IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD…
24.01.2019 - 24.01.2019
January 24, 2019, Thursday, 6pm, Structura Gallery
Performance with the participation of the artist and Biliana Voutchkova.
Within the exhibition ‘natura naturans / The Nature of Art’, curated by Maria Vassileva
a project of Structura Gallery and the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria
courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin
The sound piece IN THE WOODS THERE IS A BIRD… is based on archival sound material from radio reports and uses the radio as a source (rather than a medium of transmission) to explore the relation between sound and index. Background sounds of demonstrations, riots, rallies recorded for radio are sources to generate a soundtrack composed from these various ‘ambiences’.
The piece is conceptualized in order to generate further interpretations by various collaborators, in form of concrete sound objects and events. These objects and events range from broadcasting to live performances and installation-based settings.
As part of the project, an artist book was published. It frames the sources of the soundtrack with a visual essay and presents an index with places and dates of the events. Bulgaria is included with sounds from the antigovernmental protests in 2013.
The performance derives from a project of the same name created by Olaf Nicolai for documenta 14 in Athens.
In order to generate new contents and associations, the artist will be working with the violinist Biliana Voutchkova. In the second part of the event she will make a solo performance. Bilyana Vuchkova invites for temporary co-existence 1 to 5 listeners on a sensory territory created spontaneously and resonating the proximity and presence of the guests. Sounds and images that happen in a micro environment of abstract solo, combining violin and voice.
LIST OF EVENTS ALBANIA, Tirana, 2011/01/21— Violent protests against election fraud by the government ARGENTINA, Córdoba, 2012/09/17— Global day of action against genetic engineering and pharmaceutical company Monsanto in front of Monsanto headquarters AUSTRALIA, Anvil Hill, 2007/07/03— Protest for the protection of Hunter Valley against coal mining BELGIUM, Bruxelles, 2016/02/15— Steel workers’ demonstration against cut-price imports from China BOSNIA, Sarajevo, 2014/02/07— So-called February Protests against perceived government failures – the first non-ethnic, pan-Bosnian political movement since the end of the Balkan War BRAZIL, Porto Alegre, 2013/06/17— Mass protests against increased transportation fares, expenses for the soccer World Cup, and general corruption BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro, 2017/01/30— Workers’ protest against corruption in public services BRAZIL, São Paulo, 2014/06/10— University strike due to retained salaries BULGARIA, Sofia, 2013/07/24— Anti-government protests against governmental corruption and criminality CAMEROON, Bamenda, 2016/11/23— Protests by English-speaking Cameroonians against French as official language CHILE, Santiago de Chile, 2014/06/11— Cyclists protest against planned education reform CHINA, Sichuan, 2012/08/14— Violent intervention by Chinese security personnel after the self-immolation of two Tibetans COLOMBIA, Bogotá, 2011/11/11— Student protest against education reform and tuition fees CONGO, Kinshasa, 2016/05/26— Violent riots after anti-government protests against president Joseph Kabila’s plan to delay election EGYPT, Cairo, 2012/04/13— Riots at the Tahrir Square, joint protest by Muslims and Coptic Orthodox Christians against the ruling military EGYPT, Cairo, 2013/01/26— Protests following death sentences against fans of soccer club Al-Ahly after 75 people died at a soccer match in Port Said stadium FRANCE, Paris, 2015/03/21— Demonstration by ‘sans-papiers’ (illegal immigrants without documents) FRANCE, Paris, 2016/06/17— ‘Cooking pot concert’ against labour law reformation GABON, Libreville, 2017/01/21— Violent anti-dictatorship protests against president Ali Bongo GERMANY, Leipzig, 2015/01/21— Demonstration by right-winged nationalist movement ‘Legida’ (Leipzig’s Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) clashes with counter-demonstration GERMANY, Leipzig, 2015/12/12— Violent conflicts between ‘Legida’ – demonstrators, counter-protestors and police GREAT BRITAIN, London, 2016/06/28— Demonstration against the intended ‘Brexit’ (Britain’s exit from the European Union) GREECE, Athens, 2008/05/22— Protests against austerity policy due to the economic crisis GUATEMALA, Guatemala City, 2015/09/02— Cheering and turmoil in parliament after announced arrest warrant for president Pérez Molina for corruption HONG KONG, Mongkok, 2014/11/29— Midnight protests for free elections, beginning of the so-called ‘Umbrella Movement’ for more democracy HUNGARY, Budapest, 2017/02/02— Protests by oppositional party ‘Együtt’ (Together) against Vladimir Putin visiting Viktor Orbán ICELAND, Reykjavik, 2009/01/21— Protests in front of parliament against government reactions to the financial crisis INDIA, Kashmir, 2016/08/01— Riots after the death of a militant protester killed by security forces INDIA, New-Delhi, 2012/12/29— Demonstrations against violence against women after the death of a rape victim INDONESIA, Jakarta, 1998/05/13— Student protests against the Suharto government, mass unemployment and insufficient food supply IRAN, Tehran, 2009/06/20— Riots within the context of the ‘Green Revolution’, demanding free elections ISRAEL, Tel Aviv, 2011/07/23— Mass demonstrations against increased living costs and social injustice ITALY, Genoa, 2001/07/21— Protests against the G8 summit ITALY, Rome, 2011/10/15— Day of action against bank power ending with violent riots at Piazza San Giovanni JAPAN, Tokyo, 2014/12/09— Student protests against new security bill to expand military powers LEBANON, Beirut, 2015/08/26— Violent protests against continuing trash crisis LIBYA, Tripoli, 2011/07/21— Demonstration in support of Muammar Gaddafi MACEDONIA, Gevgelija, 2015/11/21— Migrants protesting in front of a newly build border fence between Macedonia and Greece MEXICO, Mexico City, 2014/10/08— Protests against police and government after the unresolved disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa NIGERIA, Zaria, 2014/07/25— Protests against the killing of family members and supporters of the Islamic leader Shaikh Ibrahim Zakzaky NORTHERN IRELAND, Belfast, 2013/01/07— Violent riots during protests against the removal of the ‘Union Flag’ (national flag of the United Kingdom) in front of city council POLAND, Warsaw, 2010/05/23— Protest against police violence after a man of African heritage is killed by police ROMANIA, Bucharest, 2017/02/02— Anti-government demonstration after parliamentary election in 2016 RUSSIA, Moscow, 2010/05/29— Gay Pride Parade SERBIA, Belgrade, 2010/10/10— Police action during violent anti-gay riots of right-winged organizations SLOVAKIA, Bratislava, 2015/06/20— Neo-Nazi march against the ‘Islamization of the West in front of Bratislava central station SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town,2007/12/26— Workers ‘protest against increasing unemployment and poverty SOUTH AFRICA, Soweto/Johannesburg, 2013/12/10—Demonstration during funeral service for Nelson Mandela SOUTH KOREA, Seoul, 2016/11/19— Mass protests against president Park Geun-hye because of alleged malpractice and corruption SPAIN, Madrid, 2010/03/06— Protests against cutbacks of research funds by the government SPAIN, Madrid, 2011/06/19— Several demonstrations against austerity, unemployment and corruption converging from various starting points in front of parliament SWITZERLAND, Davos, 2015/01/21— Protests against the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum THAILAND, Bangkok, 2013/12/01— Speeches by opposition party during anti-government protests in front of the Democracy Monument TURKEY, Istanbul, 2013/05/30— Demonstration against demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the last green urban spaces in the city center TURKEY, Istanbul, 2016/07/15— Riots during attempted military coup UKRAINE, Kiev, 2014/02/23— Revolution of Dignity demonstrations at Maidan Square USA, Atlanta, 2016/06/16— Violent protests against presidential candidate Donald Trump USA, Los Angeles, 2011/03/26— Labour union rally against Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions VENEZUELA, Caracas, 2016/05/18— Police chase oppositional protesters after riots during anti-government demonstrations YEMEN, Sanaa, 2011/04/22— Protests against the government, demanding the president to step down