Monthly Archives: July 2012
The perculiar and engrossing, soothingly gutural, Throat Music mastered supremely by Namtchylak will leave you captivated. Her orchestra of the heart emanates from traditional music of the widely unknown, Russian-occupied, self-governed country that is Tuva. Having developed the song of the ancient Urghers in tandem with localised Siberian nomadic and Turkic tradition, her vocal merits brought her to Moscow; and then to widespread Western recognition. Namtchylak has, in the last decade, resided in Vienna and continues to mesmerise audiences in Eurasia and beyond; headlining Hungary’s OZORA festival in August. This “woman from the Steppes” has received critical acclaim for her (often collaborative) efforts on 30 released albums to date. The contemporary Stepmother City might be interpreted as an intellectual Bjork construct: but without the mise en scène.
from: Stepmother City
This month, I visited Singapore to sample the arts scene in this megacity; which is perhaps the face of contemporary South East Asia. Whilst checking out some local galleries around Armenian Street (The Substation was great), I also viewed the gallery at SOTA and the Panorama show at SAM. Thus, I‘ve compiled a video of the works at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) as they‘ve curated a fascinating show over 3 levels, offering the best of Asia‘s contemporary art. This massive showcase runs until December 25th, 2012 -so you‘ve plenty of time to drop in if you‘re travelling through this unique (and often puzzling) city.
44 Lines uses video to extensively analyse the architecture of a high density housing Apartment Block. The environment, rather than being mapped chronologically is re-traced by the camera through tracking/dolly shots that shape to the physical space. The lines drawn by the camera contradict and parallel each other, generating formal interactions between different zones of the site. Adopting aspects of cinematic language, such devices are used to re-direct the viewer’s spatial and temporal image of the environment in new ways. [from:kingsartistrun.com.au]
44 Lines | Matthew Berka
Sound by Byron Dean
King‘s ARI 171 King Street, Melbourne
6 – 22 July