Bios Night 2
FMR Concert Night
9.6. @STWST Stadtwerkstatt,
Kirchengasse 4, 4040 Linz
Part of the FMR23 program, the FMR Concert Night is curated by Isabella Auer and Davide Bevilacqua from the artist collective qujOchÖ in collaboration with the STWST. Moving across from lines of virtuality to the ones traced by heavy bases, we will explore body presences and interactions, digital materialities and electronic networks, to finishing with high-speed bangers and rave synths.
Francesco Luzzana & Sofia Casprini (IT) Object Oriented Choreography
Mermaid & Seafruit (PL/AT)
Antonia XM (AT)
The evening opens with Object Oriented Choreography (OOC) (2022) is a networked performance featuring a dancer wearing a virtual reality headset and the audience itself.
At the beginning of the event, members of the public are invited to log on to o-o-c.org, where they can directly transform the virtual environment in which the performer finds herself. The spectators are an integral part of the performance and contribute to the unfolding of the choreography.
The work presents technology as a moment of mutual listening: one who participates is no longer merely a user but someone who definitely inhabits and creates the technological environment in which the performance happens. The performer not only is connected to each of the spectators but also acts as a channel that links them together. Thus, the show reenacts and explores one of the paradigms of the contemporary world: the Zone.
Sturmherta will present its project VRA, based on the assumptions that in the digital realm eventually everything is a set of numbers. It depends on how these numbers are mapped and distributed across space and time, how they are processed and made perceptible for us. VRA is an audiovisual performance, in which sound is created exclusiveley from images. The artist uses code to produce images, which are converted in realtime into a stream of audio-data, creating a synchronized audio-visual experience. A projection, shows the current visual information, which is also the source of the audio.
Antenes’s productions and live performances draw influence from the curious and ephemeral sound world of the analog networking systems she uses as her instruments, and the atmospheric and mechanical aberrations inherent in their material. Antenes will presenting recent developments of her ongoing research of materials and exploring further the “Near Shapes” project – originally created for mindful home listening with Quentin Notte’s Soundworks – for a dynamic live setting. Near implies close, but not quite: 1:It is stones falling / 2:It sounds like stones falling / 3: It sounds as if it’s behaving like falling stones (Denis Smalley explaining sound-shapes)
Mermaid & Seafruit will then take over the evening, bringing us into the sonic territories of a rave opera. “Mermaid & Seafruit are a live-act beyond and inbetween the binaries of genre, like a very concerning threeway of glam-metal, hyperpop and hardcore gave birth to dark and electronic twins. The Vienna-based duo layers high-pitched live-vocals over five-octave-arpeggios and 180-BPM-gabber-kicks, only to merge into a two-minute interlude, a transcendental ballad and back to a break-infused halftime stomper. It’s a rave opera of grand feelings and high-speed ecstasy and although this has been an adjective-driven insanity of a description we fucking promise you these two alone are worth coming to this evening. Just listen to a single track and you’ll know we’re right. (Disorder – Fast and Nice, March 2022)”
Antonia’s productions and DJ sets range from Hard Dance to nostalgic Ambient or Pop, all the way to various hybrid forms of experimental club music, Dembow, Rap and more – always building on heavy emotions somewhere in between intimacy and excess.
Antonia has released her debut EP „DEMONS“ on Ashida Park and has previously released tracks and remixes on various labels such as Soulfeeder, Hard Trade, Paynomindtous or Cime.
Francesco Luzzana (IT)
Francesco Luzzana (he/him) is a digital media artist from Bergamo, Italy. He develops custom pieces of software that address digital complexity, often with a visual and performative output. He likes to work on collaborative projects as a way of facing contemporary issues from multiple perspectives. His research aims to emphasize the borders of the digital landscape, inhabiting its contradictions and possibilities. He has a degree in new technologies from the Brera art academy and is currently a master’s student in experimental publishing at the Piet Zwart Institute.
Sofia Casprini (IT)
Sofia Casprini_Dancer and choreographer_Born in Florence, she graduated in 2016 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance , London , and in 2018 she obtained her Master in Performing Arts at LCDS. In 2016 she joined Edge Dance Company, and went on tour in the UK and Europe. She worked with choreographers such as Shobana Jeyasingh, Tony Adigun and Patrisha Okenwa. Since 2017 she works in Milan for Sanpapié both as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. In 2018 she joined Ariella Vidach AiEP. She then worked with international choreographers such as Jonathan Burrows (UK) and Martin Talaga (CZ) and David Brandstatter (DE).
Sturmherta is the austrian artist Daniel Haas. Born 1992, he lives and works in Linz / Austria, where he studies timebased and interactive media arts at university of arts Linz. His main project „Sturmherta“ emerged from the modular-synth community in 2017 as a synthesizer-performance-project. As he found interest in other related areas, like programming and visualisation, his works gained more variatey. They now reach from pure sound performances over audio-visual compositions to immersive installations using big projections or physical objects. The passion of tweaking and pushing machines to their weirdest corners, beyond their usual functions, discovering unknown fields of sonic pleasure, is the origin of Sturmhertas motivation.
Musician, instrument builder, and DJ, Antenes resides in New York with her collection of self-made sequencers and synthesizers using repurposed vintage telecommunications equipment. The artist draws musical influence from the curious and ephemeral sound-world of outdated telephone and telegraph networking systems, finding atmospheric and mechanical aberrations inherent in the materials and various forms of synthesis. Her productions integrate sounds reminiscent of pulsing analog relay switching systems, errant radio transmissions, cross-continental echo, signature drones and message interferences between wires. Her live performances weave between organically unfolding rhythms, ambiguously shifting textural elements and droning resonances.
Mermaid & Seafruit (PL/AT)
MERMAID & SEAFRUIT is the collaborative project of Magdalena Chowaniec and Markus Steinkellner. Together they take us on a ferocious trip through various musical styles. The straight forward vocals reflect on our society, body and gender politics and the emotional abyss of the contemporary subject. The tracks of the Polish-Austrian duo inhale the deep, corporeal bass of Grime, the snottiness of Hip Hop, the frenzy of Hardstyle, the confrontational dynamics of Noise as well as the patient elegance of R’n’B and theatrical spoken word passages. The result is a hybrid, an intriguing and dystopian amalgam of contemporary club genres, shimmering in different emotional shades. Magdalena, who is mostly known for her work as a performance artist and Markus, who is active in the Viennese music scene since over a decade now, just seem to be the perfect match. As Mermaid & Seafruit they practice sensual activism, both edgy and kinky. (Shilla Strelka for PW-Magazine, 2018)
Antonia XM (AT)
Antonia Matschnig aka Antonia XM is a DJ, producer and one of the two founders of the Ashida Park label. In her DJ sets, she mixes rave synths and danceable experimental electronics with millenial coming-of-age songs and frenetic kick drum bullets. Her label work also stands for artistic flexibility and openness to versatile club cultural influences – in line with the Hybrid Club Community. In the spirit of this, Matschnig, together with Markus Blahus, has been releasing productions by international acts exclusively digitally since 2016. While her remixes move in harder dance spheres, Antonia XM now also deals with abstract forms of composition and electroacoustics. Likewise, she writes and produces melancholic pop-electronica tracks like Flawed and Outnumbered, which focus on songwriting and vocals.
Antonia Matschnig alias Antonia XM ist DJ, Producerin und eine der beiden Gründer*innen des Labels Ashida Park. In ihren DJ-Sets mixt sie Rave-Synths und tanzbare Experimentalelektronik mit Millenial-Coming-Of-Age-Songs und frenetischen Kick-Drum-Geschossen. Auch ihre Labelarbeit steht für künstlerische Beweglichkeit und Offenheit gegenüber vielseitigen clubkulturellen Einflüssen – entsprechend der Hybrid Club Community. Im Sinne dieser veröffentlicht Matschnig gemeinsam mit Markus Blahus seit 2016 vorwiegend Produktionen internationaler Acts und das ausschließlich digital. Während ihre Remixes sich und ihr Publikum in härteren Dance-Sphären bewegen, befasst sich Antonia XM nun auch mit abstrakten Kompositionsformen und Elektroakustik. Ebenso schreibt und produziert sie melancholische Pop-Electronica-Titel wie Flawed und Outnumbered, die auf Songwriting und Gesang fokussieren.