27. February 2015
Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The border area of Norway and Russia, where the sparse beauty of the Arctic landscape meets industrial decay and heavy pollution, is where BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux collected material for their audiovisual collaboration.
‘Nikel’s red and white chimneys hiss and growl as they spew out clouds of smoke. The air is difficult to breath today. With little wind, the acoustics are more noticeable and sound travels in unexpected patterns between the blocks of buildings. There is also an interesting short echo effect in some open-air locations, perhaps resulting from the reflective façades on the buildings and the lack of vegetation.’
Live première of the performance 'unearthed', commissioned by Dark Ecology / Sonic Acts
BJ Nilsen (SE) is a composer, sound and recording artist working out of Berlin and London. He focuses primarily on (as he describes): ‘the sound of nature and its effects on humans, and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound’. His two latest solo albums, released by Touch, Eye Of The Microphone (2013) – based on the sound of London – and The Invisible City (2010), explore the urban acoustic realm. Nilsen’s original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre and dance performances and films, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, directed by Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, directed by Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I Am Here (2014, directed by Anders Morgenthaler).
Karl Lemieux’s (CA) films, installations, and performances have been shown internationally in museums, galleries, music venues and film festivals. He is more widely known as the ninth member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a Montreal music collective for whom he does live 16 mm film projections. His collaborators include sound artists such as Philip Jeck, BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez, Roger Tellier-Craig and Alexandre St-Onges. Together with Daïchi Saïto he founded Double Negative Collective, a Montreal-based group dedicated to the production and dissemination of experimental films.
Friday 27 February
22:35 - 23:20
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Main Hall
The performance is part of: Sonic Acts at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Visit festival website: www.sonicacts.com
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