Experimental recordist alas23 presents a sonic exploration of a Soviet era bus cabin, using contact microphones and an electromagnetic field antenna. As well as making the occasional video on Vimeo, alas23 is a regular contributor on Radio Aporee, visit there if you want to hear more.
The recent republishing of this short video to Vimeo provides enough of an excuse for us to post here. Originally made in 2013 for Mill’s Where Light Ends album this short film provides visual and musical accompaniment to Dr. Mamoru Mohri‘s account of his first spaceflight, which took place in 1992 on the space shuttle Endeavour.
“Right now, for the preservation of life, the citizen is being asked to isolate by staying remote and staying still. Stillness and fixity after an age of speed and motion – it’s quite a shock. Later art can analyse this time; now it can only chronicle it, notice the way in which, in unprecedented times, new phenomena surprise us.
Here’s one. In a sudden and involuntary response to stillness, people are starting to travel without moving. People are voyaging in their minds to visualize places remote from the ones they inhabit. Stillness and fixity, it seems, have unleashed the volition and freedom of our imaginations. Our minds are supplying what the world cannot: waking visions, nighttime dreams, compensating for our circumscribed existence – healing us by making associations. Overnight we’ve become nomads of the imagination – our minds reaching out to others across the world.
Here is Elsewhere is an essay film about this psychological phenomenon, asking whether transformations in perception will enable us to think and live differently in the future.”
On a cold, snowy evening of the social distanced winter of 2021 we take stock and drift back not so many months to the warm summer of 2019 when this video was shot, on a mini-DV Handycam, in various locations around Felixstowe. The music is inspired by Japanese Environmental music and was composed on Nanoloop IOS. If you want more visit Penname records.
Ambient, atmospheric landscape cinematography, the kind of thing we love at Flatland Frequencies.
New York gallery space The Issue Room hosted this visual and audio event featuring a montage of images from A. Qadim Haqq, author of The Book Of Drexciya, and audio soundscapes from Dopplereffekt. The theme grows on the concept originated by the late James Stinson and Gerald Donald (of Dopplereffekt), an underwater world inhabited by the water breathing descendants of slaves thrown overboard during the Atlantic slave trade.
After the presentation, techno musician and cultural theorist DeForrest Brown, Jr. talks with A Qadim Haqq about the legacy of Drexciya and techno as black futurism.
Art is a reflection of the society that produces it. In the second decade of the twentieth century, Europe had turned itself into a vast slaughterhouse. In Zurich a group of artists gathered in the Cabaret Voltaire and set about a total rejection of the values that had produced the First World War. The irrationality and absurdity of capitalist society was mocked and satirized in an iconoclastic and nihilistic style that was as irrational and meaningless as the times that had produced it.
“The cinema too must be destroyed”
Not many films are made to deliberately discourage passive consumption. Instead of trying to entertain or seduce the viewer with aesthetically soothing shots this film deliberately interrupts itself and pauses to criticise the institute of cinema itself. It is a commentary on the fractured and fragmentary nature of everyday life with all its discontinuities, contradictions, hopes and frustrations.
Donde Nada Ocurre (Where Nothing Happens) is an artistic project conceived by Ibiza born Irene de Andrés. First shown in its totality at Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, north-west Spain. The project consists of five films, and other models and architectural structures.