The 4th edition of the EMITTER MICRO Festival is taking place at AUSLAND, SPEKTRUM and ZUKUNFT am Ostkreuz. curated by kris limbach, pierce warnecke and seiji morimoto. emitter micro proposes a selection of international and berlin based artists from multiple contemporary sound practices and genres.
Day 1: 19th of May, 8pm
AUSLAND / Lychener Straße 60, 10437 Berlin
Hsiao Li Chi
Cao Thanh Lan
Sayori Izawa / Kumi Iwase (video screening)
Day 2: 20th of May, 8pm
SPEKTRUM / Bürknerstraße 12, 12047 Berlin
Richard Garet (video screening)
API (Biederman+Peljhan) (video screening)
Day 3: 21st of May, 8pm
ZUKUNFT am Ostkreuz / Laskerstraße 5, 10245 Berlin
John Bock (video screening)
Day 1: 19th of May, 8pm @ AUSLAND
Li-Chi Hsiao is a multidisciplinary artist making sound installations and live performances. Using self-made interfaces, her works take on a variety of forms such as Audio-Visual, sound, installations and live performances.
Since 2011, she collaborated with sound artist Iang Tu and Chang Yen-Tzu and began to incorporate visual aspects into her work. Her installations create a transfer from body to the visual domain. In 2013, she began to create audiovisual live performances. In her work she often is questioning the relationship between audience and performer, people and herself.
Cao Thanh Lan (VN)– piano, prepared marxophone, analogue synthesizer, electronics, composition – is a versatile musician encompassing a wide range of stylistic influences, with repertoire from classical to contemporary music and interdisciplinary works. She is an advocate of contemporary music and has earned a wide range of ensemble experience in festivals namely Klangspuren with Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Festival Ircam Paris@Manifest, Impuls Festival – with Ian Pace and Ensemble Klangforum Wien and Ultraschall Festival with Ensemble KNM Berlin, etc. She is also active in the experimental improvised music scene, notably with project Osmosis at Strom Festival Cologne 2013, with Parallel Asteroid at FIME festival in São Paulo, with intermedial ensemble Auralisation at Festival Frischzelle Cologne, with the interdisciplinary ensemble Moment! at Festival Ankuft Neue Musik Berlin, at Musiklabor concert series in Cologne and Festival Kölner Musik Nacht, solo piano at Stadtgarten Köln, Loft Köln and at Festival Ad Hoc Köln, etc. With the electro-acoustic duo Parallel Asteroid, she has been touring in Europe,Japan, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
Sayori Izawa, video maker and photographer, born in Japan, studied Documentary filmmaking at the University of Paris VIII. She always films the real world without staging it, but rather presenting it with intuition, putting forward her particular viewpoint. Recently her films are becoming less narrative and the sound became her main area of interest. Her latest works in collaboration with musicians (Kumi Iwase, Eric Cordier, Laurent Pascal, etc.) focus more on the relation between sound and image.
Kumi Iwasestudied saxophone, clarinet, jazz, composition and electronic music at Paris Music Academy (France). She works on the relation between improvisation and composition, between acoustic and electronic. She plays with the group iki no ato (improvisation with painting and electronic sound), with the trio Yasai (drum/cello/saxophone), collaborate with comedian, dancers, film, and improvisers. She plays in Japan, Taiwan and Europe with her own composition/improvisation project.
Day 2: 20th of May, 8pm @ SPEKTRUM
Ute Wassermann ist als Vokalkünstlerin, Komponistin und Klangkünstlerin für ihre unverkennbar eigene Klangsprache bekannt, die sie in verschiedene Zusammenhänge der experimentellen und Neuen Musik einbringt. Ihre Stimme ist ein vielstimmiges und extremes Klanginstrument, das sie zusätzlich mit Vogel- und Gaumenpfeifen maskiert. Sie singt durch Resonanz- und Lautsprecherobjekte, entwirft Klanginstallationen und performative Soloprojekte. Als Stimmsolistin im Bereich der Neuen Musik und experimentellen Musik tritt sie auf den wichtigen internationalen Festivals in Europa, Australien, Asien und in Museen, Kunsthallen, Clubs und Räumen mit spezieller Akustik auf. Regelmäßige Konzerttätigkeit mit Improvisationsmusikern und festen Gruppen, sowie zahlreiche Uraufführungen für die geschriebener Werke und Musiktheateraufführungen mit bekannten Ensembles und Orchestern. Kompositions aufträge 2016 von: Universität Amsterdam, Ryogoku Art Festival, Fonoteca Nacional/Poetica Sonora, Mexico City.
Jorge Vicario (Madrid, 1989) is going to present his seventh piece of the series ”movements for elastic tape”.
Richard Garet interweaves moving image, sound, expanded photography, and multimedia performance. Garet’s pieces, whether conceptual in origin or stemming from ontological investigations of material and space, are informed by the background noise established as the collective experience of the world that surrounds him. Garet seeks to invert the normative function of this background noise, drawing it up from unconscious status to active presence. He finds further inspiration from observing isolated situations of everyday life and from material interactions that incorporate problems of context, technology, defunctionalization, commodity, and environment. These developments present immersive situations that draw attention not only to the processes of reception-and-perception but also articulate the artist’s interest in time-based input and affect.
Richard Garet holds an MFA from Bard College, NY. Recent projects include RED-Splice, Fridman Gallery, NYC; SOUND ONE, Cindy Rucker, NYC; Periscope, Zipper Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Screen Memory, Galerie Burster, Berlin; Midnight Moment, site specific work created for the electronic billboards of Times Square, NY; Alusiones, Carmen Araujo Arte, Hacienda de la Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela; Meta-residue: Input Material, Space, Studio 10, NY; Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself, Maná Contemporary, NJ; Adrenalina, Red Bull Station, Sau Paulo, Brazil; International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia; Bioderivas, Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Tenerife, Spain; Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; Soundings: a Contemporary Score, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Extraneous to the Message, Julian Navarro Projects, NY; The Spacious Now and the Scale of the Instantaneous, Studio 10, NY; 5×5 Real Unreal, Museum of Art Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela; EAC: Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay; Fine Arts Museum of Montreal; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain; Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and El Museo del Barrio, NYC. His sonic constructions have been published through sound art labels such as 23five, And-Oar, Non Visual Objects, Winds Measure Recordings, Unframed Recordings, Con-V, Leerraum, White_Line Editions, OBS, Line Imprint, and Contour Editions.
Matthew Biederman works across media and milieus, architectures and systems, communities and continents since 1990. He creates works where light, space, and sound reflect on the intricacies of perception and policy. Since 2008 he is a co-founder with Marko Peljhan of Arctic Perspective Initiative, dedicated to fusing traditional knowledge through new technologies towards greater autonomy of the circumpolar region. He has served as artist-in-residence at a variety of institutions and institutes, including the Center for Experimental Television onnumerousoccasions, CMU’s CREATE lab, the Wave Farm and many more. His work has been featured at: Lyon Bienniale, Istanbul Design Bienniale, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, ELEKTRA, MUTEK, Montreal Bienniale (Musee des Arts Contemporain), Bienniale of Digital Art (BIAN, Montreal), Artissima (Turin, IT), among many others.
Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. He founded and co-founded several still active arts organizations in the 90’s such as Projekt Atol and one of the first media labs in Eastern Europe LJUDMILA. From 1994 on he worked on Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art/science/engineering; the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation and the Arctic Perspective Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica with Carsten Nicolai and his work has been exhibited internationally at multiple biennales (Venice, Lyon, Istanbul, Gwangju…) and festivals, at documenta, ISEA, Ars Electronica and museums and art institutions worldwide (YCAM, ICC-NT, PS.1. MOMA, GARAGE…). He serves as professor and director of the MAT Systemics Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara, the coordinator of international cooperation of the SPACE-SI Slovenian Centre for Space Sciences and Technologies and editor at large of the music label rx:tx. In the radio spectrum he is known as S54MX.
– ᓯᕿᓐᓇᓂᖅ Siqinnaaniq (Horizons)
Initially commissioned for the 2013 Festival Access (Pau, FR) under the theme “Digital Suns”. Re-edit of Arctic Perspective Initiative collected footage and audio field recordings from collaborative working trips to develop new technologies for greater autonomy of the circumpolar regions and its Peoples through Inuit Qaujimanituqangit (Traditional Knowledge) with local hunters, artists and youth in the Iglulik, Nunavut region from 2006-2013. The soundtrack was developed through the processing of audio field recordings and reinterpretation from the same period by Pierce Warnecke on the occasion of Emitter Micro (2017).
Camera: Marko Peljhan, Nejc Trost, Matthew Biederman
Edit: Matthew Biederman
Sound: Pierce Warnecke
Day 3: 21st of May, 8pm @ ZUKUNFT am Ostkreuz
Jealousy Party is a Berlin based abstract R&B outfit blending noise and improvisation with funk, avant rock, dub and idiosyncratic electronic collage – a fusion they term Punca. Founded in Florence, Italy in 1995 by producers Roberta WJM Andreucci and Mat Pogo, JP keep their line-up open to variations and explorations, with multi- instrumentalist Edoardo Ricci as their main collaborator.
Right now they are active as a duo with founder members WJM and Mat Pogo on players, electronics and vocals playing metamorphic samples from the burning library of sessions that the duo recorded with an open collective of musicians involved in the Jealousy Party since years.
Those recordings are endlessly reshuffled, dubbed and remixed live with a spontaneous use of playback devices that has become one of Jealousy Party’s most crucial trademarks, in a musical frame that is never 100% improvised and never 100% fixed.
Botborg is an international audio-visual performance group that fuses and rewires raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-color synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, Botborg create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent color and rhythm, pushing the limits of technology to invoke the maximum possible stimulation of their audience’smind and body. Botborg work with a level of experimentation and improvisation that places them in a territory outside traditional musical or cinematic formats, where the boundaries between art, science, and philosophy mutate until they are rendered meaningless.
Beginning in 2004 in Australia (now also located in Germany), Botborg have been making performances of real-time ‘glitch’ sound-video before any such concept was fashionable. Using the largest sound systems and projection screens available, Botborg provides a highly physical experience in concert as the combination of noise, light, and the live space erupt into a work abstracted beyond the cinematic language. Persons who may be prone to photosensitive seizures are advised to exercise caution. Botborg’s performances are essentially practical demonstrations of their own ‘meta-instrument’ known as the ‘Photosonicneurokineasthograph’. This is a complex feedback machine incorporating an entangled mix of new and old technologies that are altered and customized to the unique features of every venue. Although the human operators of Botborg are skilled manipulators of the system, it is equally unpredictable and uncontrollable, allowing Botborg to look and sound vastly different on every occasion. All demonstrations are completely improvised and no source material is used outside the Photosonicneurokineasthograph.
Botborg has hosted live demonstrations at many prestigious music, film, and media festivals throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. Botborg’s films are distributed by specialist experimental film archive Light Cone (Paris, France).
Video Screening with no Sound:
Documenta 11, Kassel
Bock is a multi-media artist primarily known for his performances. Since 1991, he creates environments hand crafted from found materials which function as symbolic settings for his “lectures.” More recently there has been an increased production of film and video work.
In his “lectures”, Bock acts on “stages” built from tables, cupboards or multi-level wood constructions. The objects are handmade or re-modeled accessories of the lecture, made out of clothing, electrical equipment such as hoovers and mixers, or “plastic diagrams” that illustrate his mathematical explanations. After the lecture, they are left on the stage which thus forms a “theatrical collage”. The “lectures” are structured by different scenes in which Bock sometimes works with (non-professional) actors; frequently he plays pop songs or classical pieces from a record player. The lecture is mostly recorded on video. The film is then integrated in the installation, documenting the lecture throughout the exhibition.
Bock has been professor for sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Karlsruhe since 2004.
Laura Odl is a sound artist, radio producer, broadcaster, musician and Dj based in Berlin since 2007. Explorer of sound and music, collector of records and cassettes tapes she also collects pieces of reality recording sounds everywhere she goes. As an artist she works with field recordings, analogue tape machines, cassette players and other obsolete media. As Dj she plays under the name of Ondula, she is resident of the club Sameheads, icon of the underground electronic music scene in Berlin, where she hosts the bi monthly party Diapason, together with Arcane Onde. She explores deep into music proposing an Immersion in obscure electronics, forgotten tapes, analogue synths, Avant-garde, composers, pioneerism and sound collages. Down tempo dance movements combined with rhythms which lead to a different state of consciousness. “Submerged into the rivers of experimental electronics, she will always start a dialogue with those who listen, who seek and with those who swim along.” Together with Eva Geist, she is half of the electronic music duo As Longitude, part of the Berlin label Eine Welt and the Dutch label Knekelhuis where their first Ep, Blauer Part, has been released in 2017.