[Article 2018]29.09.2019: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – Lasse-Marc Riek

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – Exile and Other Syndromes
Exile and Other Syndromes responds to the current indisposition of migration, mobility, placeless-ness and nomadism, which are the impulses of a contemporary condition that eventually blurs the boundaries between the local and the global, the digital and the corporeal, the private and the public, or the intimate and the dehumanizing spaces, instilling a sense of semantic fatigue. The composition aims to transmute the contemporary city’s volatile, oppressing and tensed environments to encourage the contemplation and poetic musing of the listener navigating the intercepting urban spaces. The work develops fluid sculptural form of sound in a closely mediated interaction with sound-generated text patterns framing the contemplation of a nomadic listener as an artifact. The performance of the work incorporates multichannel live projection of the sound-generated texts on multiple screens as live visuals augmented with multi-channel sound installation for 4-or 8-channel Ambisonics system. This specific method of artistic intervention examines the way memory, imagination and subjectivity of an itinerant listener elaborates the character of sound in the context of intensified urban interaction, mobility and nomadism. The work relies on intuitive capacities of listening rather than the ontological and epistemological reasoning involved in deciphering the immediate meaning of sound, helping to produce the poetic texts as an inclusive interpretation of a sonic environment. This belief in inward contemplation and subjectivity available to the wandering urban listeners enables the work exploring the poetic-contemplative detachment to counter the neurosis of contemporary urban living. The particular emphasis on the poetic attributes of an expanded mode of listening provides with a context for exploring the unexpected splendor of everyday sounds and their transcendental potential. Emergence of contingent moments in the urban listening experience expands the Cagian idea of chance composition towards a context for fluid and nomadic interaction with these everyday sounds in the contemporary cities. In doing so, the work explores the introspective capacities of mindful listening in transcending the barrier of immediate meaning to touch upon the poetic sensibilities, in order to create a sense of wellbeing in a volatile milieu. The project was conceived during a residency at Institute of Electronic Music at Kunstuniversität Graz where a prototype was developed and premiered and later exhibited at Rogaland Art Center during Screen City Biennial, Norway, October 2017, and the fuller version of the work was installed at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, December 2018.

Lasse-Marc Riek
Sacral Rooms

Location Sound Recordings from more than 200 churches in Europe.

Like Adam in front of the closed sky…
 From autumn 2003 to spring 2016 Lasse-Marc Riek visited mosques and churches in Europe. 
Spontaneously, between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, he went to one of the „sacral rooms“. 
The visit to the church should be included in the city visit. If the door was locked, Riek made a sound recording in front of the main entrance. He did not want to look like a museum visitor after the opening hours. 
The work should also be interesting for phenomenologists of the sacred space. The longing for accessibility, silence and concentration, which some connect with a church space, must in some places give way to the feeling of highway detente. 
In the inner city church of St. Leonard (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), one hardly notice the difference between inside and out. On a different recording from St. Marien (Lübeck, Germany), during a church round trip, drilling machines seem to decompose the church walls. „In these tourism churches you are not coming to your mind,“ says Riek. But in some recordings also familiar church sounds shimmer through. But since it is generally known that „most people in our western world attach little importance to environmental noise in their everyday life“ (Bill Fontana), the city dwellers have adapted themselves to traffic noise. They seem to have few acoustic signals-coughs and hall-to associate the corresponding holiness in the church ship. (Costa Gröhn)

Phonophon @ Institut für neue Medien (INM), Schmickstraße 18, 60314 Frankfurt
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