Secret Chamber II
The second ‘Secret Chamber’ event of Dark Ecology will take place in Nikel, and features live performances by Tromsø sonic jewel Phonophani, Pomassl from Vienna, Love Cult from Petrozavodsk, as well as a collaboration between Mnogoznaal and TILMIL, who represent the flowering cloud wave generation from Komi (Russia). ‘Secret Chamber’ – in Russian Тайная Комната (Tainaya Komnata) – is the name for the audiovisual events in unexpected, ‘secret’ locations, curated by Anya Kuts and Ivan Zoloto from Petrozavodsk. The Secret Chambers are a never-ending experiment. They started in Karelia (North-West Russia) as an attempt to break the concept of a ‘gig’ and challenge music lovers to find new ways of appreciating sonic art. Previous Secret Chambers took place in an old courthouse, in attics, living rooms of wooden cabins in the forest, industrial lofts, desolate beaches, public libraries, cinemas, art galleries, independent venues and bars.
Femke Herregraven - Staring into the Ice
For her Dark Ecology commission, Staring into the Ice, Femke Herregraven examines the relations between the financial world and global warming, and how the melting Arctic ice now opens up new investment opportunities and trading routes for financial markets by making it possible to lay submarine cables on the Arctic seabed.
Jana Winderen - Pasvikdalen
Drifting away from a state of stability, blurring acceleration, moving out of sight, but not out of mind. Invisible but audible, the consequences reveal themselves through the silence of species we have never heard. Jana Winderen’s new work Pasvikdalen is based on recordings made both above and under water close to the border between Norway and Russia. The work is a commission of Dark Ecology/Sonic Acts.
Lucy Railton & Russell Haswell - Unknown
In residency in Kirkenes, Lucy Railton & Russell Haswell (UK) have researched, recorded and developed a new work which was premiered at the Borealis Contemporary Music Festival in Bergen on 14 March, 2015. Their collaboration exploits the languages of contemporary instrumental music and hybrid analogue/digital synthesis.
Margrethe Pettersen: (Work in Progress)
The Tromsø-based artist Margrethe Pettersen works with forgotten gardens, poisoning plants, weeds, and other organic matter often in combination with sound. In a February residency in Kirkenes Margrethe researched plants from a winter perspective – the frozen lakes, the winter landscapes and sounds of plants under the ice of the lakes.
Raviv Ganchrow: Long Wave Synthesis
Long Wave Synthesis is a land-art scale sound installation that investigates infrasound, and probes the relations between how we perceive the landscape and long-wave vibrations. The piece creates a complex topography of acoustic waves in a range of 4 to 30 Hz (mostly in the infrasound range, below the threshold of human hearing) spreading out from an array of custom-built, very low frequency generators. Long Wave Synthesis focuses on material properties of sound, and investigates ways in which a location manifests itself through interactions between walking, territory and sonic attention. The long waves physically interact with the topography and atmospheric conditions, while simultaneously ‘oscillating’ our sense of the surroundings.