VOLYA / SVOBODA
group performance in collaboration with Mikolay Stepanec, Yasya Kryat and Laura Bickel, 2014.
Two men stand face to face, watching in the eyes of each other. Then they begin to say to each other the word „freedom“, one man in russian, the other man in ukrainian language – „Svoboda“ and „Volya“. They become continuoesly louder till it ends up in loud screaming echoing in the room. No one can anymore understand what word the other one says. Meanwhile some meters away, from distance, a spectator was taking records of this happening with his smartphone. When the two men stop screaming, breathless looking again in each others faces, one can hear how the spectator watches his records, in the silence of the room.
Foto: Oleksiii Saiarnyi
4-channel-sound-installation by Paul Melzer & Tobias Klich, with 26 miniature-loudspeakers in 5 bird cages and 1 headphones, 2013
The bird catcher came back and is ready to present his exotic foundlings. In his collection are also some really rare examples. Already Robert Schumann tried in his famous piano piece „bird as prophet“ to capture the singing of this special kind of birds into music. Here you can see now the originals!
In this sound-installation the relation between art and nature is reflected in a special way. Robert Schumann‘s “in art transformed” bird voices (from his piano piece “bird as prophet”) are fragmented, digitally manipulated, filtered, transposed, played in different speeds and multiple combined simultaneously. These always changing motives, clustered in groups, are thrown back into nature threw a lot of miniature loudspeakers installed in individual designed bird cages.
As visitor you can move free between the sound sources, which are positioned in big distances and so apparently acting independent of each other but in same time you can listen to the closely connected communication of them and the composed diffusions of the sound in the room. The different and unforeseeable long breaks between the individual events make it possible to listen to the sounds of the environment.
As a kind of commentary you can hear through two external headphones the isolated text of the bird catcher of Mozart‘s “Zauberflöte”, read by a computer voice and with granular synthesis extreme artificial manipulated fragments of the corresponding music.
The border between art and nature becomes in this way insecure and opens the social and public space for new views.
Grüntrübe Ritornelle beim Verlassen des Territoriums
HD-Video, music film Paul Melzer & Tobias Klich, Duration 8’54”, 2012
Based on the composition „gruentruebe Ritornelle beim Verlassen des Territoriums„ of Tobias Klich (2011), this music film gives a very intimate view of its manyfold character.
The camera gets very close to the guitarist, to his performance, to his playing hands and the instrument itself.