metamatic.taf


Go West

A new piece of work developed in, and inspired by, the city of Athens.

I play dominoes with people and treat the output of the game as a symbolic map of where they belong(ed). I also make pseudo-sociological observations based on similarities between the games. More details to follow. Photos from the exhibition opening below.

The show is open at metamatic.taf in Athens, between 7-24 February 2017.

 

Multimadeira


Yes! But no...

A final presentation of work done during one month Artist Residency on the island of Madeira. Event consisted of twenty minutes blindfolded walk, and twenty minutes sound performance. A set of stereo speakers played sounds of Scottish independence referendum, creating a political background, while an additional mobile loudspeaker was carried around providing personal narratives. The performance was an attempt at linking love with politics.

Photo by Jelena Mijić

We've made it to the listenings page in The Wire.

 

Belgrade

 

Belgrade, Bike Kitchen at Urban Incubator

After a night spent dancing on a boat and a morning visit to an orthodox church, an idea for a sound intervention began to crystallise. The event lasted twenty minutes and was my first venture outside the medium of film. Below you can find a short video documentation of it. 
Photo by Nicholas Schärer.
 

Sound Development City

A great description of my practice written during three-week artist expedition

 

You Hear … You Listen …

Expedition Observation by Uwe Lützen

 

Imagine you sit, say, on a park bench. You look down because some pigeons are gathering curiously around your feet. You see how they come closer, like they expect you to drop some food as so many obviously did sitting on that bench before you. The pigeons’ soft, cooing sounds create a smooth atmosphere. Now imagine there suddenly is a voice behind you. Some determined male voice. It doesn’t matter what he says. It might even be some language you don’t understand. Still, its presence makes you want to turn your head. — Only, you can’t. Your gaze stays with the pigeons around your feet. It’s as if it were a fixed camera angle. Imagine it is. You start focussing on that voice, its tonality, its mood … What would the character behind that voice be like? What would he look like? And as you focus, the pigeons around your feet fade from your attention. Like when dusk slowly turns the world around you to black. Along with the male voice, there is also a female voice. They chat. They seem to be acquainted. Friendly. Intimate even. Other sounds join in. A waiter collects his change … A scooter passes by … A baby is whining … The wind in the trees … As if every sound that enters shares the same stage. And they might pass quickly or linger a bit. However, they always carry some story, event or secret in them. The mind completes what is happening. Still, it’s not fiction, nor is it documenting the sounds alone. … You hear — you listen … the story continues outside your field of vision. It grows bigger than your gaze. Even outside the space you are sitting in. Once you find the right spot and you have the patience, the world will tell you a story. Marcin spends his time recording the sounds that happen around us every day. He waits for something to happen … he records every day sounds. Once woven together, these acoustic impressions will make experiences that suggest some kind of story. His sounds(capes) of Belgrade and Athens will serve as a backdrop for his future projects — that will also include films.

 

The piece comes from a book published in Zurich in 2016. Full chapter is available here:

http://sound-development-city.com/assets/Document/30/SDC_2015_Publication-Digital_Knyziak_Marcin.pdf

 

And here's an audio interview, in which I discuss my sound art with Sound Development City team.

https://soundcloud.com/sound-development-city/sdc2015-marcin-knyziak-gap-station-podcast-01

Athens – Waiting for something to happen…

My final presentation for a Sound Development City project in Athens. The audience was blindfolded and guided through the city to Fabrica Theatre, where the presentation was to take place.

The form developed naturally. A set of stereo speakers was playing recordings from Balkans, which gradually faded from one to another, creating an immersive sound environment. An additional mobile loudspeaker provided a narrative element. This could be carried anywhere from the back of the stage, to right next to the listeners’ ears. The changing distance created a physical third-dimension. The content gave participants threads for potential stories.


Back at Synergy-o Art Complex, a hundred ping-pong balls were dropped down the stairwell in an ephemeral gesture concluding the three weeks spent together.
Photos by Dimitris Polymenopoulos.

Berlinale Talents

I have been invited to attend Berlinale Talents campus, as one of few sound designers and composers from around the world. This was only a second edition of the program. Apart from masterclasses with top sound designers and dialogue editors, we enjoyed a Dolby Atmos workshop and a spatial sound presentation (coming to the cinemas near you in the next ten years ;) Below photo from one of the events.