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