A double screen video & sound installation by Radiomentale
Residency period: April- May 2009
Live cinema event: Koyaanisquatsi, Kinodvor, May 2009
Exhibition: Sonica: Post, June 2009
The installation created a ghostly, surreal, narrative and poetic sound & visual environment, using images mainly taken from silent films from the 30’s and surrealist films from the 20’s (« Sunrise » & « Faust » by Murnau, « The Fall of the Usher House » by Jean Epstein…). Forgotten faces from the past, faces from dead actors and sometimes dead musicians, who seem to communicate beyond space and time, appear in this kind of meta movie.
As usual in our work, the soundtrack would be a collage drawing on an eclectic range of audio sources, including our own electronic ambient compositions, field recordings (here a few seconds of a Philip Glass piece played during a piano concert held in the Galeria in Ljubjana) sound experiments & natural sounds. As usual, the idea is to create, here with film and sound, a very dreamy and immersive space, where fragments of fiction, echoes of forgotten melodies, parts of our common cultural memories (here, cinema) and textured sounds create an effect of a broken narrative work, which has a powerful effect on the perception and imagination of the listener.
Radiomentale are a DJ and sound-artist duo from France. The band can be seen as a Sound-System influencing on the airwaves, clubs, urban spaces, web, galleries & art centers. They work now on very different mediums: environmental pieces for contemporary art exhibitions, movie soundtracks, sound installations, specific sound pieces for radio shows, websites, CDs or urban spaces, multimedia movie performances and also sound-design for bars, hotels & events. They are also pioneers of the “cinemix”.