a contemporary orchestra
... the murmur rises, increasing its volume to become a reverberating noise; energies that collect in a movement of sudden physicality, fragmenting, after melting again. What lies behind the door, below the surface or inside the wall? The infrastructures of the streets, canals, and buildings are swallowed and become the site for so many potential uprisings...
The urge to play, to shout ‘we are here!’ to squat and take over a space only for the length of the performance, to use the format of a demonstration to demonstrate the format of a demonstration. To demonstrate what it is to perform, to demonstrate the space where the performance takes place. To hack into a buildings’ hidden layers with- out any physical force.
The space has a voice of its own in all the echoes, resonance, feedback, undertones and overtones. Sometimes it is whining, sometimes it seems to crack under the weight of the noise, everything is vibrating. The sound that expands according to the acoustical dynamics of a given space, it disorients its origin, supplanting the source with an array of projections and propagations, splintering the vector in multiple events. You start to hear the space inside and in between of the ever changing sound, the small glimpse of harmony which is suddenly broken by another stream, there is no way back.
How does architecture influence sound? What happens when everything is moving and the noise seems to swallow you, takes you to the inner world of a body which is not yours... Who is the director? When the sound stops you hear the silence and the sonic body floats away, you wake up.
Maybe this is the Megaphone Ensemble, a possession of a power which has no direction, nor a specific subject to command. A sound sculpture in the most literary sense possible. A parallel world in which the space and the sound suddenly start to combine their energy by creating a fictive landscape.
Text: Katinka de Jonge
Eva Van Deuren, Sjoerd Leijten, Mike Crabbé, Ernesto Gonzales, Katinka de Jonge, Erin Helsen, Bert Lezy, Diane Rabreau, Sammy Deceulaer, Thomas van Walle, Liesbeth Grupping, Sebastiaan Dingens, Ed van der Ven, Bert Jacobs, Johann Kauth, Rufus Mich, Sabbo, Marthe Van Dessel, Nicolàs Carcavilla, Tomàs Dittborn, Siet Raeymaekers, Isabel Tesfazghi, Warre Fungus, Joris De Rycke, Samuel Vanclooster, Jan Technics, Champdaction, text: Katinka de Jonge, master: Sjoerd Leijten, ... and Concept: Jo Kmo