Active Crossover: Mooste

"Active Crossover: Mooste ran as a cross cultural collaborative residency curated by Simon Whetham and hosted by MoKS, in April and May 2015.

 

Attending were thirteen artists from Europe, Australia, North and South America, each in different ways working around ideas of sound and location. As it was not possible for each of the artists to attend for the full two months, various combinations of artists formed and dissolved over this period, dependent upon peoples arrival and departure dates.

 

To maintain focus on the collaborative experience over the entire two month period the group created a collective archive of material generated from the various activities undertaken. While the central aim of the various explorations was an exchange of ideas around methods of collaboration, sound and experiences of site/location, this process led to the generation of a mass of ephemera, both sonic and otherwise; be it field recordings, documents of indoor and outdoor actions (with audience or without), studio based experiments, photographs, collected objects, recorded conversations, notes or observations.

 

Each artist (or group of artists) contributed to this archive whose purpose was to act as a tool of communication rather than simply repository for outcomes. Through this process each artist added ideas, objects, and sounds with which subsequent Active Crossover participants could search through and recombine to sharpen their focus, inspire new avenues of inquiry or side track them totally."

Eamon Sprod with John Grzinich and Simon Whetham, March 2015

 

Simon Whetham kept an online journal of the various activities during the project which can be viewed HERE.

 

Activities 2016

Through 2016 we saw some resulting works from AC: Mooste being unleashed unto the world.

 

The first is a series of compositions by 12 of the participating artists, named 'Corollaries', one of which will be released each month of the year by the Crónica media label.  Each composition uses material from the collective archive of material from the project. Please visit the release page and download the works here: http://www.cronicaelectronica.org/corollaries

 

Other results are 2 short movies by participating artists John Grzinich (https://vimeo.com/154777499) and Jim Haynes (https://vimeo.com/157237558). Please view the films by clicking on the links.

Eamon Sprod (aka Tarab) instigated a commission by ABC Radio in Australia to produce a radio piece for their 'Soundproof' series. The program was composed by Eamon, John Grzinich and Simon Whetham.

Please listen to the pieces as one broadbast and read more about the concept behind it here:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/kompohst/7469916

Participating artist James Wyness has already produced some works from the collected archive and his Corollaries piece will be released in December this year.

https://soundcloud.com/james_alexander_wyness/fugacity

https://jamesalexanderwyness.bandcamp.com/album/cognitive-dissonance

https://jamesalexanderwyness.bandcamp.com/track/the-last-pigs-closed-their-eyes

Jim Haynes was particularly prolific as he recomposed/reworked his Corollaries album to create a work for cassette, released by the renowned piblisher Helen Scarsdale Agency. http://helenscarsdale.com/published/haynes-throttle.htm

Guy Dowsett, who collaborated with AC: Mooste participant Arlene Tucker on her Corollaries piece, included their work in his own installation 'Implants' which was shown in Helsinki, Finland in September 2016. http://guydowsett.com/implants/

And finally John Grzinich and Simon Whetham composed a sound installation in the grain sorting factory adjacent to MoKS in Mooste for the Omega 3 exhibition in the summer of 2016: http://moks.ee/events/omega-3

Below you will find a list of the artists involved, including a brief description of their work and link to their website.

Tuulikki Bartosik (EE/SE)

Tuulikki Bartosik is a musician, composer, music teacher & producer. She gets inspiration from the sounds and people surrouding her and loves to work with international musicians in different projects. Originally from Estonia, she currently lives in Sweden and works worldwide.

Richard Eigner (AT)

Richard Eigner is a composer, sound artist, producer and drummer residing in Vienna and Linz, Austria. In his music he is crossing the borders of experimental acoustic music, minimalism and electronica with a focus on the symbiotic use of acoustic elements and electronically produced and processed sounds.

Fernando Godoy (CL)

Musician, sound artist and producer based in Valparaíso, Chile. He uses diverse media to research sound phenomena and temporal perception including field recording, sound installation, performance, radio and web projects. Since 2008 he has been the director of the Tsonami Sound Art Festival, a platform for the development and diffusion of contemporary sound practices.

Evelyn Grzinich (EE)

Evelyn Grzinich (aka eku) is a mixed media artist and cultural coordinator, based in Southeast Estonia. Since 2001 she has worked as an artist-organizer, coordinating activities for MoKS, a non-profit residency center and project space. Her recent interests and ongoing work with drawing explores how repetitive movement of surface-body-surface feedback can be a generative method to shift from abstraction to figural imagery.

www.moks.ee

John Grzinich (US)

Since the early 1990s, John Grzinich has worked as a freelance sound artist and cultural coordinator with various artistic practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures.

He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run centre.

www.moks.ee

Jim Haynes (US)

"I rust things"

Park Jin Young (KR)

Park Jin Young is a highly trained and experienced Korean choreographer. She studied classical and contemporary ballet at Kookmin University Seoul, South Korea, majored in choreography and graduated in 2006.

Since then she has received many commissions to perform and choreograph performances, invited to participate in Dance Umbrella Festival in UK in 2011 and received the danceWEB scholarship to participate in the ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna in 2013.

Rostislav Rekuta (LV)

Rostislav Rekuta (Sound Meccano) is a Latvian based sound artist, working in the sphere of electroacoustic, field recordings and ambient music.

Yiorgis Sakellariou (GR)

Yiorgis Sakellariou is a composer working in the fields of experimental electronic music and phonography. He is active internationally being responsible for solo and collaboration albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.

Dawn Scarfe (UK)

Dawn's work includes site-specific sound installation and performance. It explores resonance, sensitivity things which appear to act of their own accord.

Eamon Sprod (AU)

Tarab explores re-contextualised collected sounds and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay and most if not all the things he hears and sees.

Taavi Suisalu

Taavi Suisalu is an artist working in the context of technology, sound and performance, stretching out to borderlines of different disciplines, mixing traditional and contemporary sensibilities and activating peripheral spaces for imaginative encounters.

Arlene Tucker (US/TW)

Arlene Tucker is an art educator, visual artist and toy & game designer interested in adding play elements to daily life through her art.  Inspired by translation studies and zoosemiotics, she finds ways to connect and make meaning in our shared environments.  She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Simon Whetham (UK)

Instigator of Active Crossover project in 2009. Sound artist, composer, investigator, performer and sharer.

James Wyness (UK)

Composer and researcher.

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