Artists: Wojtek Blecharz and Vocal Constructivists, Ben McDonnell, Konrad Smoleński, Zorka Wollny
Curated by Kasia Sobucka
Swiss Church, London, UK
12th-19th December 2019
Arts Territory is delighted to announce the seventh iteration of JEMP, a nine-day festival of Polish contemporary, electronic and experimental music, which takes place this year at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden, London, commencing 12 December 2019.
Under the title ‘Mechanical’, the five participating artists will respond through musical composition to the utopian aspirations embodied in Polish Constructivist art, examining its emphasis on geometrical form and modern technology allied with ideal harmonies and a vision to create socially orientated abstract art.
The festival presents specially commissioned works by the Polish artists Zorka Wollny, Wojtek Blecharz, Konrad Smoleński, and one by the London-based sound artist Ben McDonnell and the British choral group, Vocal Constructivists. As a composer, Blecharz premiering this new composition is of particular importance; additionally, it is the first time this music has been performed in London.
Curated by Kasia Sobucka, the programme explores theories of Unism, Composing Space, Calculating Space-Time Rhythms and Functionalism, a sonic discourse that includes performances that transform architectural plans and sculptures into musical compositions through voice and electronics; participatory concerts looking at rhythm in sculpture and architecture, as well as site-specific installations and performances.
As with earlier festivals, the performances will be accompanied by an extensive programme of workshops, open rehearsals, talks, and lectures, all of which have been devised in partnership with The Courtauld Institute. The event brings together some of Poland’s most exciting visual/sound artists and composers and connects them with local researchers, academics, architects and a choir.
For more info on the programme and to buy tickets please visit: jempfestival.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.
In partnership with Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
Supported using public funding from the Arts Council England