Artists: Zorka Wollny
The Swiss Church, London, UK
18-19 Dec 19
Constructing Site with Sound: Zorka Wollny
A performance resulting from a two day long workshops with artist and composer Zorka Wollny, dedicated to architecture and voice.
The workshops was based on creating the relations between points in the space, making drawings creating lines and plains, measuring distances, building the walls by sound. The questions that the artist poses and was aliased with the group include: What is the audio dimension of the space? How to measure it with the voice? How to sing the line? How to sing the series of points? The flat surface? How precise can we be in directing the sound?
Zorka Wollny creates acoustic compositions for institutions, factories and empty buildings. Her works inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music, and are always closely connected to the historic and functional context of specific architectural sites. Wollny’s collaborative production style often involves public rehearsals and workshops in which she creates structures of cooperation with individuals as well as groups and communities, such as composers, students, actors and activists. In one of her most recent works, “Unmögliche Oper” (2017), she involved several choirs and citizens of the German town Oldenburg in an exploration of the voice as a tool of expression and public debate. “Order” (2015) was composed for the Teutonic Castle in Swiecie, Poland, a 15-person volunteer choir, three percussionists and electronics. In "Ophelias. Iconography of Madness" (2012), presented at the Museum of Art in Łódź, Wollny staged a performance of eleven actresses, representing the figure of Ophelia as depicted in several historical theater productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In "Oratorio for Orchestra and Warsaw Citizens Choir" (2011), developed for the Warsaw Autumn international festival of contemporary music, Wollny devised a concentrated, polyphonic manifestation in the city centre of Warsaw, that was produced in collaboration with NGO’s and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and is based on the political manifestos and agendas of the participating activists. At the 2018 CTM Opening Concert, Wollny will create a new work especially for the occasion using her 2016 installation “Vox Populi” as a starting point. The piece will feature a tesla coil and two live vocalists. www.zorkawollny.net
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 by the National Lottery Project Grant of the Arts Council of England.
Photograph Credits: Natalia Janula