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Three Sound-Sculptures for Choir

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Vocal Constructivists present "Three Sound-Sculptures for choir” by Wojtek Blecharz based on Katarzyna Kobro's Spatial Composition no 4,5 and 6.

This newly commissioned work transforms four sculptures by the constructivist artist Katarzyna Kobro (1898–1951) into musical compositions. The most significant features of Kobro's "Spatial Compositions" such as color, proportions, ratio etc. were translated by the composer into musical structures and sound actions that will be performed/composed by the choir in real time.

Drawing on the ideas of the Polish interwar avant-garde, performers explore theories of Unism and Functionalism for a site-specific performance in the Swiss Church. The composer Wojtek Blecharz and art curator Kasia Sobucka lead the Vocal Constructivists in a live installation influenced by the text Kobro authored with Władysław Strzemiński, Composing Space: Calculating Space-Time Rhythms (1931). Expanding Unism’s four arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, and typography) to include sound and movement broadens visual art’s ability to achieve unity with the place of its creation. This performance offers 21st-century audiences a way to experience directly the early 20th-century utopian belief in the ability of art to organize life and its functions.

The Polish Constructivists placed great emphasis on geometrical forms and on modern technologies to access ideal special harmonies. This performance projects these ideas both literally and metaphorically. Using cutting-edge technology, 3D-scanned images of the sculptures will be shown in the performance, with sounding events taking place behind, alongside, and in front of the projections.

Like music, sculpture impacts air molecules with its physical presence, which makes it particularly well suited to a multisensory spatialized interpretation. The Vocal Constructivists articulate not only the external borders of Kobro’s sculptures but also the inside, made accessible to the audience via the projections. The interior connects with the exterior in an open rhythm that begins with the sculpture, moves out into the space, and finds resonance in the venue. An open rehearsal will allow the public to witness first hand this unprecedented sonic “reading” of sculpture and architecture ahead of the 15th December performance.

Tickets on the door: £15

*Commissioned for the JEMP: MECHANICAL an experimental music festival inspired by Polish Constructivism, curated by Kasia Sobucka and designed specifically for the Swiss Church.
Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022, as part of the "Cultural Bridges" subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.*
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