Rokolectiv presents a weekend dedicated to SHAPE, one of the most ambitious European platforms for innovative music and audiovisual art. On 11th and 12th of September, the former thermal power station of Halele Carol will resonate to a wide range of sound performances supported by site-specific visual outputs.
Friday, 11.09./ 20h00 – 01h00
- RAZE DE SOARE (RO)
- LORENZO SENNI (IT)
- MORITZ SIMON GEIST / SONIC ROBOTS (DE)
- SERGIU DOROFTEI, #25 (RO)
On Friday the 11th, expect some sonic mutations with three early evening performances and a kinetic selfie environment developed by Sergiu Doroftei. Memories of go-go dancing to trance in trashy Italian Riviera discotheques blend in LORENZO SENNI’s intense performance. While others declared it dead, the Milanese musician managed to transform the ‘90s rave into something more abstract, but still surprisingly danceable.
Dresdener MORITZ SIMON GEIST decided to take the famous TR-808 to another level: his robotic installation MR-808, a mechanical replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine. The electronic sounds of the influential machine become physical, with the robot arms kicking the drums.
The evening will end with a special performance by RAZE DE SOARE, Rokolectiv’s proposal for the SHAPE 2016 pool of artists. Initiated as a tribute to Albatros, one of the most influential 90s prolet-pop bands, Raze de Soare also take cues from the bustling but traditional Romanian “lăutărească” or the more contemporary “manele” genre, blending minimal synths, Oriental motifs, and 20th century electronics in a nostalgia infused performance.
Saturday, 12.09., 23h00 – END
- LOW JACK (FR)
- DJ NIGGA FOX (AO/PT)
- RSS BOYS (PL)
- BORUSIADE (RO)
- COTE (RO)
On Saturday the 12th, Polish artists RSS BOYS combine analogue hardware with e-drums in a project that celebrates the archaic roots of techno by exploring tribal musical traditions in a gut-level, provocative and hypnotizing performance.
The veiled techno shamans are followed by Angola born DJ NIGGA FOX, who produces an unnamable hybrid infused by kuduro, afro-house, tarraxinha, and batida. Alongside a handful of likeminded producers from Principe Records, he is creating Lis- bon’s sound of now. Nigga Fox takes the templates of house and kuduro and bends them like putty until they become pliable, messy and almost unquantifiably wrong.
In the second part of the night, Parisian artist LOW JACK will emphasize the secret link between tribal sounds and industrial music. Low Jack feels at home in the world of postmodern sonics, where one can freely borrow tropes from styles and genres of the past and merge and mix them with their own experience – update them to v. 2.0. From power elec- tronics through techno and house to dub to ambient, he embraces music without any preconceptions.
Finally, the dark priestess that comes with the morning light, BORUSIADE, will end the night with poignant bass lines and obsessive themes. Her bold, obscure, yet by all means melodic sounds fluctuate mostly in the field of dark disco, minimal wave, and raw house, with a touch of acid.
A lecture by Moritz Simon Geist on how to make musical robots your best friends will take place on Thursday 10.09 at the tech in- cubator Grădina Viitorului. The lecture is open for both artists and the general public.
Students from the University of Arts are also invited to join Romanian artist Sergiu Doroftei in the process of creating a kinetic installation that will be in display at Halele Carol on the 11th and the 12th.
SHAPE, an acronym for “Sound, Heterogeneous Art, and Performance in Europe”, was created by 16 festivals and art centers which collectively chose 48 upcoming musicians to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops, talks and other special events, with the pool of artists to be renewed yearly. SHAPE attempts to present a variety of idiosyncratic music and sonic art from all over Europe, and provide audiences and professionals with insightful lectures, talks and workshops by experts in various fields related to sound and performance.
Supported by The Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Co-financed by ARCUB through the “Ești București” cultural programme.
Halele Carol – o inițiativă Zeppelin, reprezintă un proiect de reconversie a vechilor spații industriale cu valoare istorică ale Fabricii Hesper în centru cultural și de evenimente. Fiecare participant la evenimentele găzduite de Halele Carol devine, implicit, și susținător direct al proiectului de reconversie. Informații utile privind accesul și condițiile existente – aici