GRAND RIVER & MARCO C 0.13% A/V LIVE
words: maria orciuoli
Performed on July 21. 2018 in occasion of Slowdance's Anniversary at Gazgolder, Moscow
"It is estimated that humans have lived only 0.13% of the history of life on earth."
Grand River and Marco C present an audio-visual performance where natural and synthetic realms coexist harmoniously. The work results in an elusive experience where analog and computer-generated elements, both in audio and video, don’t compete with each other but instead create a mutually inclusive environment in which nature and human artifice conjunctively fluctuate.
The collaborative project was born by the desire to examine the complexities of the relationship between man and nature, especially in light of rising environmental questions. It is estimated that humans have lived only 0.13% of the history of life on earth. Since its settlement, our species and nature have been interacting continuously, with both positive and negative results. Nevertheless, the systems our societies are built on, became very complex, thus their impact on the environment can be unexpected - or the opposite of what is expected.
The audiovisual expression of the work aims at creating a sensory experience of what a balanced and modern relationship between nature and human artifice might feel like. The abstract elements and their primarily surreal appearance tend to generate the notion of a separate experience made by auditory and visual elements that do not obey the laws of physics. These components often exhibit behaviors that will seem utopian or hallucinatory such as metamorphosis, merging, and expanding and they resemble biological processes of a microscopic and cosmic scale. Striking a balance between eye and ear, between the changing perception of temporality and density by the two senses was the most crucial aspect of the work. Temporal contrasts, structural changes, layers of abstraction, and density modulations are some of the areas that have been addressed differently.
The convergence of analog instruments and laptops for the performance reflects the modern type of human computer interaction in which the relationship between performer and software is similar to that between performer and musical instrument - resembling also the interaction between organic and synthetic.
Aimée Portioli, also known as Grand River, is a Dutch-Italian composer, poly-instrumentalist, and producer based in Berlin. While mainly connected to the fields of electronic music and sound design, her compositions transcend these genres. Her work is known equally for her film scores as for her experimental and ambient projects. Influenced by classical minimal music Grand River’s work integrates a large variety of sound structures and symphonic calculations, often blurring the lines between traditional composition and research-based modernism. Aimee runs her own audio agency TapTempo Studio, and the experimental music label One Instrument.
Marco Ciceri is an Italian media artist. He started his career in 2010 doing stage design and live visuals commissioned by festivals, and musicians. In 2015 he joins the Berlin-based collective Pfadfinderei. His recent video work "Human Made Minerals" was presented at Funkhaus Berlin during Víkingur Ólafsson's concert hosted by Yellow Lounge.