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Greek Contemporary Audio Art Panorama in London

sakam.jpgATH-LDN presents a wide panorama of contemporary audio production emerging from Greece across various platforms & venues in London: an aural journey through sound installations, experimental live art performances, independent record label showcases, art-rock performances & actions, audio-visual experiences and radio sessions. An eclectic mix of established and emergent art practitioners who focus on the creative use of both digital and analogue sound, multi-media and other current technologies, while finding inventive ways to perform, communicate and distribute their work. Creative direction & project coordination: Chloe Vaitsou.

One of the events in ATH-LDN is Statistical Harp, an interactive audiovisual installation by Coti & Dimitris Charitos which opens next Monday at E:vent Gallery and will be open from 16 till 29 April. Statistical Harp takes its name from the ancient Aeolic Harp, which was probably the first ever sound installation (6th century B.C.) that was usually located on hilltops and produced sound by the wind vibrating its strings. In the case of the Statistical Harp, the wind as a vibrating source is replaced by a literary text (namely James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake), which is fed into the system in a non-linear manner. The flow of the text is broken into letters and consequently into ascii code, which functions as a kind of ‘Morse code’ trigger for a series of motors plucking wire ropes. These wire ropes play a multiple function in this installation: firstly, as structural elements, secondly as sound producing material and thirdly as visual elements. The structural role of the ropes is to support all input/output devices, including the multi-channel speaker system, which affords the spatialised auditory aspect of the experience. Additionally, the occurrence of the text’s letters is statistically analyzed and the result of this analysis affects the pitch parameter in the processing of sounds, originally produced by the wire ropes and consequently transmitted by the speakers.

Also, the presence and activity of visitors is detected and used as another parameter affecting the manner in which the Statistical Harp transforms the flowing text into audio. This information transformation, whether it occurs in an apparent or transparent manner, is one of the main issues that Coti and D. Charitos have dealt with when producing this work. “Statistical Harp” was first presented at Cheap Art Gallery in Athens and since been presented at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki.

Coti (cello audio) and Nikos Veliotis (cello video) will also play Textu rizer on Radio Sessions, ResonanceFM 104.4fm Between 16-29 April. Listen >>

Coti K works as a record producer, musician and sound engineer in settings including solo record releases, film, theatre, dance, TV & installations. He has collaborated with many artists including Tuxedomoon, Blaine Reininger, Ilios & others.

Dimitris Charitos is a lecturer at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens. His artistic work involves electronic music, audiovisual, non-interactive or interactive, site-specific installations and virtual environments.

Free entrance 12-6pm :: E:vent Gallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 :: Opening 16 April, 7-10pm :: Other artists contributing to ATH-LDN are: K.BHTA, Biomass, The Callas, Electroware, The Erasers, Mary & The Boy, My Wet Calvin, Peekay Tayloh, Spyweirdos, TeamStrut, Textu rizer, and Yuria 06.


Apr 12, 2007
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