Icasfestival 2015 art by VOJD
Neunundneunzig (99)
Kinetic Sound Sculpture & Immersive Environment

location: Festspielhaus Hellerau : Empore Süd

THURSDAY 30.04.2015
Performances 19:00 19:30 23:00 23:30

FRIDAY 01.05.2015
Performances: 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30

SATURDAY 02.05.2015
Performances: 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30
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Martin Bricelj Baraga
Martin Bricelj Baraga creates large-scale artworks in public spaces and unusual architectural contexts. He often uses light and sound as means for creating an atmosphere that challenges our perceptions. His works question symbols and myths as a series of time and space-based experiments. His installations, futuristic monuments and situations research the relationship between humans and machines, focusing on the social aspects of popular culture and the political dimensions of our mediated realities. In the past few years he has been increasingly working with sound, especially in his collaborative works with Olaf Bender (Neunundneunzig-99), Spatial (Dental Metal, 2015) and Andre Goncalves (Darkstar 2.0, 2012).
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Olaf Bender
Olaf Bender is a musician interested in the physicality of sound. In 1996, he co-founded the Raster-noton label and art platform with Carsten Nicolai with whom he also collaborates with in the Diamond Version project and in the Signal trio with Frank Brentschneider. He is most known for his work under the Byetone moniker, through which he made a significant impact on the sound of modern electronic music. Bender creates his music digitally by assembling sine tones to complex sound fabrics, digital clicks, and effect plug-ins creating a distinct post-techno sound and audio-visual experiences on the border between club culture and sound art.
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Neunundneunzig is a kinetic sonic sculpture consisting of 99 balloons. This performance by artists Martin Bricelj Baraga and Olaf Bender is simultaneously immersive and intimate. The inflated balloons surround the visitor and make for an intensive physical, acoustic, and visual experience. The idea was inspired by “99 Luftballons,” an anti-nuclear protest song from the band Nena’s 1983 debut, self-titled album. During a Rolling Stones concert in West Berlin in June of 1982, Nena guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that many balloons hat been set free into the air. He observed how they floated on the horizon and seemed to change form. They began to resemble a strange spaceship (described in the German text as a “UFO”). What, he wondered, might happen if they were to float over the wall into east Berlin?
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Supported by SHAPE - Sound Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe platform, which is made possible by funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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