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Atmospheric Disturbances

Atmospheric Disturbances

24/9 — 5/10/2019

The meeting with artists will take place on Wednesday 25 September at 7.30 pm.
The end of exhibition will be accompanied by sound performances on Saturday 5th October 2019 at 4 pm.

The exhibition was conceived as part of the international conference Murmurans Mundus: Sonic Ecology and Beyond, organized by the Faculty of Arts and Design of UJEP in Ústí nad Labem. In the gallery’s interior and its nearby surroundings, the visitor can encounter various installations, video projections, a set of drawings and photo projections.

Where is the Sky Flying
Ivan Wernish

The title “Atmospheric Disorders” refers to the current phenomena to which we have recently been increasingly exposed in the media. Although in our latitudes we usually associate the weather with a domestic environment, it is a casual part of our day-to-day life – the weather is something we are used to observing outside, beyond our windows, or something we watch on the screens from our desks. But meteorology also has a darker side: it is a planetary theater of liquid, gaseous and dust systems, a chaotic universe of emissions, turbulences, feedbacks, and bifurcations, an ethereal process of complex chemical, electromagnetic and thermodynamic currents. Their scope and potential consequences are hard to imagine for us and can easily become a threat. The works presented at the exhibition directly and indirectly concern the "age of asymmetry," Dark Ecology (Timothy Morton) and environmental uncertainty. Both in fact and metaphorically, they indicate something which has happened, which is currently still happening, and which can also transpire in the near future.

Weather and meteorology played an important role in the work and personal life of the well-known artist Zdeněk Košek who formerly lived in Ústí (1949 – 2015). Diagrams or celestial maps (which were created especially between 1980 – 1981 and 1990 – 1992) recorded the processes he observed in the sky. But his drawings also played a magical role for Košek: it seemed to him that by pulling his pencil to and fro he could affect and control the weather, even cause a heavy storm.

The series of photographs by Marie Steiner (Marianna Rainforesteiner) is an example of a female encounter with moths – night butterflies – who, drawn by the lights, enter the open windows of the country house where she lives. In the context of our awareness of the rapid decline in biodiversity, the delicate structures of moth wings and soft fragile insect bodies juxtaposed with and exposed to the landscape of the human hand bear a signum of the tragedy which underpins the human-animal relationship.

The systems project of Jan Krombholz and Polina Katchenko was inspired by the location where both the artists live. The Installation… ... sonifies the nearby Bílina River with a set of field recordings, mapping the river from its source to the place where it connects with the Elbe River. They cooperate here with local photographer and environmental activist Ibraim Ibrahimovič, who has been following the transformations of the river for many years. Directly next to the building where the Hraničář Gallery is located flows the hidden Klíšský brook. It runs under the surface and – just below the nearby building of Spolchemie factory – flows into the Bílina. Daniel Hanzlík reacts to this underground hydrogeography by a site-specific sound installation, in which he meshes physical and virtual spaces. The video projection and sonification made by Michal Kindernay on the sidewalk in front of Hraničář uses a multimedia archive about the Most lignite landscape and was recorded during the project Frontiers of Solitude.

Bílina and the Elbe in Hamburg flow into the North Sea and the water element thus connects the North Bohemian landscape with the scale of the entire continent. Slávek Kwi’s installation "Weather Patterns: Rain and Wind Impulses and Fluctuations" is based on the artist's long-term interest in weather phenomena. The author takes the ambivalent position of both observer and agent. He tries not to control the environment, but to be part of it. “I am looking for a place where I would be an equal partner to various processes, such as disturbances, turbulence and weather changes.” Portuguese documentary filmmaker, curator and sound artist Raquel Castro presents fragments of her brand new film Soa in the form of a multiscreen video installation. Castro recorded interviews with sound artists and sound theorists about the role of sound and listening in human life, about education and sound literacy. One of the authors featured in the documentary is British sound documentary filmmaker and musician Peter Cusack, whose short video about Lake Aral is also part of the exhibition. Other videos by John Grzinich and Felix Blume indicate specific approaches that a contemporary artist can adopt to capture the sound of a landscape.

MURMURANS MUNDUS: Sonic Ecology and Beyond
Program of conference 3.—5. 10. 2019
Faculty of Art and Design JEPU, Ústí nad Labem.

Acoustic Paralaxes (3.—4. 10.)
Public Hall Hraničář
Two blocks of performances connected with the theme of the conference.
by: AVA Kolektiv, Gburek Jeff, Tomáš Šenkýřík, Park Jiyun, Chakav Ali, Martin Zet, Boštjan Perovšek, Barry Wan, Aloïs Yang, Jan Sůsa, Slavek Kwi

Informations about the topics and programme of the conference: www.murmurans.ujep.cz

Curators:
Miloš Vojtěchovský / Martina Johnová

Artists:
Felix Blume, Raguel Castro, Peter Cusack, John Grzinich, Daniel Hanzlík, Ibra Ibrahimovič, Polina Khatsenka, Michal Kindernay, Jan Krombholz, Zdeněk Košek, Slavek Kwi, Marie Steinerová
 

Hraničář Gallery