One year ago STEIM started their new event series ‘Connector’. Every first Thursday of the month we will connect with another collective or disciplin, resulting in either a concert or exhibition.
After a short summer break we are back, and we have invited FELL and Björk Viggósdóttir.
DATE: Thursday 6 September, 2018
TIME: 20:30 (Door open 20:00 hrs.)
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Simon Berz (Switzerland) and toktek (Holland) battle it out in supercharged music sessions.
Playing their self-made electronic instruments and interfaces, they turn human emotion and body movment into sound that results in a spasmodic, sweaty dialogue between them and their machines.
As a professional drummer, Simon Berz has invented new ways to communicate with his self-made instrument, The Rocking Desk. By using DIY analog electronic devices, his drum kit creates feedback and communicates back to him. The ensuing dynamic exchanges range from loud arguments to the whisper of sweet nothings.
Over the years, toktek has mastered the art of sampling anything that makes sound. Nothing is more entertaining than watching toktek build up his palette of sounds from random musical objects and then blissfully play them on his controller is unlike any other musical experience. He is a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, enjoying his life as a castaway in a wonderland of electronic music.
Björk Viggósdóttir (Iceland)
Björk Viggósdóttir composes soundscapes for her artworks and installations. She creates soundscapes for the concept of the artwork. The soundscapes can sometimes be independent and separates from the artwork and the visual music starts to live their own live without the visual artwork. The sound is electronic in a mix with live instruments, where the harmony of the sound and the visual is the key.
Björk Viggósdóttir has released soundscapes on the Album Höfnin Hljómar 2013 from the label Yatra Arts and USB edition Rósa from the label Hljóðklettar. Björk plays rarely live on concerts but you can enjoy the soundscapes in her exhibitions or listen online. The past few months she has been working at STEIM for her Erasmus internship and this performance is her way of saying goodbye.