Retina is a performance that includes piano in a setting that immerse it with live video and electronics and putting the classical idiom into modern context. It is an artistic study in the kinetic relationships between sound, image, motion and space. It takes its inspiration from the early cinematic practices of Étienne-Jules Marey, whose work in studying and photographing movement revolutionized the way we visualize time and motion, and puts them in the contemporary perspective. The main question of this project is the ontology of the cinematic praxis: what is contained on the audiovisual material that allows the cinematic experience to be constructed? How is the narrative material developing? Is modern human differs in attention? How to present the material to the modern audience? The soundscape of sober electronics promotes the i! mage and brings the sound and time dimension to the visual aspect. The nostalgic and familiar sounds of piano bridge the modern and old sounds from the early cinematicworld into the modern world.
RETINA was developed at STEIM (Amsterdam) and studio ARTEK (The Hague).
Jos Zwaanenburg’s English Program
Flautist Jos Zwaanenburg presents pieces for flutes and live electronics by composers of The Sonic Arts Research Unit of Oxford Brookes University UK. As an International Visiting Research Fellow at that institution, he invited the composers to write pieces, taking his ideas about a standardised application of contact mics for traditional instruments. Next to the three pieces of the “Research Unit”, Zwaanenburg will perform a piece by Dutch composer Jorrit Tamminga who dug into the same subject.
Jos Zwaanenburg is currently a teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam teaching ‘Contemporary Music Through Non-western Techniques’, ‘Advanced Rhythm’ and ‘Live Electronics’. Zwaanenburg is also a guest lecturer at the music departments of York University and of Oxford Brookes University where he has been appointed as a Research Associate. Zwaanenburg graduated with distinction from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1985 where he studied flute and composition. In the previous year he won the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, receiving an honourable mention for performing his own compositions. Zwaanenburg completed an M.A. in musicology and contemporary performing arts at Leeds University (in 1998), and studied Karnatic music theory privately with Rafael Reina since 1996, leading to further studies in India with Jahnavi Jayaprakash and other top Karnatic performers.
Kasia Glowicka is a Polish artist living and working in The Netherlands. Her artistic output embraces musical media of every kind, as she collaborates with stage directors, choreographers, visual artists, musicians and conductors on original works for opera, dance and symphonic orchestra. Her works are distinguishable by their force of expression and colour. Glowicka’s works have been premiered by renowned international ensembles and soloists receiving recognitions from the Genesis Prize for Opera in London and the Holland Symfonia Competition as well as awards from the European Commission, Polish Society of Contemporary Music, Musica Sacra competition and Bourges competition for electronic music. She holds PhD from Queens’ University of Belfast and is currently lecturing at Royal Conservatory in Brussels. http://www.glowicka.com
Emmanuel Flores Elías is a Mexican digital artist living in Netherlands, studied music composition at the ‘Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música(CIEM)’, audiovisual media at the ‘Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes(AMCI)’ and electronic music at the Institute of Sonology in Den Haag, Netherlands. His audiovisual work explores the narrative relationships between digital audiovisual synthesis, interactivity and improvisation.
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