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Denarkaiskarosten
music : performance : experimental : improvised
April 28, 2014 20:00

Den Arkaiska Rösten (The Archaic Voice) is Per Åhlund and Girilal Baars of Uppsala, Sweden, experimental sound artists that since long have used their voice as source and tool in their music. In 2010 they started working together and quickly formed their own sound world; with sacred chanting, floating melodies or guttural droning, loopers, delayes and distortion.

Also performing will be Estonian-based American improvising musician Ted Parker.

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performance : sound : voice : electronics
May 06, 2014 20:00

AtgRuioFallA are Laura Remmel, Ivi Rausi, and Roomet Jakapi, an experimental trio from Tallinn. They will perform a concert of voices and live electronics, unconventional sounds and structures, and free improvisation.

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improvisation : performance : jam
April 17, 2014 20:00

Free Improvisation is a regular event which follows the simple structure of show + jam. The event takes place every fortnight (give or take a few days), and begins with a short, informal performance before the space and tools of sound making are opened up to any and all. Come along to play, listen and meet.

This time round we have Hara Ash performing.

20:00 Hara Ash

20:30 Open Jam

For the Open Jam, we have a piano and a P.A system available.

Amorfia_bn
sound : music : performance : film
April 14, 2014 20:00

ASTEPBACK are Gaëlle Cavalieri and Andrea Saggiomo.

Two super-8 film projectors and a slide projector are used as light sources on stage. Super8 films and slides are prepared by scratching and patching, piercing and ink and wax drawing to be used in a multiple projection at different speeds. The projectors, the film and the images are then used as instruments to produce and modify in real time the light and, using some self-made photosensitive sound devices, the sound-space of the performance, interacting with the motion of bodies. The audio signal so generated and manipulated feeds a feedback loop that interacts and changes with the stage movement. 

In 2007 the two founded their own theater company in Naples. In 2008 they won Nuove Sensibitità Award with the show “Canti di Maldoror” (“Songs of Maldoror”). In 2009 they won “Cantieri Teatrali per Fabbrica Europa” Award with the show “I fiori d’Arancio” (“Orange Flowers”). Both shows have been represented in different Italian cities at national and international festivals. Their last show, “Villon: il Romanzo del Peto del Diavolo” (“Villon: The Romance of the Devil’s Fart”) premiered in Naples in November 2011. Since 2010 they collaborate organizing the festival “ALTERA: pratiche non convenzionali” where they have been working together with different musicians and artists (SEC_, Aspec (t), Dario Sanfilippo, Asp, Tiziana Salvati, etc.). Andrea Saggiomo alongside the theatrical performance art works in the expanded cinema project 70fps in the context of which he improvised and collaborated with musicians and international artists including Andy Guhl and Seppo Renvall. The first DVD of 70fps, entitled “But You Are” was released in 2013 for the independent label VIANDE. 

Plucié des Andes are Marek Pluciennik and James Andean of Helsinki.

Plucié/Des Andes are film artist Marek Pluciennik and sound artist James Andean. Together they have developed a unique audiovisual performance practice, drawing on the diverse background each has in their respective fields, seamlessly blending film, sound art, and performance art.
Marek Pluciennik emphasises the tactile qualities of film, not just as a vessel for content, but as a material medium, by treating and transforming the film during the act of projection, most commonly by melting and burning the film as it is projected on the screen, as well as through the digital capture and transformation of both materials and process. The visual results are thus a combination of the film content, and the beautiful, strangely transfixing display of colour and texture as the film bubbles, melts, and dissolves. The results capture the transitory, ephemeral nature of experience, art, and performance, as images, scenes, narratives, and people melt away on the screen. Pluciennik's live treatment of the film extends into the digital – as these physical metamorphoses are recaptured, digitally treated and transformed, and projected anew – and also into the realm of performance art, as his methods are played out in front of, within, and around the audience, sometimes requiring the participation of audience members, and often extending into broader metaphors of performance action.
James Andean creates live soundscapes to accompany and dialogue with the projected visuals. These soundscapes are often centred on live, site-specific sound, using the sound artefacts of the venue, the space, the audience, or the film projection as primary sound materials, to be further developed and extended live in the spontaneity of performance, creating a soundworld which once again stresses the fleeting impermanence of the experience of live art. Once again, these live, physical elements are captured, digitally extended and transformed, and projected as fantastic constructs moving out from their foundation in the here-and-now and out into broader realms of sound.
These two layers – the sonic and the visual – combine and react, to create a unique, beautiful experience of shifting images, scenes, colours and textures, from both screen and loudspeakers.

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improvisation : performance : jam
April 02, 2014 20:00

Free Improvisation is a regular event which follows the simple structure of show + jam. The event takes place every fortnight (give or take a few days), and begins with a short, informal performance before the space and tools of sound making are opened up to any and all. Come along to play, listen and meet.

This time round we have Villem Jahu performing.

20:00 Villem Jahu

20:30 Open Jam

For the Open Jam, we have a piano and a P.A system available.

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improvisation : performance : jam
March 20, 2014 20:00

​This is a special event in connection with our regular free improvisation shows+jams. Listeners and performers are welcome to join us! The format is a brief show followed by an open jam. (For the open jam, we have a piano and a P.A system available.)

20:00 Ekke Västrik

20:30 Open Jam

Earswap_(1)
March 15, 2014 14:00 - 15:00

Ear Swap is a workshop in dislocating sound and experiencing public environments through the explorative movements of another person. Participants temporarily surrender to each other the ability to guide their own ears and thus lose the power to intervene with the sounds they hear, whilst being given absolute control over what is sent down the ear canals of another.

As well as allowing us to listen to various different public settings through the ears of someone else, the mediation method also singles out some frequencies above others (discriminating in favour of women and children), which serves to further distance the method from our regular system of hearing.

We will provide the technological equivalent of chopping each participant's ears off, mixing them all up and then attaching each set of ears to a new owner before heading down to Balti Jaam to catch the train.

The Ear Swap expedition team will travel by train, trolleybus and foot, through various auditory settings, for approximately one hour before returning to Ptarmigan to reinstall their hereditary ears.

Participants are asked to bring €3 for material costs. Transport is free for those with cards (and €1,60 for those without).

led by Villem Jahu & Hannah Harkes

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Free_improopen_jam
improvisation : performance : jam
March 07, 2014 20:00

This is a special event in connection with our regular free improvisation shows+jams. Listeners and performers are welcome to join us! The format is a brief show followed by an open jam. (For the open jam, we have a piano and a P.A system available.)

20:00 Roomet Jakapi (EST, vocals and electronics) and Jonas Vandenbossche (BEL, guitar)

20:30 Open Jam

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Freeimpro
improvisation : performance : jam
March 06, 2014 20:00

Free Improvisation is a regular event which follows the simple structure of show + jam. The event takes place every fortnight (give or take a few days), and begins with a short, informal performance before the space and tools of sound making are opened up to any and all. Come along to play, listen and meet. This time round we have Mart Soo performing.

20:00 Mart Soo

20:30 Open Jam

For the Open Jam, we have a piano and a P.A system available.

We request that all attendees bring a small contribution either for Ptarmigan or for the group in attendance that night. The contribution can be of any size, and can be anything for the event (snacks, drinks, etc) or any form of direct donation.

Puricute
photo booth : interactive : purikura
February 23, 2014

Behind the velvet curtains of the Ungravity Kiosk lie four portraits. Each portrait occupies its own separate but intrinsically linked temporal and physical space. These seemingly unrelated poses await your purikura adornments – pick from a selection designed by the artists or make your very own. The portraits wait patiently for your special touch.

The Ungravity Kiosk takes the familiar Japanese photo booth experience and stretches it out to a strained speed. It takes the idea of the sequence and the still frames that occupy a progressive narrative, and questions the nature of these simultaneously still and active images. The additional interactive elements serve to reveal this conflict between stillness and movement, whilst also providing the simple joy of trying to fit one thing inside another.

Unlike the purikura booth, however, the figures in the portraits do not demand to be made cuter; they can also just as well be made ugly, angry or horrifying. They welcome you to change their appearance and alter their characters.

Hannah Harkes (1989) and Tessa Androutsopoulos (1981) met at Gray’s School of Art in Scotland, where they studied together in the Printmaking department from 2007-2010. They have since developed their own separate practices and continue to share strong interests in the narrative sequence, the creation of characters and the printmakerly process of layering, disassembling and playing with images. 

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