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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] Announcement premiere of the sound speaker series on Thursday, Aug 24 with David Michael DiGregorio and Sung Hwan Kim


Thank you.

On behalf--

Thank you very much.

On behalf of the great city of Amsterdam and the whole family of STEIM, let me thank you for the great privilege of being invited here tonight.

Iâm delighted to be speaking to a gathering as attentive as this one--and to one thatâs come together with an objective as compelling as the inconsequential and the unpredictable in music.

I must confess, however, to a certain discomfort, shared with other colleagues, about the very term âmusicâââelectro- instrumentalâ or otherwise.

Listen closely to what I am about to tell you because you can expect to play an active role in the proceedings: A night of sonic experiments meets performance art meets poetry reading meets musical theater, etc.

Present for an evening and some days in advance, James Beckett will share some means of transposing various source material across languages, both visible and audible. This will be expanded in a small concert, a score extracted from 1950âs rabbit experiments, a collaboration with Koen Nutters. Executed by the âN-Ensembleâ, - featuring Viljam Nybacka, Morten J Olsen, Dirk Bruinsma and Carlos Galvez Taroncher.

Right in front of your very ears David Michael DiGregorio and Sung Hwan Kim present a theatre play, "Two in a Room", a synaesthetic melding of music and drawing featuring various instruments and active drawings.

And Jamie Hodge (who moonlights as a producer of dance tracks for legendary Plus 8 Records) will give a serious music talk on the work of Gottfried Michael Koenig (who garnered worldwide recognition in the â80s for his work with the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague).

No doubt, you will rise to the challenge.

Comprised of unequal parts: concert, exhibition, lecture and theatre play, âsound speaker,â as presented here for the first time in studio 3, promises to address all of those long-burning questions we have about so-called musical aesthetics.

With STEIMâs hard and soft gadgetry as the props at their disposal, I now let the artists and performers take center stage and speak through the manipulation of sound itself.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.


STEIM presents on Thursday August 24 at 20.30h the premiere of the sound speaker series,
with David Michael DiGregorio and Sung Hwan Kim.

"Two in a Room"

A musical storytelling performance by visual artist Sung Hwan Kim and musician David Michael DiGregorio, based on the exchange between the two: Kim and DiGregorio, text and lyrics, image and sound, Korea and the US, iconophilia and iconoclasm.

The tale is told through text, music, film and live video. The music itself is made with layered voice, ocarina, delay, a sampling keyboard, harmonica, kazoo, pump organ, guitar, mallets, stretched membranous materials, air, dry-erase marker on plastic, jae-gum (Korean cymbals) and pang-eul (Korean bells). The interest in collaboration with the visual partly lies on how a vocalist might turn into a character in the story telling process; or how the story might turn into music in return.

At the corners of the house, there is nothing, not even dust. The house has two floors, whose first and second floors are connected by a green metal pole, firehouse style. The four corners of the ground floor are protected by the webs that four individual spiders have made. The spiders are all from the same family, all born in different years. The spiders have never met one another since there is enough prey caught in their webs, enough that they never have to travel to the other corners. The second floor is free of spiders. A mysterious woman enters the building through the second floor on Mondays. She cleans the floor from corner to corner, lies on the middle of the floor, first on her back and later on her front, wiggles her butt many times staining the patch of floor with her vagina, and leaves. Her presence conducts itself down below. "Who is she?" The spider from the East wonders. "Who," "is," "she?" the spider from the East shouts. No one hears. "Who is she?" the spider from the West wonders. "Who is she?" she shouts. No one hears. And so forth. By the time the spiders from the North and South wonder and shout, their meals are served, fresh and nice on each of their webs, six times a week, exactly twenty-four bodies of their prey in those six days; and the mysterious woman visits again, the next Monday. The green pole shines from the mold.

David Michael DiGregorio (b. 1979 in Boston) grew up on the North Shore of the Boston area, studied filmmaking and electro-acoustic composition at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Currently, he is a participant at DasArts, Amsterdam. He has screened 16mm work at the Tank, New York City; the Officinema film festival, Bologna; and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Most recently, he has performed concerts at STEIM; Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d'Eendt; BAK, Utrecht; and in the kraakgeluiden series.

Sung Hwan Kim (b.1975 in Seoul, Korea), an artist, holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies from M.I.T, and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. He has shown his works at such venues as Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Asia Society, D.U.M.B.O art center, Pacific Film Archive, Le Plateau (Paris), The Living Art Museum (Reykyavik), Mediamatic (Amsterdam), Objectif-Exhibitions(Antwerp), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul) among others and various international film festivals. As a performer, he participated in Joan Jonas' Lines in the Sand at Documenta 11, Kassel, Tate Modern, London, and The Kitchen, NYC.

Date: Thursday August 24 Time: 20.30h Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Entrance: 5 euro Info and reservations: knock {AT} steim.nl and/or 020-6228690


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