The fabulous Spektrum art and community space in Neukölln celebrates the ripe old age of 3 this month during the 48HoursNeukölln festival. A hearty congratulations to the Spektrum team for establishing and maintaining such an innovative project!
Florence To designs and produces sound and light installations creating generative motion graphics and light productions with a strong focus on architectural spatial design and site specific projects. With an educational background in textiles and tailoring, she merged her skills with digital technologies later on to develop installations in underground and disused spaces using its defects as an advantage. Through working in various disparate environments she ventured further into exploring the effects of cognitive and emotional triggers, and how different sensory arrangements are experienced within space. To currently uses information in relation to vibrations including psychoacoustics, neuroscience research and the understanding of computational methods to visualise the process in her work.
In 2015 she developed an acoustic instrument ‘CYEMA’ to create a highly resonant component working with multi-channel systems that could be used for live performance and installation. CYEMA is an instrument of reconstructed iron rods, originally discovered in old clocks that produce a reverse-chord when struck. It was realized through researching and testing materials for a site-specific installation working with psychoacoustic properties in an abandoned swimming pool in Glasgow. In this progressive performance the acoustic instrument is bowed using different tensions and temperaments to gradually augment intense reverberation, using finer digital modular manipulations to explore the hidden vibrations within the highly resonant tones in the instrument.
Jan Jelinek is a musician, producer and remixer. His works deal with the transformation of sounds, translating source materials from popular music into abstract, reduced textures. Bypassing traditional musical instruments, he constructs collages using tiny sound fragments from a wide variety of recording devices: tape recorders, digital samplers, media players and the like. The recordings are processed into repetitive loops that boil the original down to its essentials, the source material becoming indecipherable in most cases.
He began releasing his work in 1998, initially under the pseudonyms Farben and Gramm. In 2000, his sound collages played in the Young Media Pavilion at the EXPO2000 worlds fair in Hanover. Over the following years, he worked with artists like Sarah Morris and the German writer Thomas Meinecke, collaborated with the Japanese improvisation ensemble Computer Soup and the Australian jazz trio Triosk, and created audio-visual performances with video artist Karl Kliem at venues including the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2007, with Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann, he founded the improvisation trio Groupshow that refuses any repertoire and any limitation on performance duration.
Florence To / Jan Jelinek LIVE
Saturday 23rd June 2016 | Doors 18:00 Start 19:00
SPEKTRUMberlin | Bürknerstraße 12 | 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Photo credit: Lieke Plöger