FEED

FEED AT KW 042315
ROLY PORTER//MFO
SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Kunstwerke, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Doors: 19h, Concert: 20h, Tickets: 10€
Facebook Event FEED Frequencies April 2015 Edition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art is presented in collaboration with Deutschlandradio Kultur and the EURORADIO Ars Acustica Group.

ROLY PORTER//MFO

Audiovisual Concert Performance, 40min

The Acheron River in ancient Greece was a boundary to the underworld. The Suda describes the river as a place of healing, not a place of punishment, cleansing and purging the sins of humans. “Akheron Fall” is a journey through landscapes of the soul, a byway of increasingly impassable wilderness, an odessey to a place of refuge, and the surrender to trauma.

Lucy Benson and Marcel Weber developed a plane of imagery to the music of Roly Porter. This collaborative performance has been re-worked to feature during the April 2015 edition of the FEED at KW program. This latest iteration addresses being lost in a surreal, strange but familiar environment, within the design of an externalized landscape of the psyche.

Roly Porter is a musician and film composer from Great Britain. Roly Porter was previously known as one half of the dubstep duo Vex’d.

Marcel Weber (MFO) is a video artist in Berlin. His work extends to many collaborations including Lustmore & Biosphere, Ben Frost, James Ginzburg, and Kode 9.

"Every blast of raw power is followed by the softer string, synth and vocal passages. It is through these contrasts, expertly handled, that manages to navigate the line between beauty and brutality." levfestival.com, 2013

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SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE
'What We Leave Behind'

Jean-Luc Godard Archives | Film Premiere, 50min

“What We Leave Behind” is a sound piece composed solely of unreleased fragments of sound that were recorded on the film sets of Jean-Luc Godard, and never saw the light of day.

The sound composition shows us the very real and somewhat forgotten audiovisual archive of the film director, rediscovered by accident somewhere in France. A portrait of contemporary cinema and a reflection on the archive as a recurrent idea in philosophical and artistic thought. In addition to the principles of preservation and conservation, the archive relies on a constellation of ideas of identity, traceability, temporality, space, memory, existence, materiality and historicity. All these questions inspire artists working in different media to manipulate, mix, index, saved from oblivion, and take over archives—audio, visual, filmed, written—or even invent them.

"Yet, to adore is the thing to be done. So we do. It's moving, beautiful and oh such a poignant story." Kathleen Prior, The Line of Best Fit

Soundwalk Collective is an international art collective based in New York City & Berlin. Since 2000 they have been sonic nomads, embarking on never ending journeys from the desolate land of Bessarabia to the desert of Rub al Khali. By exploring and documenting the world around us through its sounds, the Collective abstracts and re-composes narrative sound pieces through fragments of reality to form distinct audible journeys.

The Collective's live performances are diverse and often site and venue specific. They use a combination of custom-cut vinyl records with multiple turntables, laptops and various FX processing pedals and mixers. Although sound and music are the primary forces in the live setting, projection of video specific to each performance piece creates an environment that is unescapable and unique. Live performances can also be transformed into temporary or permanent installations, post-performance, through custom-made turntables that are programmed to move automatically based on a musical score.

Aesthetic refinement and conceptual narrative is paired with a performative impulse, making Soundwalk Collective’s shows intimate and powerful.

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