My Place My Sound (Tomoko Hojo + Rahel Kraft)
Postcards From The Volcano (Stephan Barrett + Helen Frosi)
Friday 29 June doors 8pm – start 8.30pm | £7 adv / £9 door BUY TICKET (fees apply)
My Place My Sound
In this presentation, Hojo+Kraft will create a performance piece based on the past two projects. Both in Tokyo and in the Lower Engadine they explored the specific acoustics in collaboration with the local community with special regard to the interaction of ‹inner sounds› between people, language, home and space. The collected and composed material, texts, scores and narrations will be transformed into different contexts, from a sound installation or audio walk into a performed sound organism. Through this performance, Hojo+Kraft create a moment to experience and imagine such opposed areas as Tokyo and the Swiss Alps with the continuous theme ‹hidden connection between sound and place›.
Hojo+Kraft is a sound art collective by Tomoko Hojo (London/Tokyo) and Rahel Kraft (Nomadic/Zürich). They explore intimate, hidden sounds in different regions to highlight the individual relationship between sound and place. Through methodologies as interviews, field recording, improvisation, performance and narration Hojo+Kraft create imaginary audio journeys. Their recent work ‘Audiowalk INNERN’ is an app designed for the specific path along the river Inn between Scuol village and Nairs in a remote area of the Swiss Alps. In 2017, Hojo+Kraft created Reborn Homes Through My Voice, seven site-specific sound works especially made for a traditional Japanese house in Tokyo with performances and events. A German edition of this work was exhibited in the group show SPOT ON, Nairs Switzerland.
Image by Jim Hoult
Postcards From The Volcano
Born in 2015 out of a love for the outdoors, Postcards from the Volcano is a series of sporadic live radio shows focusing on the poetics of landscape, nature and space in relation to the (non)human interweaving conversation and on location pre-records with spoken word pieces, sound art, sonic
During live performances Postcards from the Volcano focuses on creating immersive soundscapes utilising
Having charted a course through various musical landscapes, ranging from recitals amidst the clinking of teacups in smoke-filled drawing rooms to crepuscular pastoral and Noirish escapades on the open road, Stephan now finds himself on a new shore. His growing interest in the sonority of found objects, field recordings, sound art and tape experiments will provide him with the tools for his next voyage.
Stephan collaborates with Helen Frosi under the moniker, Postcards From The Volcano, and with Dan Strange as Georges Kaplan Presents… His latest collaboration, Littoral Transmissions, is a conduit for creating live transmission art works. These may be heard on 199Radio, broadcasting monthly from New River Studios. He also regularly attends fee improv meet-ups, Mopomoso and SKRONK.
Helen Frosi (SoundFjord)
Having grown up climbing trees, upturning stones, mimicking birdsong, and making nests in hay bales, Helen has an enduring love affair with green and wild spaces. Now a city dweller, she’s especially drawn to those tenacious plants and beasts that spring up in urban realms when things are abandoned, left to their own devices. As a born wanderer, she continues her ecstatic perambulations in the Big Smoke, seeking out adventure under the moonlight, or an echoing bridge. With curiosity in her backpack and a plethora of recording devices at hand she pulls on her well-worn boots and strides out into the city that has become her muse.
Helen collaborates with Stephan Barrett to produce immersive environments as Postcards From The Volcano and is co-curator of Longplayer Day. In 2010, Helen co-founded SoundFjord, a gallery and research unit dedicated to the sonic arts. Breaking down the physical and psychological restrictions of a fixed location SoundFjord now works nomadically, preferring to collaboration with like-minded organisations and individuals, curating works in unexpected and curious locations. www.soundfjord.org