[SUB037] HOLLY CHILDS & GEDIMINAS ŽYGUS - HYDRANGEA [SUBTEXT RECORDINGS]

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«Find the False Illusion and Make it Real… and then you’re stuck with it »

Subtext presents 'Hydrangea', the debut album from writer and artist Holly Childs and artist Gediminas Žygus formerly known as J.G. Biberkopf. Initiated in 2017, Hydrangea grew out of a series of performances emphasizing conspiracies and the designer realities that they generate. Navigating a tangle of digitally induced subjectivities and relationships, Hydrangea sees Childs & Žygus amidst a continuously evaporating world in which narratives dissolve, leak, fold in on themselves, and loop.

 

Childs & Žygus ask: As individuals are siloed online, can rifts in reality ever be reconciled? Is history a form of science fiction? And are narrators ever reliable?

 

The process of creating Hydrangea was defined by the search for a form to bind fiction, poetry, and musical experience. Its narrative is influenced by technical instructions, lectures, and whispered conversations, in which slippage and floating focus can create new meanings in the listener that weren’t intended by the speaker.

Aspects of physical and informational security including passwords, codes, locks, and obstacles speak to the ways in which meaning or material can be locked, unlocked, or instrumentalized for a range of potential outcomes. Hydrangea reflects on the Machiavellian strategies of political ideologists such as Steve Bannon, Aleksandr Dugin, and Vladislav Surkov who have made use of contemporary and postmodern artistic strategies to design narrative uncertainty - covertly braiding together questionable truths, slippery narratives and bespoke reinterpretations of history for undisclosed political ends.
 

Hydrangea_Press_Shot_Final - Credit Juan

Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus. Photo by Juan Arturo García

«Hydrangea’s Just the Password Though, Right? »

Childs & Žygus employ a musical language that layers their cumulative practices and experiences. The compositions are cinematic and spatial, working with the illustrative qualities of Disneyesque string melodies and taking cues from Maurice Ravel’s impressionistic piano works. The work is also influenced by both artists’ lifelong experiences of rave culture, beginning for Žygus during childhood in newly independent Lithuania, spending time juggling Disney and happy hardcore cassettes on the family stereo, and for Childs as a preteen in Australia, tagging along with her sisters to doofs and warehouse parties. Initiated while the artists were both working between Amsterdam and Rotterdam in 2017, the work also draws on Dutch gabber music.

 

Hydrangea's development has been influenced by collaboration with artists and filmmakers Metahaven, who created the album art.
 

Images on courtesy of the artists. Hydrangea's live performance photos by Juan Arturo García, Keelan O’Hehir, Tom Janssen

Holly Childs is a writer and artist. Her research involves filtering stories of computation through frames of ecology, earth, memory, poetry, and light. She is the author of two books: No Limit (Hologram) and Danklands (Arcadia Missa); and has presented her work at ICA (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Trust (Berlin), Elam School of Art (Auckland) and more.

 

Gediminas Žygus is an artist working within the fields of sound, documentary and performance. Their practice assembles a spectrum of influences deriving from architecture, ecology, ethnography, science studies, and media theory. As J.G. Biberkopf, their releases have found homes on Knives and Danse Noire. Žygus has performed at Barbican Centre (London), Berghain (Berlin), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), and Centre Pompidou (Paris), among others.
 

Lyric video by Metahaven

Voiced by Marijn Degenaar, Mark Prendergast

Created by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus

Lyric video by Metahaven

Voiced by Holly Childs, Elif Özbay, Marijn Degenaar 

Created by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus

Lyric video by Metahaven

Voiced by Marijn Degenaar, Mark Prendergast

Created by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus

Release date:

November 20. 2020

Label

Subtext Recordings

 

Format:

Digital & vinyl

 

Distribution:

State 51

Publishing

Multiverse Music

'Hydrangea' LP  is available on

 Bandcamp

Boomkat

Bleep

More info

BBC Radio 3 - Late Junction

AQNB

FACT

Bleep Mix

Katakult

The New Noise

Radioaktiv

Groove Magazine

Holly Childs

Gediminas Žygus

Metahaven

Subtext Recordings

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