Play it weird!
In the framework of Žiroskop project, the third edition of AND Fair – Abandon Normal Devices will take place on September 6th and 7th, at Youth Cultural Centre Palach and Kružna Street. Visitors of former editions will know that they can expect an event which gathers unusual devices and hacked everyday household objects. The idea of the Fair is to explore new and challenge conventional views of technology, as well as to encourage visitors to develop a way of thinking that involves abandoning user manuals and adjusting devices to their own needs and interests. Through interactive installations, workshops and audio-visual performances, the Fair offers a great chance to get insight into the fascinating imagination of our fellow citizens, neighbours near and far, who hack the devices from everyday household and transform them into wondrous objects that fascinate us, make us laugh and open up some new perspectives on their use.
This year’s Fair will bring bunch of peculiar devices, with special focus on weird DIY music instruments. Among other guests of the Fair, we are happy to welcom Yuri Landman, a Dutch inventor of musical instruments and musician who has made several experimental electric instruments for a number of artists, including the guitar players of Sonic Youth.
Photo: Kristijan Vučković / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)
You are also invited to sign up to three interesting workshops. Zagreb-based design collective Oaza will hold a workshop entitled On-site in the Future, whose participants will imagine the possible state of Rijeka’s urban space in the near future, affected by destructive actions of humans and forces of nature. Above mentioned Yuri Landman will lead two workshops, Yuri Föhn Home and Building your own Electric Kalimba, which shouldn’t be missed by music lovers!
Find out more about the workshops in the text below:
OAZA : On-site in the Future
workshop / design, sound, text
September 4th – 6th, 10am – 17pm
The workshop will have focus on visual and audible research and archiving of the urban environment and different spaces in Rijeka, anticipating how
these spaces could look like in the near future, due to various changes caused by human presence and the effects of natural forces and elements.
The archive of these elements, forces and their interactions, composed of traces in the form of objects, imprints, sounds and images gathered on site, will serve as a starting point for designing thought experiments, or rather, stories and scenarios in the form of text.
Using analog and digital media, and design and audio tools, these narratives will then be used for designing prototypes of possible scenarios of the near future, serving as triggers for discussion topics.
During the work process, which has the aim to predict man-initiated destructive changes of the city’s physical space in the near future, some methods of speculative and experiential design will be employed.
Workshop is open for all interesed in design, art, sound and writing. It will be held at Youth Cultural Centre Palach from September 4th-6th, from 10am-5pm.
Workshop is led by Nina Bačun and Ivana Borovnjak (OAZA / design), in collaboration with Nikola Kos (sound) and Vedrana Klepica (dramaturgy).
Participation is free and you can sign up by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAZA design collective (Nina Bačun, Ivana Borovnjak, Roberta Bratović, Tina Ivezić, Maja Kolar, Maša Poljanec), was established spontaneously in 2013 and since 2014 it is formally active as Oaza Art Organisation. The authors share a reflective approach to work, as well as continuous engagement on projects commissioned by the independent cultural scene. Since formally joined, Oaza launched two large-scale project initiatives (Ilica Project and S ruke na ruku (Handed down), and have been continually pursuing projects involving visual communications design, design research, curatorial design concepts, product and service design as well as set design, often as expanded cross-disciplinary teams-work.
Yuri Landman : Yuri Föhn Home
Monday, September 9th, 5 – 7 pm
Participants will hack an old phone into an old fashioned crispy ‘radio voice microphone’. The ear part will become the mic. The phone mic comes with a kill switch allowing you to create vocal stuttering and a jack plug so you can hook it up in an guitar pedal or guitar amp.
Workshop will last for two hours max. Sign up by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Yuri Landman : Building your own Electric Kalimba
>>> WORKSHOP IS FULL 🙁
Tuesday, September 10th, 5 – 8 pm
Kalimba is an interesting African instrument, maybe better known as “thumb piano”. It comes in different shapes with many names – Kalimba, Likembe, Mbira, Sansu – which essentially come from the same family of instruments, but differ in tone and the arrangement of keys.
Workshop participants will build an electric version of a 6-tone Kalimba. Unlike the traditional African ones, this instrument will have a guitar pickup, allowing it to be hooked up with an amp to make LOUD sounds!
Workshop is planned for up to 10 participants and will last for three hours max.
UPDATE: the workshop is full
Yuri Landman (1973) is a musician and an inventor of musical instruments. Based on prepared guitar techniques, he built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of instant preparations. He has build experimental for acts such as Sonic Youth, dEUS, Melt-Banana, Rhys Chatham, Ex-Easter Island Head, Half Japanese, Kaki King and others.
Besides performing and inventing instruments, his main co-activity is giving instrument building courses and lectures. Since 2009 he has given over 200 DIY-instrument building workshops in Europe and the US at music festivals, music academies, art academies, concert venues and art spaces. In 2012 Yuri Landman and Bart Hopkin published Nice Noise, a book about string preparations and extended techniques for guitar. In the same year he started his band Bismuth with Arnold van de Velde as well as doing solo performances. In 2017 he was commisioned by the sound art org iii to develop the motorized sound art installation Helicopters.
Institutes such as MIM (Phoenix), Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, WORM, Extrapool, Radiona, Matrix, Sonoscopia own collections of his instruments. Articles about his work have appeared in Pitchfork, The Guardian, CNN, Libération, El País, Frankfurter Algemeine, and many others.
Yuri Landman and his instruments
Nositelj projekta Žiroskop je Udruga Drugo more, a partneri na projektu su Grad Rijeka, Savez udruga Molekula, Udruga Filmaktiv, Udruga Ri Rock i Udruga Prostor plus. Svrha projekta je razvoj i osnaživanje civilno-javnog partnerstava u upravljanju prostorima Filodrammatice i Omladinskog kulturnog centra Palach.
Projekt ukupne vrijednosti 2.416.102,66 kuna financira Europska unija s 2.053.687,26 kuna u okviru Operativnog programa Učinkoviti ljudski potencijali iz Europskog socijalnog fonda, i sufinancira Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske u iznosu od 362.415,40 kuna.
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