all come together naturally as an analogy for cosmological trajectories, as the drawing becomes a plotted chronicle of Nibiru’s dance.

 
 

 • Luke Fowler

A Grammar for Listening Part 3 (2009, with Toshiya Tsunoda)
Luke Fowler’s film cycle A Grammar for Listening addresses the question of how to create a meaningful dialogue between looking and listening, through the possibilities afforded by 16mm film and digital sound recording devices. In Part 3, Fowler furthers his on-going dialogue with the sound artist Toshiya Tsunoda (Yokohama, Japan).

 

Ridges on the Horizontal Plane (2011/2019, Luke Fowler & Toshia Tsunoda)
Fragments of landscapes—projections of rippling water, reflections on glass—are magnified. Fowler and Tsunoda share a curiosity about the mechanics of perception and the ways in which worldly phenomena are typically received and understood. They distill the interrelated and frequently invisible elements that allow even the simplest action to occur. (Premiere of the cinema version)

 

David (2009)
David is part of a series of portraits of four diverse individuals brought together through a shared residence
—a flat in a Victorian tenement in the West End of Glasgow.

 

Mum’s Cards (2018)
My mother is a sociologist and worked in the Politics Department of Glasgow University. Although the university furnished her with her own personal computer after retiring, she still used index cards to make notes on the books and articles that she read. Her house is filled
with shoeboxes and filing cabinets containing these cards. My mother was absent on the day that I shot this film; the interview and sounds were recorded at a later date.

 

Linked projects

Oscillation - on sound's nature

In collaboration with:


SOUNDS
Pom Bouvier Frictions 30/7/2019
Nichola Scrutton & noid 27/5/19
noid 27/5/19


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