An evening of performances, video, and sound installations based around the concept of “seeking for new noise”, which questions the ever-evolving meaning and experience of ‘noise’ in the present age through the lens of Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo’s 1913 manifesto, ‘The Art of Noise’.
Digital in Berlin presents new multi-format works from Universität der Künste Berlin, questioning the concept of ‘new noise’, as inspired by Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo’s 1913 manifesto ‘The Art of Noise’.
Using the manifesto as a theoretical framework, each work attempts to unfold, disrupt, contemplate or disseminate the ineffable meaning of ‘noise’ in the present age, using an arrangement of sonic and visual materials, photography, video, and various performative elements to define or raise questions as to what noise may be and how it may influence the lives of both human and non-human species.
Russolo’s definition of ’noise’ proposed the notion of sounds from industrial equipment making its way into music, questioning what sounds could be permissible in ‘music’ at the time. In the year 1913, it was inconceivable to use such harsh and alarming sounds to comprise music. Over 100 years later, however, ‘noise’ in art and in music has become so commonplace that is a recognized musical genre.
In navigating ourselves through a world of sound where everything has already been done and anything is conceivable and valid, what are the possibilities/impossibilities in defining ‘noise’ today? In a combination of installations and performances, eight artists bring the noise, whether to be immersed in, navigated through, mulled over, or surprised by, between humans and non-humans alike.
Installations by: Hikari Tanaka, Aodhagán O’Flaherty, Ani Samperi, and Freya Van Husen.
Performances by: TAAHLIAH, Moritz Zeisner + Martin Haug, Enzo Galland, and Dornika Kazerani (AKA Many Faced Godx).
Hikari Tanaka (Tokyo): When the water freezes into ice, the noise around it is included inside of the ice and time has stopped. When the ice melts, the noise is reborn.
Aodhagán O’Flaherty’s audio-visual installation plays with electro-magnetism, light beams and PCB Relays to challenge the etymology of the word ‘photography’.
Ani Samperi’s installation work uses elements of light, sound, and surprise to invite the curious mind up a secret shaft into an all-encompassing world of sound — that of undersea animals who depend on sound for survival, whose sonic world is increasingly threatened by human noise generated by industry.
Freya Van Husen presents her installation work entitled ‘Tapestry of News’. The high frequency of information seems to force us to mute news like background noise. The overload of content blends into a tapestry of sound, a whirlpool of data stuck in a magnetic loop. We filter what we perceive, we hear what we want to hear.
TAAHLIAH uses video manipulation, sound production and performance to explore her trans* femme body and the anxieties that accompany it.
Moritz Zeisner + Martin Haug are searching for new noise by training an early artificial neural network on a noise database. In their performance, they will ask the neural network to reproduce these noises, incorporating AI technology and its potential for error towards a new perception of music.
Enzo Galland is a young artist from Paris exploring the role of noise and other sounds that may be encountered around us. He is currently experimenting with the meaning and possibilities of ‘noise Graffiti’.
Dornika Kazerani, AKA Many Faced Godx, is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, musician, drag performer and movement artist from Tehran, Iran. In her work, Dornika explores concepts such as the constructs of identity, healing wounds, the human hive mind, and constantly pushing to bring into light the provocative truth.