UnStumm, Cologne, September 5

UnStumm-PosterUnStumm is a collaborative project by filmmakers, video artists and musicians from Istanbul and Cologne. UnStumm aims to produce improvised performances of film and music.  It is the brainchild of Korhan Erel and Nicola Hein, who are also the organizers and curators of the event. It is funded by the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. It will take place at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, which has kindly provided its facilities to the project.

Besides the artistic goals of this project, it also aims to bring together creative minds from Istanbul and Cologne together to increase awareness on the progressive scenes of these two cities, and more importantly, to pave the way for future collaborations between these scenes.

The artists in UnStumm are (in alphabetical order):

Sena Başöz, filmmaker
Çağdaş Dinç, filmmaker
Anıl Eraslan, musician (cello)
Korhan Erel, musician (computer)
Nicola Hein, musician (guitar)
Luis Negron, video artist
Matthias Neuenhofer, video artist
Angelika Sheridan, musician (recorders)

These artists will work in two teams to develop a loosely structured but mainly improvised performance on September 2-4 and present it at the main hall of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne on September 5 at 20:00. Entrance to the event will be free.

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About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. They can be as simple as one single sample being played using a Nintendo Wii controller to a complex system that employs granular synthesis and spectral processing. The instruments are played interactively using Nintendo Wii controllers (Korhan’s choice of controller when he plays in ensembles with acoustic/electric instrument players), an iPad (used in solo/duo performances as well as ensemble concerts) and several midi controllers. No matter what technology he uses, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes. Korhan is the co-curator (with Nicola Hein) of UnStumm, a project that brings video artists and musicians from Germany and one other country for audiovisual improvised collaboration. Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam, where he studied use of sensors in music performance and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011. Korhan has seven CD releases on Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several netlabel releases. He performs regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with his projects in Germany and Holland.
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