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Intuition, Feedback and Resonance

'Intuition, Feedback and Resonance, as keys for experimental musical performances'

Public performance evening
with Clare Strand,
Frank Agsteribbe, Janna Beck, Wouter Steel, Eric Thielemans, and students from the Academy and the Conservatoire Antwerp (Charlotte Bary, Lenneke Nijst, Kristien Doumen, Herlinde Van de Straete and Anaïs Simon)

On the Thursday evening of the 2nd ARTICULATE week, we will focus on the potentialities of visual material (images, graphics, and text) for sound performances. Bringing together researchers and artists from different disciplines and backgrounds, but all experimenting with sound and image or text, we invite you to an intuitive and eclectic evening.

The doors to all locations remain open, so you can walk in and out freely, or grab a drink along the way.

PROGRAMME Thursday 27 October
18:00 Bar opens (entrance hall)

‘Discrete Channel with Noise’
A performance of a photograph
by Clare Strand and students of the Conservatoire

What does a photograph sound like? Conceptual artist Clare Strand built her residency with research group Thinking Tools on her engagement with the transmission and circulation of a photograph. Her work ‘Discrete Channel with Noise’ used a coded system of numbers 1 to 10 as monochrome tonal values to transmit and duplicate an image from sender to receiver without the use of the internet. Strand has taken this photographic code and invited chamber musicians from the Conservatoire to 'play a photograph’.
Each musician individually interpreted the code, playing a notated sound for each number, each working autonomously but also as a group through gesture, intuition and feedback. Each time the photograph is performed new information is output. Without conductor and linearity, the musical sender and receivers operate in 'telematic dialogue’, guided by a set of musical rules only to be built upon and replaced with new musical scores and understandings.


Concert with live animation drawing

by Frank Agsteribbe, Janna Beck, Wouter Steel and students from the Academy and the Conservatoire Antwerp (Charlotte Bary, Lenneke Nijst, Kristien Doumen, Herlinde Van de Straete and Anaïs Simon)

Arias by Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Monteverdi (1567-1643) and John Cage (1912-1992).
With live animation drawing by students of the Academy. 

This project sets up a surprising confrontation between the radical innovations in singing style for solo voice at the beginning of the seventeenth century and those of the second half of the twentieth century. Although these two periods differ greatly in sound and aesthetics, both saw a search for new possibilities and for surprising and even chocking singing styles. Musically, the beginning of the seventeenth century in Italy meant a radical break with the past: the polyphonic web of equal voices made way for a new style. Human voices assumed a more prominent role: the individual expression of passion, of feeling, was now all-important. 
In his 'Aria' from 1958 and the 'Song Books' from 1970 John Cage explored the parameters of the solo voice. In doing so he used a whole arsenal of notation possibilities: some were written in our standard music notation, but others used alternatives with circles of various sizes, lines, dots and all sorts of shapes in different colors. 

The project ‘FRAMED’ investigates how drawers can intuitively create real-time animations. Specific software has been developed for this project and allows artists to co-create live animations on the spot. In various experiments and performances, drawers will work on the basic principles of animation and explore the visual expressive possibilities of “drawing in motion”. Through co-creation and cross-pollination, the artists are challenged to achieve a dynamic collaborative artwork that responds live to the environment and the public.
New to this episode of ‘FRAMED’ will be that the set-up of the large immersive environment will facilitate the space and time for experimental live interventions (by Martino Morandi and Kris Meeusen).
This project is being initiated by Janna Beck and Wouter Steel and is part of the collaborative research project '&CO'.


'The John Hales Society’
by Eric Thielemans and Mauro Pawlowski 

Fueled by their idiosyncratic bass and drums funk, Pawlowski and Thielemans invite (voice) performers who will interact on the spot!

'Everyday Magic Ensemble'
by Eric Thielemans
with Tomas Jillings, Bert Cools, Willem Heylen and Michael Lamiroy 
A score on resonance with five musicians.

(Image from Performing a Photograph by Clare Strand 2022.)


> Part of ARTICULATE 2022