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November 16 – December 1, 2019

The Body Imitates the Landscape

Adi Hollander and Claudio Baroni

The Body Imitates the Landscape by Adi Hollander and Claudio Baroni
November 16 – December 1, 2019
Interactive Sound Installation
Opening November 16 | 15:00 – 17:00
Workshops upon request, weekdays from 18 – 28 November
Zone2Source presents The Body Imitates the Landscape: an interactive sound installation by Adi Hollander – who previously collaborated with Zone2Source in the 2018 exhibition Resonant – and Claudio F. Baroni [see press release  and article Parool (in Dutch)]. From November 16 to December 1 het Glazen Huis in Amstelpark will be home to this exhibition designed in the form of a playground which transforms music into vibrations felt through the entire body. Art lovers, families, seniors and all parkgoers are welcome to walk in and lie down on the installation during the weekends. On weekdays those interested in learning more, including children and the hearing impaired, can participate in special workshops and Hollander’s ongoing research into tactile sound and an archive of sound-memory.
The Body Imitates the Landscape: Young, old, deaf and hearing people can all experience together the joy of physically listening to music in this electronic garden of sound.

Adi Hollander, Ilya Rabinovich, other abilities, exhibition, amsterdam, 2019

Materiality of Sound
Inspired by the Japanese book Karada about the ‘school of the body’ written by Michitaro Tada, artist Adi Hollander has created a sensory experience similar to the textual experience of reading this book: “Every hearing and non-hearing person can experience music with their bodies, but hearing people mostly do not pay attention to the tactile sensations of vibrations. Considering my own hearing ‘limitations’, I created an interactive artwork that emphasizes the materiality of sound.”
Resting upon Vibrations
The audience rests their body on specially designed waterbeds and wooden benches that are embedded with 180 transducer speakers. Arranged like a Japanese garden, ripples of sound emanate audibly, physically and visually outward from these vibrating modules. By listening not only through the ears but using the body as well, the audience experiences an intimate and private relationship with the objects similar to two people sharing a secret.
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Whispering Music
Claudio F. Baroni has written a piece for the MAZE ensemble wherein whispered voices become music, reflecting this intimate relation between audience, sound and object. Emanating from the installation, this composition discloses the hidden harmonies which exist in normal speech, balancing on the tension between the flow of whispered, or ‘un-voiced speech’ and the sustained harmonies which are brought to the surface by the ensemble.
This hushed yet engaging work attempts to address the “body” as an archive of memory through sound, text, gesture, movement, and space.

Additional Dates 2019/2020
CD Release, UNSOUNDS record label
Music CD: available online October 2019
Dutch Design Week 2019, Eindhoven
Installation Preview: October 19-27
November Music 2019, ’s-Hertogenbosch
Installation Premiere: November 1-10
November Music 2019, ’s-Hertogenbosch
Live Concerts by MAZE Ensemble: Saturday 9 November, 16:00 and 19:00
Sencity 2020, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Installation: March 28
More dates in 2020 throughout the Netherlands to follow.

The Body Imitates the Landscape
Sound Installation and Live Concert
for waterbeds, transducer speakers, projection, tape and ensemble.
Artwork: Adi Hollander
Composition: Claudio F. Baroni
Performance/Recording: MAZE Ensemble Anne La Berge | flute, Dario Calderone | contrabass, Gareth Davis | bass clarinet, Reinier van Houdt | keyboards, Wiek Hijmans | electric guitar] with Enric Monfort | percussion
Artist Adi Hollander is co-founder of the Amsterdam-based artist initiative Public Space With a Roof, and holds a MS degree in Art, Culture and Technology from the MIT. In her work, she creates site-specific installations as places of exchange inspired by her fascination with the concept of time in the domain of architecture, as well as with the question of how form and structure allow spectators to actively develop the environments they are part of. Her projects are an attempt to embody a certain complexity of sensory experience, as an alternate form of knowledge about the senses and how we ‘read’ the world around us. Adi Hollander exhibited at Zone2Source in 2018 in the exhibition Resonant
Composer Claudio F. Baroni’s work can be described as a systematic approach oriented towards investigating the nature of sound and the passage of time. He has worked on numerous commissions for internationally renowned ensembles and projects such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag,VocaalLab, Asko Kamerkoor, Nieuw Ensemble, Arditti and Prometeo string quartets. Baroni is based in Amsterdam, he studied composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands with Gilius van Bergeijk, Clarence Barlow, Martijn Padding and Louis Andriessen.
This project is kindly supported by: Mondriaan Fonds, FPK – Performing Arts Fund NL, AFK – Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Creative Industries Fund NL, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: Tijl Fonds and Noord-Holland, Stichting Stokroos, Sound Imports, Jalpath, The Adography, Addon, Agastya Buoyant, CAMIT grant, and The MIT program in Art Culture and Technology project grant.

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