Finnbogi Pétursson Kontraste festival “Dark As Light”
KONTRASTE 2013: DARK AS LIGHT
10-13.oktober Krems / Austria
The tenth edition of the Kontraste festival Dark As Light takes place from 10 to 13 October 2013 in and around Krems with a compelling programme of cutting-edge films, concerts, installations, an illustrated lecture, and a publication.
With Dark As Light Kontraste aspires to the heavens and directs our gaze upward, from the dark to the light, in full contrast. The vertical architecture and the high narrow windows of the Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche – the main venue of Kontraste – lure our attention to what is above. Everything in the church strives upwards towards heavenly contemplation. Hence the Minoritenkirche is the perfect venue for the world première of Vertical Cinema. Ten groups of avant-garde filmmakers, musicians and visual artists have been commissioned to make a new film for a new format. The films are printed on 35mm celluloid and will be projected vertically by means of a specially developed projection set-up. Vertical Cinema is site-specific cinema, cinema attuned to the architecture of the church. The films re-imagine what cinema can be when conventions like the horizontal orientation are discarded. Vertical Cinema takes its inspiration from the legacy of experimental film, which has always been a driving force for new artistic forms and content. It rotates cinema 90 degrees, deliberately going against the prevailing trends of contemporary film. It breaks not only with the horizontal orientation of film but also with the fact that film is now all-digital and should be easy to consume on as many different platforms as possible. Vertical Cinema proposes a beyond-digital, transversal future for film. You have to come to Kontraste to experience it. A comprehensive lecture, a series of film excerpts at Kino im Kesselhaus and a publication will provide a historical and theoretical context to Vertical Cinema.
Vertical Cinema is a project by Sonic Acts & Kontraste Festival in collaboration withÖsterreichisches Filmmuseum, European Space Agency and Filmtechniek BV, generously supported by Mondriaan Fund.
Other facets of the programme also emphasise ‘the vertical’; rising up from the dark into the light. Spire is a programme that combines the church organ, the emperor of all instruments, with electronic music. The organ is pre-eminently the instrument to praise the higher powers; its long pipes guiding our gaze upwards. It was also by far the loudest and most powerful instrument prior to electrical amplification. In its technical complexity the organ is a forerunner of the synthesiser and electronic music. With a mix of new and old, composed and improvised pieces spire renews this age-old organ tradition in the church St. Stephan in Mautern.
The installation Volume by Franz Pomassl (Kraftwerk Theiß) connects to resonance of a specific space. OFF – 3Hz by Finnbogi Petursson (Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche)refers to the state of mind when body and brain wake up from non-REM sleep into a new day.
FINNBOGI PETURSSON: OFF – 3HZ (COMMISSIONED WORK)
Finnbogi Petursson (IS) is preparing his latest installation OFF – 3HZ for the Kapitelsaal in Klangraum Minoritenkirche, in which he works with water, soundwaves, and light reflections.
As in Reset 2011 (Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA), this site -specific work for the Kapitelsaal deals with states of consciousness and brainwave frequencies in the transition between slow-wave sleep/dream phases and awakening.
At the moment of waking up, the threshold to becoming conscious, the brain awakes up into a new day, at a frequency of approximately 3Hz. The floor of the Kapitelsaal is covered with waterp roof foil to form a basin with a height of circa. 10 cm, which is flooded with (ink-coloured) water and then exposed to sound. The sound waves are transmitted on the water’s surface (and underwater,) reflect off the walls, intersect and produce psychedelic patterns, which again transform into light reflections on the walls of the space. Upon a longer stay, the observers/listeners enter into a kind of hypnotic condition, a sort of daydream.
Morton Subotnick and Thomas Ankersmit put the analogue synthesiser in the spotlight. The pioneering synthesiser composer Subotnick takes us on a journey From Silver Apples of the Moon to a Sky of Cloudless Sulphur. Ankersmit’s sound explorations are set against the almost imperceptibly oscillating drones of Phill Niblock, which ascend unto “big clouds of sound”. Catherine Christer Hennix & The Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage create a truly transcendental listening experience. The subtle microtonal drone, meticulously tuned to the performing space, opens a portal to a different space and time, rising up out to the stars, from which we are made.