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(NON)OBSOLETE MEDIA #1

30. 11. 2022 (Wednesday) → 6 p. m. 

(NON)obsolete media is a six-month project in which phonon~ has joined forces with the Ústí nad Labem city Archive, where, among other items, an extensive collection of shellac gramophone records is hidden.The project is structured in several layers: digitization of analogue media, music composition, live performances and theoretical lectures. Artists from the Czech and German art scene are invited to participate in the project. Both internationally established artists as well as locally active ones, namely in Ústí nad Labem and Dresden.

Three events are the public output of the project. During the events there will be presented original compositions created on the basis of archived and digitized sound recordings. The following artists will present their work in the format of live playing and acousmatic compositions in quadraphonic sound: Marie Čtveráčková, Jan Macháček, Iňaki Rocha Echevarria, Jan Krombholz, Moizes Horta Valenzuela, Jan Burian, Vojtěch Groot, Antje Meichsner, Oliver Torr a Polina Khatsenka.
 

Audio performances are accompanied by talks & presentations: a presentation of highlights from the collection’s original owner PhDr. Vladimír Kaiser, a lecture on the development of the multichannel audio by Polina Khatsenka and a lecture on the digitization and archiving of analog media (shellac records, wax cylinders, tape recordings) by Filip Šír. 

In addition to the live presentations by the invited artists, a compilation of the compositions has been created and will be officially launched at the closing event on Tuesday, 13th of December. The compilation is the second release on our newly established label, which can be found at https://phononlabel.bandcamp.com/
All events take place at the House of Arts Ústí nad Labem.
The project is financially supported by the Statutory City of Ústí nad Labem.
phonon~ association would like to thank Petr Karlíček, the director of the Archive of the city of Ústí nad Labem, for the exceptional opportunity and cooperation.