16 JUNE 21:00
Performance: PIERRE BERTHET & RIE NAKAJIMA
DEAD PLANTS AND LIVING OBJECTS
Tin cans, whistles, locomotive suspension springs, porcelain bowls, compressor top bells, ping pong balls, agave dry leaves, sponges, steel wires, branches, paper foils, plastic bags, silver papers, pink gloves, piano, balloons, buckets, feathers, water, scraps, pebbles, flower pots, guitar, metal tubes, paulownia tree seeds, pearls, bamboo sticks, logs, bones, stones, filter queens. RN and PB have been creating various ways to vibrate things so that their acoustic shadows dance around: invisible air volumes that reshape constantly, move in the space, enter in the most secret places and inside ourselves. A way to get closer to things inherent spirits is to listen to them.
Eventually encouraging them to produce sounds and resonate by various means: to hit, caress, shake, beat, scrape, scratch, claw, boil, clap, rattle, rock, throw, move, magnetize, clamp, cook, pinch, galvanize, motorize, bow, blow, pluck, heath up, let flow, freeze, drop, drip, connect, roll, mix, extend, sing...
Pierre Berthet, (Brussels, 1958) studied percussion at the Brussels Conservatory in the eighties and spent a lot of times in a bell tower, learning carillon and listening to the sounds. Studying with Garrett List (improvisation), Frederic Rzewski (composition) and Henri Pousseur (music theory) at Liège Conservatory in the nineties encouraged him to continue various things he did since his early childhood like throwing objects on the ground, shaking them, hitting them, caressing them to hear what sounds come out of them. Slowly he started to prolong various objects and instruments with long steel wires connected to can resonators suspended in the space, probably influenced by the works of people like Alvin Lucier, Terry Fox, Paul Panhuysen... Around 2000, he started to explore various ways of making music with inverted Filter Queens vacuum cleaners (They don’t suck, they blow). Since 2013 he sometimes plays with Rie Nakajima in a project called “Dead Plants and Living Objects”.
Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has exhibited and performed widely both in the UK and overseas and has produced 'Sculpture' with David Toop since 2013. With Keiko Yamamoto she has a music project 'O YAMA O' which explores music with no genre. She has been enjoying collaborating with David Cunningham, Miki Yui, Pierre Berthet, Guy De Bièvre and Marie Roux in the crossing area of art and music. She has performed with Angharad Davies, Clive Bell, Johan Vandermaelen, Lee Patterson, Shuichi Chino, Akira Sakata, Daichi Yoshikawa, Junko Wada, Lau Nau, Akio Suzuki, Phill Niblock and many others. She is from Yokohama and based in London.
Performance: BRYANA FRITZ & CHRISTOFFER SCHIECHE
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (2012)
A toast to the man in the swimming hole! We see you yesterday as you will be bathing in the hole. A drink to your past health. May you have been brought up to be the man you are tomorrow. And may you remember the names of all the cities you have, are and had lived in. And may you remember their spelling to a tee! Let us drink to thee!
Christoffer Forbes Schieche is from Stockholm. He studied dance at the Art School of Amsterdam and then took a four-year course at PARTS in Brussels. Since graduating in 2014, he has worked with Bryana Fritz and danced with Daniel Linehan.
Bryana Fritz is from Chicago. She studied dance and choreography at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Hochschule Folkwang in Essen, and finally at PARTS in Brussels. She has taken part at Retrospectiveby Xavier Le Roy, Drumming and Work/Travail/Arbeit by Anne Teresa de Keersmaker.
Bryana Fritz and Christoffer Forbes Schieche have been working together since 2010, when they coincided at PARTS. They have done three duets together: Native Red,The Breakfast Club(2012) and Sixteen Candles(2015).
Publishers table: HOLA EDICIONES! (Barcelona)
Hola Ediciones is a Barcelona-based collective founded by Irma Marco and Josué Coloma in 2013. In the beginning it was primarily a distribution platform for graphic and sound material. After a few months it started to publish its own works and since then its production has covered three areas: text, graphics and sound.
A key aspect of its activity is the care and attention it lavishes on the design of objects. From a holistic perspective, they advocate a balance between form and content, between the why and the how. This approach means that some of their productions are hybrid objects that cannot be simply classified as pure text, graphics or sound.
Its catalogue includes publications such as Los Archivos De Beauvoir, the fanzine-cassette Object Trouvé, the box-CD “Sonidos interrumpidos” by Alozeau and the cassette-collage "Primeras palabras" by PlayaNueva.
They also direct workshops and have taken part in talks, debates and fairs in which they showcase their way of understanding self-publishing as a field of cultural action.