The 10th edition of the Simultan Festival will take place from October 8-11, under the theme
‘Terms & Conditions_‘.
Theories and paradigms of the future often begin with the belief that humanity is in the midst of a extensive world transformation and attempt to explain the transformation and where these changes may be taking us. We live in a pluralistic world – a competitive reality of different points of view and different social movements. Our present condition is full of ‘therms and conditions’. Further, social movements, as expressions of different paradigms, will clash, often violently, in this competitive process, under pressure of the global economic and ideological crises. Tension is the motivating force behind language, behind ideation, behind all mental conceptions.
In developing the theory of ‘Archaeology of Knowledge’, Foucault was trying to analyse the fundamental codes which a culture uses to develop the theory or configuration of knowledge that determines the empirical orders and social practices of each particular historical era. He adopted discontinuity as a positive working tool. Some of the discourse would be regular and continuous over time as knowledge steadily accumulates and society gradually establishes what will constitute truth or reason for the time being. But, in a transition from one era to the next, there will be overlaps, breaks and discontinuities as society reconfigures the discourse to match the new environment.
“Failure” has become a prominent aesthetic in many of the arts in the late 20th century, reminding us that our control of technology is an illusion and revealing digital tools to be only as perfect, precise and efficient as the humans who build them. New techniques are often discovered by accident or by the failure of an intended technique or experiment. The purpose is not only to explore the aesthetic potential of advanced methods of creating images and formulates new options of perception and artistic positions in this media revolution.
‘It is failure that guides evolution; perfection offers no incentive for improvement.’ — Colson Whitehead
Opening – 8 Oct. 19h la Casa Artelor
program details: http://10.simultan.org/program
live performance projects //
TOKTEK – Tom Werbruggen [NL] / PEOPLEMETER (Incredible Bob + WoO) [SRB] / LÁZÁR GÁBOR [HU] / LUMISOKEA (Koenraad Ecker + Andrea Taeggi) [BE/IT] / THE ERASERS [GR/DE] / SIRENS (Novi_sad + Ryoichi Kurokawa) [GR/JP] / RODION G.A. [RO] / SOARE STANIOL [RO] / FRANCK VIGROUX [FR] / XAVIER VAN WERSCH [NL] Details: http://10.simultan.org/live-performance
video works by the following artists //
Daniel Nicolae Djamo, Johanna Reich, Left Hand Rotation Collective, Heidi Kumao, Chciuk Aleksandra, Antidote, Adi Gelbart, Felice Hapetzeder, Bennett Gregory, Miguel Andrés, Mihai Grecu, Bonder Joanna, Joaquín Baus Auil, Vasilis Papageorgiou, Isabelle Hayeur, Yuval Yairi & Zohar Kawaharada, Elena Bellantoni, Snow Yunxue Fu, Mathieu Labaye, Bruno Melissa, Rick Fisher, Noelle Duddridge, Mowchun Lasha, Mark Tholander, Neil Ira Needleman, Kai Miedendorp/ IJ. Biermann/ Fiene Scharp, Marc Neys (aka SWOON), dreamrec / Silvi Visan, Franz Rosati, Sheppard Hayley, mud otolab, xo00 otolab, My Name Is Scot, Vasile Leac, Marko Schiefelbein, Berdugo Liat, Auik, Bartosz Warwas, Conor McGarrigle, Jana Kerima Stolzer, Benjamin Grosser, Abdelaziz Taleb, Andreas Karaoulanis, Lyons Michael, Irina Botea, Przemek Węgrzyn, Rosero Pablo, Griffin Brooke, Yang Wonbin, Caspar Below, Pawel Janicki, Lynn Kim, Ghadiri Sedi, Katarzyna Parejko, Marie Fages, Wenhua Shi, Tatiana Pancewicz, Koldo Almandoz, Martin Rosete, Toban Nichols, Josephine Turalba, Jose Luis, Paolo Fantini, Maxime Billion & Dave Lojek, Felix Fernandez Fernandez, Kaya Oguzhan, Mario Gajo de Carvalho. Details: http://10.simultan.org/videoart
live projects info //
XAVIER VAN WERSCH [NL]
The work of Xavier van Wersch reflects an organical approach to the field of electronic music. In his compositions, performances and installations there is always an element of controlled chaos. He explores the relation between man and machine by conceiving the two of them together as a hybrid system in which erratic behaviour is the principal condition for interaction. Another common theme in his work is recycling. Like a modern Frankenstein, he constructs his machinery from parts of deceased equipment and disfunctional devices. Website
THE ERASERS [GR/D] present ATAXIA
The Erasers create a non linear downward spiral of people, ideas and situations about the information revolution. They research data centres, old industrial factories, human and artificial memory, the war machine and the labyrinth in the flow of thoughts. The Erasers use multiple, often handheld, inexpensive digital cameras, digital video databases and audio equipment to create an optico/sonic infoscape. Real time cinematics is the tool towards the creation of an instant user manual. Ataxia is re-enacted in real time in multiple synchronic pieces of action. The Erasers: “our work is information / our language is real time / our memory is decentralized.” Founded in 2006, The Erasers is an Athens-Berlin based performance company that creates productions with the aim of exploring the boundaries of theatre, cinema and sound. The Erasers’ productions blend stage performance, real time cinematics, text, video, sound, and internet to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century. The combination of these diverse elements is based on a search for a new audio-visual language. Video to a past performance. Website
Lumisokea is a Belgian-Italian duo, formed by Koenraad Ecker and Andrea Taeggi. Their music is at once highly physical and rich in texture, using various acoustic instruments as well as analog hardware to create a dark and introspective listening experience. Their influences range from dub to noise, traditional percussion musics from Asia & Africa, techno, musique concrète and contemporary classical music. To strengthen the impact and concentration of their live-shows, Lumisokea have created a visual side to their musical performances together with Yannick Jacquet (Legoman). The visuals and scenography that Yannick Jacquet designed for Lumisokea are based around the simple but highly effective idea of projecting slowly developing, abstract geometrical beams of light into a pitch black room filled with smoke. Website
TOKTEK – Tom Werbruggen [NL]
Over the years, toktek has mastered the art of sampling anything that makes sound. Nothing is more entertaining than watching toktek build up his palette of sounds from random musical objects and then blissfully play them on his joystick controller. He’s like a modern day Robinson Crusoe enjoying his castaway life in electronic music wonderland. Website
SOARE STANIOL [RO]
Soare Staniol-a concept concert experimenting around the fusion of acoustical instruments and electronically generated sound. Being both strong and fragile, both vulnerable and hypnotical, Soare Staniol reinvents vocal narration through intimist melodic lines and recited-sung texts. A sensation of audibl tactile will be induced by the video art elements. Maria Balabas – voice, keyboards + Mihai Balabas – violin, guitar, effects + Sorin Paun / Randomform – electronics + Marina Pingulescu – violin, voice + Calin Torsan – flutes + Gabriel Balasa – percussions + Tenzin – visuals4.
SIRENS – liveAV performance Novi_sad [Gr] + Ryoichi Kurokawa [Jp}
‘Sirens’ is an effort to ‘poison’ the ground and this vast pool of information in a world where almost everything equals with a digit. It could be perceived as the juxtaposition between an aural sentimental longing and the ‘dry’ world of data. The stock markets stumbling across the globe determines a potentially hectic situation which could be ‘finetuned’ by epic, elegiac and heavy sounds. We are living in the era of irrational economies of blood or what Alan Greenspan once called ‘irrational exuberance’. Website
PEOPLEMETER – Expanded Cinema Performance
Peoplemeter is a new expanded cinema performance created by Incredible Bob, video artist and WoO, experimental guitarist and sound artist, both from Belgrade. Performance is shaped with video projection, blue lasers, neon wires, and lights with live electronic music. Video consists of imagery shot with microscope, endoscope and other techniques, and protagonists arerobots, living in a post digital world of signals, frequencies, oscillations and other media junk. Live music is performed by WoO, playing guitar with effects and Bob playing live electronic music. Website
RODION G.A [RO]
Rodion G.A. are without doubt, one of music’s best-kept secrets. That’s despite being around for nearly forty years. The story begins when a musical visionary decided to form his own band in Romania four decades ago. It was between 1975 and 1976, when the Rodion G.A. story begins. That’s when Rodion Rosca formed the band that bore his name. This would be no ordinary band, far from it. Rodion G.A. would become one of the most innovative bands in Romanian musical history. In 1975, Rodion joined with Gicu Farcas and Adrian Caparu to complete the lineup of Rodion G.A. By 1975, Rodion had amassed an eclectic selection of equipment and established a reputation as a D.I.Y. tech wizard. He created his own unique way of creating music on reel-to-reel tape recorders, using the various tape machines to multitrack. His nascent studio included several Tesia tape recorders, drum machines, phasers, flangers and fuzz pedals. Then there were a toy Casio VL Tone and a Soviet made Faemi organ. Like the music Rodion G.A. were making, the equipment they were using was just as leftfield and eclectic. Website
FRANCK VIGROUX [FR]
A composer and improviser, Franck Vigroux lives in a universe where noise, improvisation, electroacoustic, industrial, hörspiel, and contemporary music meet. On stage he can play many different roles: guitar player, turntablist, revox manipulator, electronic performer. He also directed numerous videos, such as Dust (30′) in 2007. Franck Vigroux performs solo or regularly collaborates for live acts with Mika Vainio, Transistor (with Ben Miller), Reinhold Friedl he also collaborated with Kasper Toeplitz, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Joey Baron, Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret, Push the triangle, Kenji Siratori, Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, performs with video artists Antoine Schmitt (with Tempest), Kurt d’Haeseleer (with Aucun lieu), Philippe Fontes (with Police). Website
GÁBOR LÁZÁR [HU]
Gábor Lázár is a Budapest based artist working with digital sound synthesis and self-developed interfaces. In his work he attempts to avoid the traditional temporal measurements and composes pieces based on one note with focus on spectral changes using additive synthesis. His interface works with tester algorithms based on simple mathematical operations which help in the compositional decesion-making and trigger different temporal and spectral musical events run by an unique timeline. Gábor studied electronic music and media arts at University of Pécs. Website