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The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Wednesday 26th April
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Jan-Bas Bollen (bass function and sound design)
Alison Isadora (midi-violin/electronics)

Extreme weather, colony collapse disorder in bees, melting polar ice, rising sea-levels – all examples of trends that can be directly related to human actions. However, other events such as the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch and the 2016 7.8 earthquake that changed the shape of the east coast of the South Island expose a more complex relationship between humans and the planet.

Our relationship with the earth is dynamic. Our actions influence our environment, which in turn responds, not always in ways we can foresee. Often there is a specific tipping point, after which there is no return. The preceding state is critical.

CRITICAL STATE embraces the oppositional forces that human beings contain within them – the desire for control on the one hand and the need to be able to respond with flexibility, on the other. How do we balance our needs and desires with the needs and desires of the other?

Inspired by sounds from natural disasters and the dynamic properties of these phenomena, SYNC explores a sonic environment that oscillates between slowly evolving textures and moments of unpredictable audio disruption. The musicians respond to and have influence on their audio surroundings through a combination of improvised and composed material.

SYNC is the composer/performer duo Jan-Bas Bollen (NL) and Alison Isadora(NZ/NL). Over the last 19 years they have created a number of compelling works within an interactive electronic environment: Trace (2008), concerned with the dynamics of trauma on a political and personal level; Born and Bred (2001) dealing with issues of citizenship and belonging; The Deep South (2002) inspired by NZ geography and
The Big Shop (1998), a critical approach to consumerism. See: https://jbali.home.xs4all.nl/SYNC_HOME.html

Alison Isadora is a composer, performer and educator born and bred in Aotearoa/New Zealand and practising in the Netherlands since 1986. She studied political philosophy and music at the Victoria University of Wellington, violin and composition at the Hague Conservatorium and post-graduate performance theater at DasArts in Amsterdam. In the last years she has become increasingly interested in the possibilities of connecting music to other disciplines. Isadora’s works often incorporate elements of story-telling and participation while addressing social issues. She is the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Wellington for 2016/17.

Jan-Bas Bollen studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory The Hague. He is internationally active as a composer, sound designer, bass player and educator, and creates both chamber music as well as music for ensembles, theatre productions and installation art. In many of his works he uses electronics, often employing cutting-edge technologies. Hij regularly collaborates with dansers and choreographers. His recent compositions include works for RedEar Rotterdam, Trio 7090, David Kweksilber Big Band, pianist Gerard Bouwhuis, Percussion The Hague, Club Guy & Roni, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and several radiophonic productions.


The Antarctic Convergence

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: Friday 7, 14, 21 April, 11am-4pm
Saturday 8, 15, 22 April, 1-4pm
Opening: 6th April, 5:30pm
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The Antarctic Convergence

The Antarctic Convergence is a group exhibition of sound works recorded in Antarctica, curated by noted Melbourne artist Philip Samartzis. Samartzis has visited the Australian Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands twice, and is well-known for his work with multi-channel field recordings.

The show features a range of compositions by half a dozen international artists responding to the unique physical, spatial and natural attributes of the Antarctic continent and its surrounding ocean. While Antarctica can be deafening in its silence, it is also a place of unusual sonic encounters generated by variable weather, diverse wildlife, and the sound of human enterprise.

The Antarctic Convergence demonstrates the diversity of experience one can have across the continent through artworks generated by first hand encounters with the frozen continent. In addition works have been composed through the translation of scientific data measuring atmospheric or oceanic conditions and variations. The Antarctic Convergence seeks to advance our understanding of the South Pole, and to explore how sound art can be used in the interrogation of one of the most isolated, hazardous, and environmentally diverse continents on earth.

Featured artists include: Phil Dadson (NZ), Werner Dafeldecker (Ger), Lawrence English (Aus), Robin Fox (Aus), Doug Quin (USA), Philip Samartzis (Aus), and Chris Watson (UK).

Misha’s field recordings from Mexico

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Wednesday 5th April
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Misha Marks presents his field recordings from Mexico.

Wonderful brass bands in the villages of Villa Hidalgo Yalálag, San Bartolomé Zoogocho and Santa María Tavehua in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca and some other things…

7pm SHARP.