Marcin Knyziak

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival

Go West

I played dominoes with people and treated the output of the games as a symbolic maps of their migration.

Each game/map carried information about the place and year of the player's birth, as well as everywhere they have lived. 

 With forty-two games played, interesting patterns emerged between the games. We speculated on their meaning in the spirit of faked anthropology

Athens, metamatic.taf


Go West. The show was hosted between 7-24 February 2017, at metamatic.taf in Athens.

A '3D' video installation was running in one of the rooms and could be watched by peeping through a window. It showed in a light-hearted way how people change when they pass the 'teleporting' border.

Multimadeira

Yes! But no...

The work was carried out during a one month Artist Residency on the island of Madeira. The audience was blindfolded for the final performance. A set of stereo speakers played sounds of the Scottish independence referendum, creating a political background, while an additional mobile loudspeaker was carried around playing personal love stories. The event was an attempt at linking love with politics

Photo by Jelena Mijić

The residency was mentioned in The Wire.

Belgrade

 

Belgrade, Urban Incubator           

In the autumn of 2015 I took a part in Sound Development Project, organised by Heller Enterprises team from Zurich.

My first piece during that project was a sound intervention. I have recreated an atmosphere of an Orthodox Church in a bike workshop in order to send prayers to the recovering bicycles.
Photo by Nicholas Schärer.

Divine Liturgy for Broken Bicycles (excerpt)

Sound Development City

A description of my practice written during the 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.

This is an excerpt from a book published in Zurich in 2016. The full chapter is available here:

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

Athens – Waiting for something to happen…

My final presentation for Sound Development City 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.


Later 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.

Waiting for something to happen...

Athens, sound intervention

 

Berlinale Talents

I was invited to attend the Berlinale Talents campus, as one of few sound designers and composers from around the world. Apart from masterclasses with top sound designers and dialogue editors, we enjoyed a Dolby Atmos workshop and a spatial sound presentation (that may reach the cinemas in the distant future). Below photo from one of the events.