Visegrad Artist Residency – Visual & Sound Arts

RESIDENCY 10 – 12 / 2018
Supported by International Visegrad Fund
The focus of Andi Schmied’s installations, videos and printed work has been the architectural framing of social space. For exhibitions and performances, she draws from her background in architecture and industrial fabrication to present site-specific environments that combine physical and audio-visual constructs. She uncovers unexpected human behaviours and urban anomalies – places that, for one reason or another, do not follow conventional logic, yet remain part of our cityscape.

During her stay in Brno she will be working on a book of an on-going project of hers, Private Views, about the privileged spaces in Manhattan, alongside a research project on several of the tallest towers of Brno. She will chose different towers in Brno that represent different political ideologies of the history of the city. The tallest tower, the recently completed 111 metres high “AZ tower” is opening a new era in the global phenomenon of skyscraper production in the city, while the Kancelarsky Komplex Sumavska was a product of the 70’s and its failed utopian ideals. Through an artist book, she would guide the reader through these penthouses, showing the sunset from Trump World Tower, the dawn over Central Park seen from the tallest residential tower on Earth and show samples of the Siberian marble, material used in bathtubs overlooking the Statue of Liberty.

ONE Madison, gicleé print, Private Views photo series, 2017, New York, US

Bloomberg Tower, gicleé print, Private Views photo series, 2017, New York, US

REZIDENCE 07 – 09/2017
Podpora: International Visegrad Fund (VARP)
Ján Gašparovič (*1981) ve své práci systematicky zkoumá zvuk, světlo, prostor a různé biologické, chemické nebo fyzikální procesy.
Po dobu rezidence v 4AM tomu není jinak a upírá svou pozornost na studium a výzkum v oblasti nízkofrekvenčního vlnění a vibrace. Vznik, šíření, dopad a generování nízkofrekvenčního vlnění.
„Infrazvuk je zvuk s frekvencí nižší než je lidské ucho schopné vnímat, tedy pod 16 či 20 Hz. Takovou frekvenci mají např. seizmické vlny při zemětřesení či nízkofrekvenční vibrace strojů. Právě nízkofrekvenční vibrace strojů a vibračních motorů vnímá jako východisko při simulaci řízených otřesů podobných otřesům, které vznikají ať už přirozeně či lidskou aktivitou, přenesených do galerijního prostředí.
Hertz (Hz) jednotka vyjadřuje, kolik pravidelných dějů se odehraje za jednu sekundu. Jeden hertz jednoduše znamená „jedenkrát za sekundu” (1/s, s-1); 100 Hz znamená „stokrát za sekundu”, atd. Pomocí řízení otáček vibračního elektromotoru je možné docílit přenosu vibrace s požadovanou hodnotou na úrovni infrazvuku.

Collective-composition-n.1 (1) (kopie)

Collective composition n.2 – research in compositional collaboration and collective creative process
Artist: Ján Podracký (SK)

RESIDENCE 08 – 10/2016

The residency project aims on theoretical processing, presenting and preparing of musical composition which examine serial multi-mindedness decision-making, cooperative creative process and social behavior of participants in context of one piece of music, notated on one common paper and mailed around the world. …People and their sounds…

Focusing on fundamental questions of creative process and its possibilities in co-composing between composers, one can ask what will happen if each next step of compositional process will be decided by different person? What result would bring this step-by- step decision-making in a context of one piece? What conditions and limitations are needed for the best possible result? Is it possible to find unity between so different aesthetics, if yes how? Is it meaningful in multi-directional community of contemporary music? …Community, not elite…

What the behavior of the individuals will be in this specific collective social situation, especially between composers who are considered as one of the strongest individuals in art? The project brings together established composers with young or still studying ones thus creating a multicultural and inter-generational social relationships. …Collective of individualities…

The planned outcome is presentation of this project to wider range of experts, discussion about it, enrichment of it for the best possible results. The lecture would consist of audiovisual demonstration of the first version of the concept and word presentation of the second version which is still in progress. Based on this critical discussion with additional experts the main residency outcome would be publishing an essay about essence of the concept, its specification, its potential advantages or disadvantages to musical composition and education in general. This essay is necessary anchor point for additional work with a concept, also possibly base point for new improved versions. The last outcome would be performance of the Collective composition n.1, which score includes entries by 12 composers.

Ján Podracký, Brno – August 2016

Supported by International Visegrad Fund as part of Visegrad Artist Residency – Visual & Sound Arts programme.