28th October 2016
This autumn’s Klangfest will be held from 28 to 30 October and is dedicated to “The Sound of Europe”. It is part of the project entitled “ECHOES FROM INVISIBLE LANDSCAPES“. This project is in the hands of the newly founded Echo Kollektiv Netzwerk (comprising Enterprise Z, Wieser Verlag publishers, the University of Klagenfurt, Zveza Mink Tolmin and Mani doo) with the support of the EACEA Creative Europe programme and covers the period from 2016 to 2018. The 2-year project challenges the local population and international artists as “agents of cultural reflection” to consider and rethink the status quo of social structures against the background of our relations to our environment in the Alpine Adriatic region b…etween Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
“Landscapes” stands for tangible and intangible heritage, for culture as the basis for individualism and group identity. “Echoes” emanate from individual and collective histories of people and their natural or designed surroundings. Artists and scientists are invited to listen to these echoes, to record and process them. They develop new projects that will then in turn become objects or ideas of resonance themselves and send out their own echoes to a wider audience across local and national borders. This means that the festival serves as a catalyst for further investigation of echoes. ECHOES is a practical and artistic approach to broadening the awareness of culture in society with a view to the Alpine Adriatic region and offering a network model that can be extended to other regions.
Klanghaus Untergreith’s first contribution to this initiative is the project “The Sound of Europe” where sounds, tones and noise were collected on a trip across Europe and compiled to form a sound map of the continent. These recordings made in cities including, among others, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Bucharest, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Lisbon and Brussels reflect the cultural and social diversity of Europe. One central aim of this collection of sounds was to locate artistic and cultural activities that are largely undiscovered and thus “invisible”. “The Sound of Europe” is a sound installation that will be presented at the Sound Gallery of Klanghaus Untergreith on the three festival days. Artists and creatives who entered into resonance on these trips will present their work. The Klanghaus lends itself as the resonating body that amplifies the echoes generated by the agents of cultural reflection and making them heard across geographic regional border.
Participating artists, scientists and curators:
Sofia Härdig (SWE), Zahra Mani (HR/AT/UK), Sanja Popov (SLO), Janez Leban (SLO), Klaus Schönberger (AT), Ute Holfelder (AT), Carlo Mascolo (IT), Forest Floor (AT, NOR, SWE, IRL), Mia Zabelka (AT), Paul G. Smyth (IRL), Stale Liavik Solberg (NOR), Emil Strandberg (SWE), Asferico (ESP), Wieser Verlag (AT)