all change

26/11/2012

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Two buckets hang from chains, water drips at a varying rate into buckets, they sound and in turn the room sounds, activating the acoustic belonging to the space. The acoustic response is varied, more or less pronounced depending on the location of the listener.

3 Days Without Water took place in late August (22nd to 25th) featuring artists who form part of Manchester’s Life Friendly Collective.

Audio excerpt (best heard on headphones):

another time at the same place at the same time in another place is an ‘invisible’ performance installaton which took place in the Polveriera Francese at Schiume Festival. The Polveriera Francese is a building located inside Forte Marghera, which has a history stretching back to the early 1800s where it was built by French forces who occupied the area. The work explores the Polveriera Francese as a space of conflict – its military history – and a sensory conflict between what is seen and what is heard.

another time at the same place at the same time in another place is delivered through headphones to one listener at a time, seated in the centre of the space exactly where the performance was recorded. The ambience, the acoustic and the recorded performance within the Polveriera Francese were captured with binaural microphones, sound was spatialised creating a sound image of the surrounding space and the actions recorded in it, resulting in a disconcerting simulacrum between the real and the recorded, the character of the recorded space sounding identical to the ‘real’ sound of the space, a feeling that one is not wearing headphones at all.

The audio work features sounds made inside and outside the space, facets of the space such as doors and windows were opened and closed to tell a story in sound, a narrative through movement. Objects used in the sound recording were left in the locations of their sounding throughout the space, scenes in which only visual traces are left, their roles becoming clear as they are activated through listening to the audio, used by the invisible characters in the unfolding narrative. Only through listening for the duration of the audio and noting its relationship to what is visually present in the space does the narrative unfold.

another time at the same place at the same time in another place was exhibited by louie+jesse at Schiume Festival 2012, Forte Marghera, Mestre, Italy, 30th June 2012.

louie+jesse – jesse+louie – jesse+loui – jesse+lui – jesse+him

the nsb camp, 1945-1950 - just one of the many histories in cc polder.

There is a kind of science fiction in standing on reclaimed land, this feeling is further pronounced when standing in Carel Coenraadpolder. The face of the landscape surrounding Ambonezenbosje speaks very little of its strange history, you could be forgiven for thinking it were unblemished.

Stories from the past (some well known, some less known) confront the present which introducing a difficult ontological issue concerning abstract and concrete reality – suspend your disbelief and reconcile the abstract past which can no longer to be seen in the concrete present. So when I am walking around Ambonezenbosje and the location near the dyke I am mostly in awe or sighing.

a still from the poldermen sequence of the film

louie+jesse returned to the Ambonezenbosje, CC Polder, Oldambt, living in the P.A.I.R. containers for one month in July 2011 to resume the investigation they began in November/December 2010. This time around louie+jesse worked extensively in collaboration with the Moluccan community in Foxhol and Hoogezand-Sappemeer – with those who were the former inhabitants of the Ambonezenkamp in CC Polder – and with the residents of Hongerige Wolf and other surrounding villages to create a film, a creative response to the history of the Ambonezenbosje and the surrounding location.

a still from the film about the ambonezenkamp

A rough cut of the film was produced and shown on the day of the final presentation on the 30th July 2011 in a cinema in the Ambonezenbosje itself. During the 30th and 31st of July, the Moluccan Community in Foxhol and Hoogezand-Sappemeer presented a series of old photographs documenting the Ambonzenkamp and the surrounding location, the photographs were placed in the Ambonzenbosje, in places where they could have been originally taken. To see the interaction between different people and communities who have a connection to the Ambonezenbosje come together for the final presentation was truly moving. The warmth of the people we worked with will stay with us for a very long time.

louie+jesse will present the final cut of the film in the near future – more information/documentation to come.

More Re-P.A.I.R information
Project Flyer

Alina Pienkowska was a nurse at the clinic (situated just inside the main shipyard gates) during the strikes in Gdansk Shipyard, 1980. The story goes that early in the strike, the phones were cut to the outside except those that belonged to the clinic where Alina worked. She phoned Jacek Kuroń in Warsaw who was one of the founding members of the Worker’s Defence Commitee and the word was out, movements could be made.

Against a teleological consensus, this installation explores the recent history of Poland through that point in time when Alina picked up the phone, and the idea of the enormous history caving in through the walls – the violent, understated and (in our experience) sometimes disregarded dissidence of the 1970s and beyond; the formation of Solidarność, martial law and the future plans for the shipyard, the young city, the power of gentrification.

A looped soundtrack was played through 4 speakers during the exhibition. The soundtrack elucidates details of the 1970s in Poland and explores the humming expression of the interior of a nearby hotel (which was once a hospital which Alina worked in and is now one of the newer buildings in the shipyard landscape). Listen.

This site specific installation was created in May 2011 by louie+jesse inside the kiosk outside Wyspa after being invited by Post-Industrial Revolution to take part in a month long residency, it was exhibited from the 4th – 12th June 2011.

piano

25/06/2011

This short composition for piano was written in 2009 during my fourth and final year of music study. Here it is performed on a summer evening in Berlin by Taina Niemela. Special thanks to Florian Tippe for recording.

people at the service of things was a free improvisation trio. Using people and things, over a period of two years we played and performed at different venues in Cardiff. The following recordings are edited from sessions that took place during the summer and autumn 2007. At least one track on the album is performed in front of an audience, and at least one includes a contribution from the dancer, Tanja Raman. ‘Things’ include: piano, record player, contact mics, surfaces, filterbank, spring reverb, live sampler, and a mixer to feed those things into each other.

people at the service of things was Ody, Taina and Louie.

You can download and listen to the collection of recordings in FLAC format (235 megabytes!!) by clicking here