SOUNDPLAY FESTIVAL 2014, MAN|MACHINE WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, & SOUNDPLAY A-I-R 2015 WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ART+SCIENCE MEETING. PROJECT REALISED BY LAZNIA CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (GDANSK, POLAND) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SKÁLAR | SOUND | ART | EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC (SEYDISFJÖRDUR, EAST ICELAND) & KUNSTHALL GRENLAND (PORSGRUNN, NORWAY).
Soundplay is a project of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, realised since 2012. In the scope of the project they have done a series of workshops dedicated to sound art. Additionally, in 2013 a publication consisting of theoretical texts on sound art was published. The next phase of the project was the Soundplay Festival, which was launched in the last week of June 2014. During five days in Laznia CCA in Gdańsk Lower Town, in the Gdańsk City Gallery 2 and in St. John’s Centre concerts, lectures, workshops and installation presentations took place.
The Soundplay Festival 2014 focused on sound art and presented mainly works dedicated to field recording. Artists from all over the world were invited to take part in the event. Christina Kubisch realised in Gdańsk her 50th, jubilee Electrical Walks – the audience had a chance to listen to the “music” of electromagnetic fields hidden in Gdańsk. The artist also performed a concert by scanning electromagnetic fields of the concert venue. Jana Winderen, who made field recordings at Ptasi Raj reserve during her art residency, also presented a multichannel concert. American artist living in Estonia, John Grzinich, lead a workshop dedicated to listening and the audiosphere, which was concluded with a presentation of the created works.
Jon Wozencroft, founder of the legendary record label Touch gave a lecture during the festival, and together with BJ Nilsen lead a workshop on field recording. Nilsen also played a concert. The audience could also experience Martyna Poznańska’s performance based on field recordings.
The Art Book Orchestra was a project blending performance, sound installation and art books by a Polish/Danish, Iceland based artist Konrad Korabiewski, who also presented the project NS-12 created along with video artist Kristján Loðmfjörð. Beside the concert, performance, lecture and workshop program, an exhibition of sound installations featured works by Kacper Ziemianin, Rudy Decelière and Porcje Rosołowe with Justyna Kociszewska and Małgorzata Słomska. Additionally, Anna Friz was invited as artist in residence to CCA Laznia 2 and Hel Marine Station, where she worked on the project Submergence. Festival Curator: Krzysztof Topolski.
Soundplay 2014 CD album contains a collection of recordings by artists who visited Gdańsk within the framework of Soundplay Festival which took place on 24-29 June 2014. Some of the compositions were created during the festival and can be treated as a sound documentation of the events. Review by Łukasz Komła for Nowa Muzyka.pl
Soundplay Festival was supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and co-financed by Polish funds under the “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” Program.