New Empathies: INTERMEDIA
New Empathies: INTERMEDIA
Interactive sound installation by Wojtek Blecharz
Sat 13 06 2020 8p.m.
In english language.
Free admission, participation after registration at email@example.com. After successful registration you will receive all necessary information, including a short technical guideline.
Sound installation for those who are near and far… With his sound installation “INTERMEDIA” as part of the online series “New Empathies – Far from a distance” in radialsystem the composer Wojtek Blecharz invites the audience to actively participate in making sound. Out of the situation of lockdown, which reduces the life of many people to a limited space – the same space is used for living, working, eating and sleeping – Blecharz has developed an interactive and spatial sound mediation, which emphasizes the social aspect of music and tries to expand our currently limited reality through sound.
In a time where any kind of music can be played at any time, at any place, Blecharz uses avaliable technologies to reactivate the long tradition of playing music together in a domestic setting as an aspect of our everyday life. In his sound installation the participants* are not passive listeners*: The structure of the piece consists of several tracks with different sound characteristics, but played together they will complement each other, creating a multilayered texture. Depending on the number of technical devices (laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) and where in the room or apartment these devices are placed, the sound installation varies. The participants* will be guided during a zoom session how to play the tracks that are available online and thus create their personal sound installation that can be repeated and varied as often as liked.
Wojtek Blecharz, born in 1981 in Gdynia, Poland, graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2006 with a Master of Arts degree and received his doctorate in composition from the University of California, San Diego in 2015. Since 2012 he has been curating the Instalakcje Music Festival that features non-concert music at Warsaw’s Nowy Theater. Among his works are the three opera installations “Transcryptum” (2013), “Park-Opera” (2016) and “Body-Opera” (2018). In 2018 he also composed the opera “Fiasko”, based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek. In 2012 Blecharz received a scholarship from the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, in 2013 he was one of the winners of the IMPULS composition competition in Graz. In October 2016 he took part in Ari Benjamin Meyers’ 15-day installation “Musikwerke Bildender Künstler” in the Hamburger Bahnhof, during which he composed publicly for four hours each day in the museum. He has created works for the Kwadrofonik Ensemble (Warsaw), Klangforum Wien, International Contemporary Ensemble (NYC), Collegium Novum Zürich and Ensemble Eklekta (Geneva), among others. His works have been performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Salzburg Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv and the MATA Festival (NYC).
„New Empathies“ is sponsored by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. Media partners: tip Berlin, Exberliner and Ask Helmut.