[NetBehaviour] N.K.: Cellule d'Intervention METAMKINE // Antoine Chessex

Manuela Benetton manuela.benetton at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 11:03:19 CEST 2011

With apologies for cross-posting, feel free to forward.*

**N.K. - Berlin
Tuesday, August **30th 2011 *
Doors 21, Concert 22.00 sharp!
Cellule d'Intervention METAMKINE // Antoine Chessex - Nothing *for backtape
and tenore saxophone

*Cellule d'Intervention METAMKINE* is an open-ended group including
musicians and filmmakers researching the dynamic between image and sound.
Founded in 1987 by musician Jérôme Noetinger and filmmakers Christophe Auger
and Xavier Quérel, Metamkine’s concepts have been carried out and performed
in festivals, galleries, rock clubs, cinemas, and contemporary art spaces,
in France, Europe, Canada, and the US. Since 1995, they have developed
collaborations with other groups or artists like Nachtluft (Switzerland),
Kinobits (France), Loophole Cinema (England), Tom Cora (USA), Le Cube
(France), la Flibuste (France), and Voice Crack (Switzerland).

A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed, Metamkine’s
self-termed “musico-cinematic” creations explore the relationship between
image and sound, resulting in work that is at once a performance and its
document. Appearing in a posture reminiscent of a band before the film
screen, Metamkine aims to liberate music from the servitude of cinema, and
the important moment becomes the confrontation on stage. “Working with an
army of 16mm projectors, analog sound equipment, large mirrors and
jerry-rigged doodads, Metamkine manages to construct something spectacular
from the most unlikely of sources. Abstract yet concrete, as aggressive as
it is lulling, a performance by Metamkine lives and grows in the memory long
after the show has ended.” - Andrew Lampert of Anthology Film Archives.

Jérôme NOETINGER, electroacoustic devices.
Christophe AUGER, projectors 16mm.

Xavier QUÉREL, projectors 16mm.


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*Nothing* for backtape and tenor saxophone performed by *Antoine Chessex*

Nothing features a sonic structure for tenor sax, quadraphonic or stereo
system and backtape.
The fusion of the prerecorded textures, the live acoustic signal performed
in real time and its sonic shadow on tape result in a grand cluster of
strong beatings describing the acoustic geometry of the space. The piece is
meant to be confronted with different types of spaces and architectures.

Nothing was premiered at the Sophiensaele, Berlin, for the Sololala festival
in december 2009 and has been performed at the Meteo festival in Mulhouse in
august 2010.
Further executions of this work are planned in 2011.
Antoine Chessex *is a composer and sound artist born in 1980 in Vevey,
Switzerland, with a background as a saxophone player and performer. His
sonic researches include compositions for ensembles, solo works and sound
installations. Chessex´s works are based on the exploration of the
physicality of sounds and spaces and deal with acoustic as much as
electronic and electroacoustic mediums. His solo works feature dense layers
of sustained pitches reacting with the architecture of the space or massive
clouds of amplified sax resulting in intense live actions in total immersion
in the sound. He presents his works worldwide and appears at numerous
international festivals and venues in the U.S.A, Russia, Japan, China and
all around Europe.

*Elsenstr. 52
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin Neukölln
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