intermedial composition for ensemble in 6 groups, 18 screen-modules and live electronics by BRICE PAUSET and AROTIN & SERGHEI (2021) – tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Clip Vienna Konzerthaus (Centre Pompidou Version)
Klangforum Wien ensemble
Titus Engel conductor
AROTIN & SERGHEI live video
Benjamin Lévy IRCAM Computer Music Design
Sylvain Cardas IRCAM Sound Engineering
Peter Böhm sounddesign Vienna Konzerthaus
Production music: WDR / Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik / Ernst von Siemens Stiftung / Ircam-Centre Pompidou / Klangforum Wien. Produktion Vienna: Klangforum Wien, Koproduktion Wiener Konzerthaus und Wien Modern. Production of the installation: AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art Berlin / Infinite Screen Paris in cooperation with Klangforum Wien, WDR Köln, Festival ManiFeste 2021, Ircam Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, in partnership with Galerie Espace Muraille, Gallery W&K Vienna-New York

For the artist duo AROTIN & SERGHEI and the composer Brice Pauset, Hitchcock’s Vertigo is an occasion to reflect on the perception of signals, sign language and on the Infinite Screen – the image matrix of our time. In the pluridisciplinary project developed together with Klangforum Wien, WDR and IRCAM – Centre Pompidou Paris, elements of Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece are transformed into a new intermedial musical and visual composition. Starting from the shock scenario at the beginning of the film and the masterpiece’s colour symbolism, the artists lead the viewers through a hypnotic course, like an endless zoom, through a sequence of 12 immersive sound and image worlds, into a microcosm of neurons, pixels and splintered sound particles. In doing so, they expose the DNA of cinematographic narrative structure and open up traditional thought patterns to multidimensional perspectives with their new language of signs, images and sound. For Brice Pauset, Hitchcock’s Vertigo represents “the quintessence of what cinema owes to psychoanalysis, transforming this relationship into an intense parable of cognition”. His work follows the film in many details: “The mock plot, the Pygmalion effect, the obsession with repetition, the regressive fascination of the legend and the

Parallel to the concert, in Paris, the installation AROTIN & SERGHEI Infinite Light Columns, hommage to Brancusi is shown on the place in front of Centre Pompidou until 7 November. In Vienna Galerie Wienerroither & Kohlbacher shows drawings and intermedial paintings by AROTIN & SERGHEI as part of the Infinite Screen cycle.

23 April 2021 – live streaming / video version WDR Festival “Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik”
3 June 2021 – live performance Festival ManiFeste2021 Big Hall – Centre Pompidou Paris
3 June – 7 November 2021 – complementary installation Infinite Light Columns Centre Pompidou Paris
16 – November 2021 – live performance Festival Wien Modern 2021 – Great Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna
15 November – 10 December 2021 complementary exhibition at Gallery W&K Vienna

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