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Tuesday, August 30th 2011
Doors 21, Concert 22 Cellule d'Intervention METAMKINE // Antoine Chessex - Nothing for backtape and tenore saxophone N.K. Elsenstr. 52
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin NeukÃlln
Cellule d'Intervention METAMKINE is an open-ended group
including musicians and filmmakers researching the dynamic between image
and sound. Founded in 1987 by musician JÃrÃme Noetinger and filmmakers
Christophe Auger and Xavier QuÃrel, Metamkineâs concepts have been
carried out and performed in festivals, galleries, rock clubs, cinemas,
and contemporary art spaces, in France, Europe, Canada, and the US.
Since 1995, they have developed collaborations with other groups or
artists like Nachtluft (Switzerland), Kinobits (France), Loophole Cinema
(England), Tom Cora (USA), Le Cube (France), la Flibuste (France), and
Voice Crack (Switzerland).
A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed,
Metamkineâs self-termed âmusico-cinematicâ creations explore the
relationship between image and sound, resulting in work that is at once a
performance and its document. Appearing in a posture reminiscent of a
band before the film screen, Metamkine aims to liberate music from the
servitude of cinema, and the important moment becomes the confrontation
on stage. âWorking with an army of 16mm projectors, analog sound
equipment, large mirrors and jerry-rigged doodads, Metamkine manages to
construct something spectacular from the most unlikely of sources.
Abstract yet concrete, as aggressive as it is lulling, a performance by
Metamkine lives and grows in the memory long after the show has ended.â -
Andrew Lampert of Anthology Film Archives.
Nothing for backtape and tenor saxophone performed by Antoine Chessex
Nothing features a sonic structure for tenor sax, quadraphonic or stereo system and backtape.
The fusion of the prerecorded textures, the live acoustic signal
performed in real time and its sonic shadow on tape result in a grand
cluster of strong beatings describing the acoustic geometry of the
space. The piece is meant to be confronted with different types of
spaces and architectures.
Nothing was premiered at the Sophiensaele, Berlin, for the Sololala
festival in december 2009 and has been performed at the Meteo festival
in Mulhouse in august 2010. Further executions of this work are planned in 2011. Antoine Chessex is a composer and sound artist born in 1980
in Vevey, Switzerland, with a background as a saxophone player and
performer. His sonic researches include compositions for ensembles, solo
works and sound installations. ChessexÂs works are based on the
exploration of the physicality of sounds and spaces and deal with
acoustic as much as electronic and electroacoustic mediums. His solo
works feature dense layers of sustained pitches reacting with the
architecture of the space or massive clouds of amplified sax resulting
in intense live actions in total immersion in the sound. He presents his
works worldwide and appears at numerous international festivals and
venues in the U.S.A, Russia, Japan, China and all around Europe.