Artists: Konrad Smolenski & Yannis Kyriakides
We are currently working on a collaborative project between the sound artist, Konrad Smoleński, and the composer Yannis Kyriakides. This project has just received funding from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Their work is a fusion of live music performance, audio installation, movement/choreography and abstract theatre. This project is unique in its collaboration between the works of two contrasting artists. Smoleński’s work focuses on time, the relationship between visual and audio, experimentation and the creation of "the sound environment". Alternatively, Kyriakydes explores musical composition, focusing in particular on the structure of the piece, including elements of improvisation. These differing, yet complementary interests underline the fundamental features of this new work.
Musically, new work emerges from a visual and audio collision between a sound path generated by Smoleński’s electronic installations and Kyriakydes’ short musical pieces composed specifically for a small choir, as well as self-made or deconstructed instruments. The artists’ premise is to work on a syncretic project by exploring and combining the following elements: sound installation / site-specific composition musical structure when presented outside of its usual context, choreography, spatial changes when experimenting with the sources of sound and acoustics, and time as a legitimate component of a composition.
The elements mentioned above are present in varying degrees in the practices of both artists, however they will be fully exposed in a combined work which emerges out of differing artistic practices.
The new work will take an open form so that the individual components in the musical layers can occur in a variety of configurations and can last any amount of time. The pieces composed and performed during the concert will later become part of Smoleński’s audio installations.
Since the project is in its initial phase, it is impossible to predict the specific outcomes from this audio collaboration. The above assumptions are based on many years of practice, which has enabled a thorough exploration of all the audio and visual components listed here. Smoleński and Kyriakides’ combined experience ensures a detailed theoretical framework that will firmly support the composition of this new, innovative work.
So far, Konrad Smoleński and Yannis Kyriakides have met on stage just once, when Kyriakides was invited to interact with Smoleński’s audio installation in October 2014. This initial collaboration took place at The Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw during Smoleński’s exhibition, 'Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More - Time Test'. After this performance, the urge to collaborate again became very strong and the artists have been working together to bring this project to fruition ever since.
Supported by The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage