Bergen course: Place and Displacement

December 7th, 2014

Place and Displacement: Site-Specific responses through sound

Workshop for the Nordic Sound Art programme by John Grzinich
KHIB, Bergen Norway, December 8-12 2014

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In this workshop we will work on not only raising our awareness of the connections between sound and space, but also how we can creatively use sound to redefine our connection to space and actively shape our listening experience through creative collaboration. This process involves a continuous series of observations, structured exercises, improvisations, performative interventions and discussions, to work with sound in a way that reveals the inherent interconnected relationship between a given context and the activities that take place. We can use this as a frame to score out audible relations between ourselves and the spaces we use with our own responses and use of materials. We will use our experiences to try and develop a group site-specific performance that combines elements of time, action, movement, observation and electro-acoustic intervention.

John Grzinich has worked since the early 1990s as an artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures. His interest and work with sound combines such divergent methods as field recording, kinetic sculpture, electro-acoustic composition, performance, spatial perception and acoustics, filmmaking, group workshops and exercises in listening. He has performed in North America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published on international labels such as: SIRR, Staalplaat, Erewhon, Intransitive, Cut, Mystery Sea, Invisible Birds and others. 2012 saw the DVD release of “Two Films” on and/OAR. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center.