Archives for the month of: April, 2014

Cairn
January 22nd and 23rd 2014
Installation/Piccolo/Video: Sabine Vogel
Before the last Symposium, Landscape Quartet had a short 3 days residency at “Allenheads Contemporary Arts”.
Allenheads is a small village in Northumberland, that used to be a lead mining area.
From the Allenheads Contemporary Arts Centre, where we stayed with Landscape Quartet in January 2014, you could see a cairnon the top of a nearby hill that is used as a navigation point. Cairns you can see all over the world as naviagation points in the mountains, but many are formed by mountaineers bringing a stone with them up the mountain and putting it on a pile when they reach the peak. In ancient times people built cairns in which they buried their dead.
I saw this cairn from down hill and just knew this will be spot where I’m going to work!
While walking uphill, watching the sheep, I found a lot of fluorspar in all kind of colors and thought about the exploitation of the earth through mining and also about the exploitation of people and animals, that had died in the mines.
Up there at the cairn, a beautiful view, the wind was ice cold. I put up the bansuris (Indian wooden flutes), which were played by the wind. Down in the village they had just cut down some wood and made a huge fire, the smoke came up hill and the whole area was filled with an amazing smell.
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The Landscape Quartet: free improv and new environmental sound art from the UK and Sweden @ InterArts Centre, Malmö, 11th-12th April 2014 (scroll down for exhibition and performance times).

Landscape Quartet brings together four musicians/sound artists to explore “natural” environments as constituent elements in new sound art. Bennett Hogg, Matthew Sansom, Stefan Östersjö and Sabine Vogel combine field recording, improvisation, live electronics, and video, in work drawn from residencies in (mostly) remote locations in England and Sweden.

The installations and performances at Malmö’s InterArts Centre present the results of three Swedish residencies alongside work produced over the past two years in Northumberland, England, including a recent project at Allenheads Contemporary Arts. The work of the quartet tries to avoid objectifying the landscape, or “representing” place, instead striving to establish a living relationship with the sites and acknowledging that we are living elements in a much bigger picture, an ecosystem of energies, movements, sounds, and communications across and between species.

In Malmö, this involves filling the different spaces of the building with new versions of works originally produced out in the natural environment – the tranquil forests and lakes around Kalv in central Sweden, the breathtaking openness of the Baltic Sea environment of Klagshamns Udde near Malmö, and the disconcerting collision of industry and wilderness in the northern Swedish city of Gavle. In addition to work produced in Sweden there are also video and performance works produced during a residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts in January of this year, as well as other pieces made in Northumberland.

Katharine Norman – “As I got to know a little of the work of the quartet’s individual members I realized that I was also getting to understand a little more about how personal stories and sensibilities inform practice, and decisions about practice, and in particular the deep connections we are capable of making between self (one’s personal ‘landscape’, as it were) and how we engage with landscape”.

Dallas Simpson – “An inspiring event offering many insights into the evolving individual methodologies and collective collaborations of The Landscape Quartet”.

James Wyness – “. . . so much of the Landscape Quartet’s work leaks out at the sides and can’t be contained within an orthodox musical discourse. This is its strength”.

Exhibition/Installation opening times:
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April, 2014, 13:00-22:00

There will be fixed-media audio-visual works in the cafe and multiple spaces at the Inter Arts Center with spontaneous live performances and interventions throughout the day

Performance events:
Friday 11th April @ 17:00 “Tracks and Traces” – Travelling in sound between the urban and the natural at the industrial edges in Gävle.

Friday 11th April @ 19:00 “Where Rivers Meet” – A sequence of sonic art works responding to elemental forces of wind and water in Allenheads, Northumberland during the Winter.

Sat 12th April @ 17:00 “Landscape Quartet” – multi-channel sound works using live improvisation and field recordings from wild locations in England and Sweden.

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