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A Dense, Crepuscular Gathering: Myrkir Músíkdagar / Dark Music Days, Reykjavík 26.-28.1.2017
Text: Lauri Supponen Photos: Arnar Sigurbjörnsson Dark Music Days is a festival of contemporary music organized annually by the Icelandic Composers’ Society. During this darkest period of the year, the city of Reykjavík provides a unique surrounding for contemplating and experiencing a quite challenging programme. Light has an almost sacred status. Sound – luckily – doesn’t. It is scrutinized, let loose and poked at from all corners. Over 50 pieces by over 30 composers were presented during the festival. The performers were called
Jenna Jauhiainen We, the editors of this number, decided to work independently in commissioning texts. In retrospect I can say that I went after artists touched by the hard sciences, although rather unconsciously or at least accidentally. I began my search by asking a Lithuanian friend and artist Gabriele Gervickaite if she knew anyone from Lithuania who could contribute something interesting. She sent me a short list on which I found the name of Julijonas Urbonas, who, as it turned out, had just began his residency at CERN. When it come
For the Love of Plants
Essi Kausalainen, Travelers, 2016, performance for Bildmuseet, Umeå. Text and Image: Essi Kausalainen Sometimes the things we are looking for appear in places and moments we least expect. One such case for me was meeting the researcher Uta Paszkowski of Cambridge University. When asking her, “What are your most important tools as a scientist?” the reply was immediate and intent: ”Imagination and gut feeling.” A warm flush waved through my chest. It is not that I needed a scientist to convince me of the importance of bodily kno
Great Science for Great Arts & Great Arts for Great Science: A brief diary of an artist residency at CERN
Dating on @atlasexperiment detector A photo posted by @julijonas on Oct 20, 2016 at 6:18pm PDT Text and images: Julijonas Urbonas 2016 “Great Arts for Great Science”, says Arts@ CERN programme. It is so great and yet so responsible to be selected to represent Great Arts on behalf of Lithuania.(1) Even more dramatically such a privilege is addressed to Great Science! Let alone the huge competition and very few who get selected each year. Being so fortunate and having just a month, I wonder how can I maximise my time at Accelera
The Rise of Vertical Films from Clumsy Accidents towards High Culture
Text: Tytti Rantanen In the 2010s, everyone is holding a smartphone. But most of us do not bother turning their hand in a horizontal position when filming a nephew playing the ukulele or a friend performing skateboard tricks. We share a video with an aspect ratio 9:16 – narrow and high. Vertical videos are part of our everyday mediascape. It would feel trivial to even write about them, had they not provoked so much objections: moving images should be horizontal, because it has always been. Meanwhile, open-minded artists are already experi