Events accompanying the exhibition “Inexhaustibility”


20th April, 2018 (Friday), 6 p.m.
Presence: Experiencing

Rafał Mazur, Paulina Owczarek, Tomek Chołoniewski – Miastoimprowizacje [Town Improvisation]

An indeterministic composition for the city and improvising musicians. The city is treated here as a kind of instrument, while also serving as a kind of sound score. A score that you cannot learn in advance or even preview. As such, the sounds of the city determine the composition, and the improvisers react to this sound structure. The idea is to create a common sound field to make the city and the instrumentalists sound like one instrument. None of the items has a privileged position, none is an accompaniment for the others. The city is unique and unpredictable, generates sounds without caring about them. The improvisators are an element sensitive to sound, they react to the acoustic signals of the city and other musicians. The composition is a kind of process with a dynamic algorithm, created by accidental acoustic phenomena occurring in the urban sphere.


29th April, 2018 (Sunday), 1 p.m.
line(s) in bodies
– workshop with Jasmin Schaitl

Workshops prepared by the Austrian performer Jasmin Schaitl focus on creating visible and invisible relations between the human body and the environment. Common sewing threads and time are to be the basic tools used to mark changes in space, which can be considered in the context of works by artists such as La Monte Young (Compositions 1960), Nam June Paik (Zen for Head) or Pauline Oliveros. Classes are intended for all those interested in movement experiments and body work – you do not need to have any experience in the field of performative arts.

Registration: Karol Gromek, gromek@bunkier.art.pl

 

5th May, 2018 (Saturday), 3 p.m.
Presence: Illusion

Lorenzo Brusci, Paweł Krzaczkowski, Marcin Barski Ghost Conference

A project by Lorenzo Brusci, an Italian composer and music philosopher, created in cooperation with Paweł Krzaczkowski and Marcin Barski. The implementation consists in creating a virtual hub, a physical space for an unreal conversation: invited guests will „speak” (live – thanks to online streaming – and through previously uploaded recordings) on topics whose outlines will be outlined at an earlier stage. The voices, distributed in the exhibition space with a few sound amplifiers, will be subjected to delicate sound manipulation, and the whole will be framed by a live composition by Lorenzo Brusci. The guests will be recognized artists and academics from different regions of the world, so that the inexhaustibility of the issue will be fairly clearly presented, although obviously not entirely exhausted. Ghost Conference is not a concert, but rather an event lasting a few hours, during which you can participate for any length of time.

 

10th May, 2018 (Thursday), 6 p.m.
Meeting with Ryoko Akama, presentation of mumei edition SIX

 

11th May, 2018 (Friday), 6:30 p.m.
Robbo. Solucja
– premiere of the book and a wild demo from the original Atari 65 XE
Participants: Wojciech “Bocianu” Bociański, Piotr “Kroll” Mietniowski, Krzysztof “Kaz” Ziembik, Piotr Marecki

In 1989, Janusz Pelc wrote the game Robbo on an 8-bit Atari, which was one of the first personal computers. Robbo, a small robot, collects screws and has to get through 56 planets. The game has achieved cult status and has hundreds of remixes and modifications. Beginning in the 1980s, fans (once mainly young boys, today adult men) played this game, collecting screws and running away from enemies (bats, flying eyes, devils etc.) while drinking beer, smoking cigarettes, eating crisps and tell jokes. One of the places where you play Robbo are the so-called demoparties, gathering computer geeks, technology nerds and fans of old computers. They are the heroes of Robbo. Solucja [eng. Robbo. Solution], the first computer-generated book published in Polish. Its basis was a text generator written in Mad Pascal. The project was presented as part of the wild compo during the demoparty Silly Venture 2017 in Gdańsk. The program itself lasts 56 minutes and generates solutions for the 56 individual planets. However, it is looped, so it generates an inexhaustible amount of solutions. One of them contains the book published.

 

26th May, 2018 (Saturday), 6 p.m.
Opening the score
– lecture by Piotr Tkacz

Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples of graphic and text scores, Piotr Tkacz will talk about how they redefine the relationship between the composer and the performer. Works of this type also create new possibilities for the listener – it is worth taking a closer look at them and considering how they change the generally accepted category of “listener”.

 

6th June, 2018 (Wednesday), 6 p.m.
Presence: Transfer

Adam Asnan – A Recording of Me Listening to Italo Disco on My Balcony
Discussion panel: Filip Szałasek, Marcin Dymiter, Marcin Barski, and Paweł Szroniak

Adam Asnan’s ironic work, A Recording of Me Listening to Italo Disco on My Balcony, is the starting point for a conversation about transferring meanings from real space to artificial space and arranged for the needs of the presentation. The discussion will also focus on topics such as interpretation and overinterpretation, post-truth and the possibility of manipulating the listener’s perception and deceptive practices (meaning those in which the recipient of a sound work is deliberately misled). The discussion will be interrupted by field recordings, moving the conversation to new issues.

 

8th June, 2018 (Friday), 6:30 p.m.
Ambient literature
– lecture by Aleksandra Małecka and Piotr Marecki

Well-known is the statement by Brian Eno, promoter of the term ambient music, that music is not necessarily to be listened to, but “it can be treated as an element of the environment, in the same way as the color of light and the sound of rain”. The adjective “ambient” can refer to many aspects of life. It was also annexed to the description of literary practices, writing and reading texts. The digital age directs us towards the ambient way of reading content published on the internet, which can be treated as text stains, analogous to sound stains. Texts in the digital era are not read deeply, the reader glides over them, marks them, returns to particular sections. Frequently using the “copy-paste” function, he collects selected information, becomes an archivist. Focused reading in the traditional sense in light of this way of perceiving the text becomes just one of the modes of reading, not at all dominant. During the lecture selected projects by artists such as Kenneth Goldsmith, Steven Zultanski, Holly Melgard, Kristen Gallagher, Shiv Kotecha and Tan Lin will be discussed as well as experimental translations of selected books into Polish, including items from the Ha!art Conceptual Line.

 

23d June, 2018 (Saturday), 6 p.m.
Meeting with Yun Ingrid Lee

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Presence

Cycle prepared by the Institute for Sonic Landscapes

Field recordings are a special form of the aural determination and description of space. The aspect which we will analyze in detail here is presence – understood both as the presence of the interpreter / listener and the artist deciding on a gesture of determining boundaries. In keeping with the theme of the exhibition, we will focus on the practices and topics directly indicating the blurring of these boundaries and expanding (to infinity, inexhaustibility) the field of hearing.

Curator: Marcin Barski

Events Co-Organisers:

The Institute for Sonic Landscapes is a grassroots initiative of people interested in field recording, sound art and the subject of sound space, broadly understood. For some time these topics have appeared in discussions, articles, at festivals, in education or art galleries. We get used to the idea that sound can become a medium for artistic expression – not musical at all. This process continues, but there is still no place to read, think, and deepen knowledge in this field.

Our goal is to build a portal dedicated to sound, creating a place to exchange ideas, space for information, education and listening. We invite you to read texts, interviews and to listen to sound works. We hope that we will meet regularly at the Institute. In addition to the website, we also prepare artistic events and projects, publications, workshops and lectures.

http://ipd.edu.pl

The Ha!art Corporation is a Cracovian institution whose aim is to promote new phenomena in culture. Since 1999, it has publishes young prose and poetry, translations of foreign literature, and theoretical and experimental books.

http://www.ha.art.pl/

Location: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, pl. Szczepański 3a, Kraków