IFFR and Gonzo (circus) magazine have once again joined together in their mutual dedication to innovative, experimental and adventurous audio-visual culture. This has resulted in the second edition of Mind The Gap Nights.
A four-day, late-night programme at WORM from 23 - 26 January 2014 which will combine images and sound from various disciplines and genres in a wide variety of ways. Featuring, among others, John Hegre (Jazkamer), COH + Tina Frank, The Durian Brothers, Stephan Mathieu, Vladislav Delay show featuring visuals from AGF and Circle.
Many performances will have their world or Dutch premiere during the festival and the post-show parties will be enlivened by Gonzo (circus) and guest DJs.
Tickets and passe-partouts to the Mind The Gap Nights are available below. Please note that it is not possible to purchase tickets on your smartphone. Also, the webshop is partly in Dutch. Payment is possible by iDeal, Mastercard, VISA and American Express.
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||Thu 23 till Sun 26 January 2014
||22:00 - 03:00 hrs
||per evening €11, with discount €8
Mind The Gap Nights programme 2014:
Thursday 23 January 2014: Norwegian Moods
A broad impression of the Norwegian scene: from Stavanger captured by a magic lantern to audio-visual feedback loops.
- Keith Rowe & Kjell Bjørgeengen (Dutch premiere)
Groundbreaking British improv guitarist Keith Rowe and Norwegian Flickr video pioneer Kjell Bjørgeengen use a feedback system which links Bjørgeengen’s oscillator-generated video signal to Rowe’s sound system. Rowe’s sound signal is subsequently fed back to Bjørgeengen’s video, creating a feedback loop. Minor modifications by either of them immediately change the experience as a whole.
- Greg Popes and John Hegres 'Transparent Stavanger' (world premiere)
Greg Pope returns to Rotterdam for the first time since ‘Cipher Screen’ (2010), this time with sound artist John Hegre (Jazkamer, Noxagt) and ‘Transparent Stavanger’ which is based on 160 slides of the eponymous city. Using two slide projectors to superimpose images on one another, the double shutter system allows the latter to be projected at varying speeds. As a whole it is reminiscent of early, proto-cinematic experiments using magic lanterns.
- Mugetuft (world premiere)
This Norwegian audio-visual collective experiments with the relationship between images and sound. Mugetuft’s audio and video are entirely independent, but are also simultaneously closely linked. Both the music and visuals are created live, largely through improvisation: rhythms, noise and silence meet in the tight, cohesive integration of both media. For Mind The Gap Nights, Mugetuft will be creating a site-specific performance. It will also be their first time performing in the Netherlands.
With support from PNEK and Atelier Nord.
Friday 24 January 2014: Vertically Integrated: daring sound & images from all over Europe.
Adventurous, boundless audio-visual collaborations: artists combine sound and images in their own universe.
- Kaboom Karavan (Dutch premiere)
A concert by Kaboom Karavan – Bram Bosteels' project whose lauded third album 'Hokus Fokus'was released on Berlin label Miasmah – is a graceful sight featuring a wrestling match between a mass of 'equipment': bricks, an acoustic guitar, a string back from a piano, etc. Bosteels uses a logic entirely his own to do so. As is the case in his new performance with Flemish artist Liesbeth Marit.
- COH + Tina Frank 'Colterrain' (Dutch premiere)
Colterrain – with music by Russian musician COH (Ivan Pavlov) – is colourfield cinema with vertical lines of pure colour. Tina Frank's visuals (generated live) are a perfect match for COH's microscopically perfect clicks, digital glitches and Giorgo Moroder arpeggios. Described by Boomkat as Mark Fell putting early Human League through the grinder using as yet uninvented technology.
- The Durian Brothers (Dutch premiere)
Polyrhythms with elastic! Armed with turntables and no records, but elastic, spirals and erasers, The Durian Brothers create an irresistible hypnotic, exotic groove. Their performance at Mind The Gap Nights 14 will be their first in the Netherlands.
In collaboration with Sonic Acts and support from the Goethe-Institut and the Dienst Kunst en Cultuur Rotterdam.
Saturday 25 January 2014: Re-assembled pieces: tones & textures
An enervating sequence of whispered textures by Stephan Mathieu, Derek Holzer’s noisy tone wheels and Ripattii’s stacked samples (Vladislav Delay + AGF).
- Stephan Mathieu (Dutch premiere)
Unique German electro-acoustic musician who turns historic sources into enthralling compositions using processing and reinterpretation. For MTGN14 – his first solo show after having spent almost all of 2013 working with Fennesz and David Sylvian and his Dutch premiere – he will play a piece for Phonoharp, short-wave radio and live processing.
- Derek Holzer
No boring laptop performances for Derek Holzer. The American sound artist and instrument builder swapped his MacBook for analog instruments which he, naturally, builds himself. His favourite? TONEWHEELS, an installation which reveals music’s creation process and converts light and images into sound. Old school as well as innovative.
- Vladislav Delay show featuring visuals from AGF (Dutch premiere)
Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti, e.g. famous as Vladislav Delay and Luomo, is the musical equivalent of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. No genre is safe in his hands. He has recently started his own label, just because he could. His most recent project Ripattii (featuring visuals by AGF) is dance floor oriented and based on tempo changes and a barrage of samples. Danceable madness squared.
With support from the Goethe-Institut & the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Frame Visual Art Finland and AV-arkki.
Sunday 26 January: The Future: failure/no failure
A not so quiet Sunday evening dedicated to the work of flamboyant Finnish futurist, inventor, experimental filmmaker and electronic music pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi.
- Jonathan Reus – iMac Music
Performing on the exposed circuitry of obsolete waste computers, Jonathan Reus provides a brute alternative to computer music. Reus' torrents of glitched visuals, hard digital rhythms, and body-interfacing performances make a modern dystopian counterpart to Kurenniemi's optimistic vision of the human-machine condition.
- Erkki Kurenniemi's films (Dutch premiere)
Alongside predicting our (digital) future, Kurenniemi was also a filmmaker and composer of (often unfinished) soundtracks. In his films 'Electronics in the World of Tomorrow' and 'The Punched Tape of Life' he visualised and created sounds for the abstract beauty of circuit boards and punch cards. Exceptional is the dizzying computer animation 'Spindrift' from 1966. The original was destroyed, but Mika Taanila has reconstructed this early computer animation and soundtrack which will now be screened for the first time outside Finland.
- Mikko Ojanen & Petri Kuljuntausta (Dutch premiere)
In the 1960s, the multi-talented Kurenniemi collated an enormous collection of taped sounds for the University of Helsinki. Finnish musicologist/musician Mikko Ojanen and renowned Finnish composer and sound designer Petri Kuljuntausta used this treasure trove of raw material for a new, brutal, surprising composition. Fasten your seatbelts!
- Circle & Mika Taanila – SSEENNSSEESS (Dutch premiere)
Finnish supergroup Circle and filmmaker/artist Mika Taanila's new 'SSEENNSSEESS' promises to provide a spectacular conclusion to Mind The Gap Nights 2014. It is somewhat akin to an over-the-top rock opera and a theatrical audio-visual performance with dashes of glamrock, improv, metal, French chanson and The Shangri Las as well as Mika Taanila's perfectly timed, 16mm projections a feast for the senses. For fans of Demdike Stare.
With support from the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Frame Visual Art Finland & AV-arkki.