14 August 2016
Analema Group presents KIMA
Sound and visual performance for six singers and audience
KIMA invites you to create a composition of sound and light collectively in an open circular space of the Curtain Call at the Roundhouse.
Analema Group will explore architecture and acoustics of the Curtain Call through an interactive multi-channel sound and video installation. Curtain Call is large scale immersive installation created by architect Ron Arad in the main space of the Roundhouse, inviting music and visual artists throughout August to interpret the 360-degree canvas through art and music.
Inspired by the space and original poetry, a vocal ensemble will create unique sonic worlds echoing different states of the mind. The idea of stage, of duality between performer and audience is dissolved as performers play among the audience, inviting them to step into these musical worlds.
Participants are invited to visually discover characteristics of the sounds they create. Using immediate visual cues as a graphic score, the audience weaves its own music into the overall fabric of the performance. The performance will be based on a poem ‘Wheel’, written by Evgenia Emets especially for the occasion.
Sounds will form geometric representations, resulting in an ever changing array of visual explorations as a continuously moving, meditative experience. This visual representation, developed jointly by Paulo Ricca and Dario Villanueva Ablanedo, is interpreting sound analysis by Sean Soraghan on the Curtain Call, enhanced by original sound design created by Alain Renaud. These combined vocal expressions accumulate into a complex sonic and visual composition.
KIMA is performed on the 14th of August at Curtain Call. Microphone stations are installed inside and outside of Curtain Call – to listen to voices, which affect the visual field one by one and all together, forming a complete image. Performers and audience will explore how their sounds and their silences contribute to the experience.
KIMA takes inspiration from self-organising systems and their creative potential. While audiences are creating and composing in real time, they experience sound, as visual image and movement as alternative communication tool. Kima reflects on the philosophical idea of interconnectedness and where every part of the whole is interdependent, nothing is ever isolated. Through sound and movement we evoke qualities of mutuality, ability to listen intentionally and to act with an understanding of reciprocity.
Performance by: Evgenia Emets, Nao Masuda, Rugilė Girdzijauskaitė, Ben Zucker, Mārtiņš Baumanis, Uran Apak and audience
Poem by Evgenia Emets
Vocal interpretation by Ben Zucker and Nao Masuda
Sound design Alain Renaud
Sound analysis by Sean Soraghan
Visual Development by Paulo Ricca and Dario Villanueva Ablanedo
Production Oliver Gingrich
Project management Katerina Loschinina
Background of KIMA project
KIMA creates a visual representation of sound, relating music to visual form in real time. KIMA – meaning ‘wave’ in ancient Greek (‘kyma’) – interprets music as an interplay of light and form, it is an artistic quest for a new reading of sound. The project enables collaborative participation in the process of music making and listening, investigating visual properties of sound. KIMA was first presented to audiences at Kinetica Art Fair 2013. In 2014 Kima was invited to be part of the ICT & Art Connect at Watermans Art Centre in London. In 2014 Kima was commissioned for an installation at Bournemouth University, Kinetica Art Fair and Union Chapel. Performance at Union Chapel in 2015 transformed Union Chapel’s ornate wooden ceiling into a canvas for visual music.
Evgenia Emets is a poet and artist. Sound, word, poetry, drawing are the primary elements of her current work. Through installation and performance work she creates experiences, which invite to question the boundaries of perception. Participants come into a direct experience with layers of reality, observing their own physical, psychic and emotional responses. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art, London in 2008. She is currently based in London. She worked in Moscow with Stella Art Foundation throughout 2005-2008, exhibiting internationally with projects 108, Europe, The Elements of Light. In 2007 she moved to London launching experimental work: Okean X (2007) and Manta Ray (2008). She is Artistic Director and Founder of Analema Group, which created projects throughout 2010 – 2015: A-Field, Root A, Khaos and Kima. www.evgeniaemets.vision
Recent phrases Ben Zucker has begun using in describing his work include “object relations”, “situation creation”, and “human algorithms”. Said work includes concert music, improvisation, electronica, and performance art; it has taken him recently to premieres and shows at the New York Fringe Festival, Northwestern University New Music Conference, the Banff Centre, and the Audio Branding Academy Congress in Berlin (where he was recognized as a “Young Composer Talent!”). Ben is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, and currently resides in London, where he is an MA student at Brunel University. http://www.benzuckersounds.com/
Mārtiņš Baumanis is a sound explorer, currently pursuing a MMus in Leadership at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He uses his voice, electronics, the piano and anything in between to create meaningful sounds, both as a composer and a performer. Originally from Latvia, he maintains an important connection to the ever singing and musically prodigious Baltic country. Sound for him is a way to break barriers, to shoot right through the inhibitions and reservations of people. Sound can avoid all the rituals of human interaction and get straight to the point, straight to one’s inner being, and in this elusive ether work very efficiently to perform social actions and bring people closer to each other.
Uran Apak is a multimedia artist and voice tutor. He holds an MA in Sonic Arts from Goldsmiths University. Uran’s Istanbul based Nu Park project focuses on theatrical, audio-visual and improvised performance. Uran’s London based project WILDEAST is a fusion of Turkish influences with electronic music. Uran also sings and performs with TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir. Since 2013, Uran has been facilitating the Voice DNA workshop that allows people to discover their unique voice. Uran is also an award-winning film composer and is currently working on his solo music. www.soundcloud.com/uranomnichannel, www.voicedna.co.uk
Rugilė Girdzijauskaitė or Girdi (hears) is a Lithuanian singer and portraitist. She has a BA in History of Art and German from UCL and briefly worked in the Nature Morte Galerie in Berlin and the Isokon Gallery in London, currently involved in social investments for her day job. Rugilė started singing in choirs, before daring to go solo with the UCLU Jazz Society and at open mics in Austria and London. She has a soft voice and lends it to kind song-writers and instrumentalists, and enjoys making eye-contact with her audience.
Nao Masuda is a composer/musician who started her career in Tokyo as a singer-songwriter. She quickly evolved into an instrumentalist playing several instruments in unorthodox ways and then went on to produce and direct mixed/multi media events and exhibitions as an artist/designer as well as a musician/performer. Since moving to London in 1998 Nao has worked with a number of bands/collaborative projects and toured internationally. In recent years Nao has mainly been working in theatre providing various types of live and recorded music and sound effects for projects of diverse disciplines. While setting music as the central element of her expression, she works keenly to integrate other elements such as physical movements, energy flows, visual aspects, and ambience, to enhance the musical experience of both herself and audience. www.naomasuda.com