Performance at: TBA, Thursday 11.5 at 22:00
Artist: Jagoda Szmytka
Voila, that's my life!
(2016, Scandinavian premiere)

"Art and music are inseparable from life." Such is the guiding principle of the manifesto with which Jagoda Szymtka opens Voilà, that’s my life! This experimental project involving violist Stephen Upshaw and programmer Yannick Hofmann explores the continuum existing between music, a unique yet manifold art form, and the daily life of today’s human being. The title of this performance refers to the work by Morton Feldman, The viola in my life, scored for solo viola and small ensemble.  In this piece the string instrument unfolds wide tonal expanses; these become the surfaces on which the other instruments can attach cells of sound. Feldman’s title already brings musical phenomenon and the idea of the human life together. Playfully twisting this title, Jagoda Szmytka goes on to de- and re-compose this articulation, taking the work of the American artist as a musical material and combines it with a variety of images and sounds stemming from several media.

The underlying question is that of contemporary existence, the life of a generation born with the new millennium, always in transit while plugged in to new media. Such upheavals in communication technology have indeed created a new relation to housing, transportation and our daily life at large. In order to better reflect the many aspects of this new way of life in its relation to both musical and artistic gestures, Jagoda Szmytka has written a manifesto, which she displays as an introduction. The performance is divided in seven parts [one for each day of the week], each shedding light on the characteristics of modern life: nomadism, diversity, instantaneousness, the intensity of the moment, the non-linearity of experiences, the blurring of lines between right and wrong. To encompass so many ideas, live video, amplified sound -sometimes recorded or modified- play with space and light, all immerse the audience into unique sensory experience in which humour is on a par with intimacy. At the end of this journey into our daily life, one which should in turn be interactive and fun, the audience is faced with the timeless density of emotions. And suddenly, the return of a non-amplified voice and viola binds the ephemerality of our way of life with unchanging and universal values.

(Alain Perroux, translation: Thomas Besnard).

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