Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty

Scissor #1

February 10, 2014
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Scissor is a new event series dedicated to presenting contemporary durational and time-based art across all media. The first one will be on Wednesday, 26. February, in Team Titanic, Flughafenstrasse 50, Berlin-Neukölln. It will feature work from Séamus O’Donnell (aka Li/kNiFeLoOp), Fedora Romita, and Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty.

Scissor #1 flyer

About Séamus O’Donnell (aka Li/kNiFeLoOp), and their work, noise (e.g. hum), noise (e.g. bang), silence:

Since 1999, Séamus O’Donnell has been working as an artist and organiser on different audio art projects. He makes solo or collaborative works (for performance or installations) which can include FM radio experiments with receivers and self built mini-transmitters; reel-to-reel tape machine loop or relay set ups; and a live set which can contain any mix of manipulated field recordings, self made devices, amplified objects and magnetic fields as well as other more traditional instruments and voice.

He is the co-initiator of the Salon Bruit series of experimental music concerts in Berlin, which has regularly organised events since 2002, and over the years has been involved in many different temporary radio projects (such as PiRadio, RebootFM, Radio Tesla, Funkwelle and currently 88vier). Other current collaborations include noisiV, Krauchen and a couple of A/V projects with H3XL3R.

For this event, he will be presenting noise (e.g. hum), noise (e.g. bang), silence, a six-channel installation that contains field recordings (some pure, some manipulated) from Berlin, Buenos Aires, Prague, Spain and Ireland. They are combined to form a new kind of audio journey that is essentially in the listener’s own head, only being helped along by the sounds that are heard.

The work was originally presented in a small darkened room as a part of the Terminal08/Salon Bruit exhibition titled Hałas, Szum, Cisza, in Gorzow, Poland (30.03.–20.04.2012).

About Fedora Romita, and their work, Between Us:

Fedora Romita is an interdisciplinary artist who divides her time between Berlin and Niagara Falls. Her practice includes performance, interactive drawing projects, video, audio, installation and poster making. Her work concentrates on process and can be understood through its construction over time. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Sculpture Installation and also participated in the Future of Idea Art residency at The Banff Centre.

For this event, she will be presenting Between Us. This piece, a poster-based work, was originally part of a project commissioned by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Johan Lundh, for a themed exhibition entitled Between Us, based on the dynamic existing between Vancouver artists and Toronto artists.

“I reflected on the syllables from the email correspondence that took place between my Vancouver collaborator Sarah Mameni and myself. By converting each syllable into a rhythmic beat with the enlisted help of a Scottish snare drum composer, our email correspondence was translated into a traditional Scottish snare drum score. Having never met and after communicating only through email, it occurred to me that I had never heard Mameni’s voice. This work is a resolution of that absence.”

About Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty, and their work, Echoes:

Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty are a Berlin-based artist duo. Since 2011, they have collaborated on minimalist audio and movement artworks. For this event, they will be presenting the first public showing of the video documentation of their work Echoes.

Echoes is an installation for five performers and one guide, inside a courtyard or large enclosed space. Over five sections, the piece presents a series of interactions of movement, sound and audio reflection (specifically: cycling, singing and echoing).

The piece was premiered as part of the events programme of Contemporary Irish: Neither Here Nor There (Grimmuseum, April 2013) in the inner courtyard of Jägerstrasse 51, Berlin-Mitte, in May 2013. It was subsequently performed in the courtyard of Aquacarré Berlin, Berlin-Kreuzberg, in May 2013.

The work was presented by Asaf Ahronson, Tristen Bakker, Laura Hicks, Michiel Keuper, Ilana Reynolds, and João Victor Toledo; The video was recorded by Duncan Blair, Phil Freeborn, Tom O’Doherty, and Robin Thomson.

Update — some photos from the event:

Scissor #1 — view of space
Scissor #1 — view of space
Scissor #1 — view of space