MONOM x Spatial Sound Institute x CTM Festival 2018 in 4DSound
One of the ways that Turmoil exists within us is through a broken dialogue between expectations and reality, as much on an personal level as on a larger social and political scale. Puncturing through the messiness of our daily lives to occupy our senses with brazen messages, this kind of disconnect is exploited by the many forces competing for our attention or sympathy. Masterful or clumsy, informed or blind, subtle or shriekingly loud, our own physiological and emotional responses are being weaponized against us to confuse, intimidate and entice.
To cope with the stress of overstimulation, we erect boundaries and dampen our senses just to temper the turmoil. We have been doing this for so long that we have forgotten how to truly listen. During CTM, MONOM – Berlin's Center for Spatial Sound and home to the 4DSOUND spatial sound system – will become a place to switch off unwanted disturbances and immerse oneself in rich and vivid sonic worlds that will reopen our ears and awaken our senses.
Sound is a medium that we experience with our entire body. Similarly, the 4DSOUND system is a habitable instrument that merges with and decentralizes the performance space, allowing for sound to come from all around us and move through us. Experiencing sound in this way opens us up to emotional and physical responses inscribed in our ancient and recent memories, providing an opportunity to experience our senses as a gateway to more meaningful connections between inner and outer space and to transcend the turmoil.
To this end, for CTM Festival 2018, MONOM has commissioned GAIKA, Pan Daijing, FIS and TCF to use the 4DSOUND system to build intensely visceral experiences that will range from calming and hypnotizing to thought-provoking and radical.
Artist and researcher IOANN will present “Imagining the Hyperspace”, a work he developed during a residency at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest. The work seeks to reveal the multidimensional nature of listening by presenting a series of nine sculptures of particular geometrical shapes in sound, from the very simple forms like lines, triangles, and squares to highly complex ones like the pentatope and octaplex. Listeners will in turn become aware that the construct of space we perceive is an attribute of our consciousness, and that this perception can be altered.
Finally, on the festival’s first weekend, NOQTURNL composer John Connell and art director Florence To will give the German premiere of NOQTURNL, an overnight performance exploring the threshold between waking and dreaming, developed in collaboration with the Spatial Sound Institute. To and Connell immerse participants in a spatial field of sound and light designed to open access to the hyper-lucid: the imaginative and highly receptive state of intelligence available within the dreaming mind.
NOQTURNL by John Connell & Florence To
Sat 27.01 - Sun 28.01 (overnight)
Show 00:00 until first light (around 7:30)
GAIKA + TCF + IOANN
Tuesday 30.01 & Wednesday 31.01 (same line-up)
Pan Daijing + FIS + IOANN
Thursday 01.02 & Friday 02.02 (same line-up)
Doors at 18:00
Show at 19:00