Project Description

Ignaz Schick | Germany

Residency Period:
1 – 14 October 2010

Art Project:
“The Paiva River Collection” | Sound Art, Installation

The idea for my project at Nodar would be to do extensive daily walks and explorations on the entire Paiva River valley and shores for about the first 7 – 10 days of the residency and to collect all kinds of different organic materials which can be found and to bring them back to the studio where I will be doing intensive research & experiments on them to learn and find out about their sonic possibilities. All this activity will be catalogued and documented and a sort of score/list will be compiled which becomes like an archive and pool of possibilities. In the last 4-5 the collected materials will be moulded into two different bodies of work:

1) a sound installation in which an example of each found object will be used. The characteristic of the installation will be similar to Little Stells or Ghosts/Vibrations. The soundmaking objects are mounted to nylon strings which again are connected to the membranes of speakers which transfer the vibration of low sine waves to the strings and put the objects in resonance & vibration…

2) a composition which will be performed live by the artists using entirely found organic materials from the Paiva River region. The performance will be mainly performed with the “rotating surfaces” set-up artists, which means that the objects are played directly on the rotating plate of the turntable and that their resonance & vibrations are just simply amplified with a small condensator microphone. Like this, I want to create a sonic topography of the river valley which is not directly referring to the usual and known soundscape. The idea is more to create a more or less abstract metalevel of a sonic topography from the given environment by having a kind of close-up microscopic view into some of this landscapes natural components and their hidden sonic potentials.

Artistic Biography:

Ignaz Schick is a Turntablist, sound artist, performer and composer. He was born in Bavaria and since the late 1995 he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague” and the blossoming “real time music” scene. He has collaborated with numerous international artists (most notably Don Cherry & Charlemagne Palestine) and toured and performed in clubs & festivals all over Eastern- and Western Europe, Australia, Finland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and USA. He released many albums on several labels and he was part of radio broadcasts and productions for ORF-Kunstradio, ORF-Zeitton, BR2, DLR, DLF, WDR3, DRS2 or Radio Copernicus. Furthermore he has been curating festivals of experimental music from the early 90s onwards (FAM, Erase & Reset, Tim Shifts, The International Turntable Orchestra…).