Opening of Sound Art Exhibition “SKAN II”, Part One

Opening of Sound Art Exhibition “SKAN II”, Part One
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The “Riga 2014” sound art exhibition “SKAN II” will open at the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia on the 31st of May. The exhibition is organised by the adventurous music and related arts association “Skaņu mežs” in collaboration with the “Riga 2014” foundation.

The exhibition brings together outstanding artists from all over the world, whose creative work focuses on sound. The first part of the “SKAN II” exhibition, on show until the 20th of June, presents works by Signe Liden, Aernoudt Jacobs, Pascal Broccolichi, David Helbich, Stefan Roigk and other artists.

The aim of the exhibition is to present the latest developments in sound art as well as link this form of art, directly and indirectly, to the wooden architecture of Riga’s Pārdaugava.

The organisers wish not only the visitors of the exhibition, but also random passers-by to be reached by the aesthetic experience presented by the exhibition.

The main venue for the first part of the “SKAN II” exhibition will be the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, as well as the Kalnciems Quarter Gallery where the work by Pascal Broccolichi will be exhibited. Showcasing works in the Botanical Garden presents an exciting collision of sound art, architecture, urban environment and nature – works will be displayed throughout the entire territory of the garden, including in the auditorium, the herbarium and the pumping station.

“Untamed Choir” by the Dutch artist Peter Bogers is an audio installation that consists of 40 small speakers hanging from the ceiling, playing 30 separate audio channels.

Twenty of these speakers are positioned in a circle, cones pointing inwards. The rest of them are divided over the exhibition room. The human voice is used as the “sound basis”. We hear continual, gradual changes ranging between “scream” and “song” in various tonal pitches. During the vocal parts the “soundscape” gradually changes as the listener moves through the room. With every move the listener makes, a slight and subtle change in the audiospectrum will present itself.

“The Beaters”, a collaboration between Thomas Rutgers, who completed a Master’s degree in composition in context at the Utrecht School of the Arts, and Jitske Blom, an interdisciplinary designer and artist, is a percussive, mechanical sculpture. “The installation consists of a large sounding box with dozens of beaters attached to it,” they describe the work. “But there’s more than meets the eye: materiality is disguised, movement manipulated, and even gravity defied, showing us how visual information can make us hear in a different way.”

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French artist Pascal Broccolichi’s work “Table d’harmonie” will be installed at the Kalnciems Quarter Gallery. Inspired as an artificial soundscape, the image of “Table d’harmonie” is structured like a horizon separating the sky and earth. But soon a resonance is established between sound and the black mass of the drawing where Black corindon dust is spread out on the floor composing strictly regular craters. A loudspeaker is laid out in the content of each crater. The sound piece is composed of low frequencies recorded with the help of a hydrophonic sensor revealing the patterns of sound flux in different parts of the River Daugava and the Gulf of Riga.

The first part of the “SKAN II” exhibition will be followed by two other month-long parts, lasting until the 24th of August.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.

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