SONICA 2012: THIRD CULTURE
Sonica – Festival of Transitory Art, which is being organized for the fourth consecutive year by MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art, makes room for an experimental festival of audio, visual and intermedia artistic practices. Sonica changes the classical gallery space into an interactive field of events, performances, installations, workshops and lectures, with a different theme each year.
This year’s theme is »third culture« and it raises an investigative question about a new culture, the lifestyle of which reflects a junction of technology, science and popular culture. This year’s festival shifts its focus to sound, but it nevertheless maintains the transitoriness of contemporary art as the core of its program, shifting between different media, from installations, audiovisual to interactive works, science to popular culture, on the crossroad of art and technology.
This year’s Sonica Festival is more distinctively leaning towards the medium of sound while at the same time preserving the transitivity of modern art between numerous media that “randomly” meet through technology, from installations and audio-visual works to interactive works, from science to popular culture.
The main part of the program is going to take place between 27th and 30th November with the opening exhibition and performances of renowned groups and individuals from the music, audio art and audio-visual work spheres (Oli Sorenson, Tomaž Grom, Hugo Olim, etc.). The event will then expand to several other locations, from galleries, clubs, to public areas, where artist interventions and artist talks will take place.
One of the most important musical figures will be Christian Fennesz, an Austrian musician, undoubtedly one of the main and most important creators of electronic music of the last two decades. He will perform on 27th November in CUK Kino Šiška.
In the 1990s, along with his supporters from the legendary label Mego, Christian Fennesz legitimately introduced the laptop into a heterogeneous music field. His music is made with a guitar and a laptop, through which he creates a transparent and at the same time whirling sound with an exceptional span and musical complexity.
The festival will begin with a series of pre-events in coproduction with different partners.
Marina Rosenfeld is an artist, based in New York, where she has been redefining musical practices since the 1990s with her hybrid works inside a heterogeneous field of modern art. This time she is going to present her controversial cover version of the famous work Lontano by György Ligeti, Teenage Lontano, rearranged for a teenage chorus.
Vitor Joaquim, a Portuguese composer of electronic music will perform at her side. Joaquim is a veteran of electronic music. He composes since the 1980s. His work is closely related to works of modern dance, theatre and film, and he is, at the same time, one of the active parts of the legendary Portuguese collective and label Cronica.
On 27th October, in collaboration with the Institute Sploh, in Menza Pri Koritu, Metelkova mesto, the younger generation of Swiss electronic music with three renowned composers in the field of electroacoustic music will be presented. Strøm is a Swiss duo that creates improvised electroacoustic music on various electronic devices and a bass clarinet. They make use of approximately 60 cables and 3 oscillators, a computer and a synthesizer, all brought together in the digital sound space.