Artist: Konrad Smoleński
The Swiss Church, London, UK
12 Dec 19
The 6CH oscillates around the visual art and sound and proposes a radical approach to this fusion. It’s a 6 channel, site specific, missive audio installation built in a spatially and visually minimalistic way. The primary element of communication in 6CH is the physicality of the sound wave and, consequently, it’s direct contact with the recipient. The resulting haptic sound sculpture focuses on the three-dimensionality of sound as abstract and ephemeral matter. Visually minimal, reduced to a few objects - towers built from loudspeakers, concert sound system and freely scattered audio cables, the installation relies on daylight (most of the time taking place after dusk), thus not providing much of a visual experience. However, this visual character is balanced by the weight and richness of the sound layer.
30 minute long piece will repeat in a loop all day. The viewer in invited to move inside this "sound sculpture" and by this movement he/she experiences a different configuration of sounds - his/her perception of work is constantly changing. The recipient's activity translates into the final shape of the work - the final mix of the emitted song is made using a ‘moving pair of ears’. The spatiality of this and other Konrad realizations is possible to experience only during the exhibition / activity and escapes the possibility of documentation. The 6CH is designed especially for the Swiss Church and commissioned by JEMP festival.
The 6CH is designed especially for the Swiss Church and commissioned for the JEMP: MECHANICAL an experimental music festival inspired by Polish Constructivism, curated by Kasia Sobucka and designed specifically for the Swiss Church.
About Konrad Smoleński
Konrad Smoleński is a multimedia artist working in sound, video, installation and performance. His works works combine punk rock aesthetics with the precision that is characteristic of minimalism. Through the use of sound objects that are plucked directly from popular culture or of his own creation, Smoleński examines the effects of free-flowing en¬ergy. This is evident in works where a sound signal is manipulated live and/or is forced into an interaction with the audience. By exploring the possibilities of electricity, sound waves and PA systems, he manip¬ulates the meanings that are usually attributed to objects connected with rock music and contemporary art culture. Winner of the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award — Views (2011). He represented Poland at the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at the Polish Pavilion (2013). He is leader of the BNNT sound per¬formance project. Co-founder of the PENERSTWO artistic collective. His works are held in the following collection Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Museum of Art, Łódź, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. www.konradsmolenski.com
Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022, as part of the "Cultural Bridges" subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Supported by the National Lottery Project Grant of the Arts Council of England.
In partnership with Muzeum Sztuki, Łodź and Fundacja Ditto.
Photograph Credits: Katarzyna Perlak