Western Front presents ATTIC ..
..darkness .. feedback .. the creation of cake by sonic currents .. with Anna Friz, Eileen Kage, Roberto Paci Dalò, Jean Routhier, Absolute Value of Noise, and E.D.R.
.. special live stream from Tokyo with Don Chow .. a variety of speakers and microphones are used to turn an attic space into a giant feedback chamber
.. an acoustical remixing device for remote sound streams .. live performance
drawing the sounds of the future from liminal spaces
is a sound and radio artist, writer and scholar who divides her time between Toronto and Montréal. From the childhood fiction of "the little people in the radio" to documentary remixes of live political events, she creates dynamic, atmospheric works equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal interior landscapes.
Friz became actively involved in Canadian independent community radio in 1993, and has consistently programmed a weekly show at either CiTR (Vancouver), CKUT (Montréal), or CKLN (Toronto) ever since, as well as initiating special programming events. She was programme director at CiTR from 1997-2000 where she curated 24 Hours of Radio Art in 1999 and 2000.
Since 1998 Friz has predominantly created self-reflexive radio works for international broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She creates full-length performances and installations utilizing up to four FM transmitters and a multitude of radio receivers, and has presented these and other works at festivals and venues across North America, and in Europe and Mexico: The Clandestine Transmissions of Pirate Jenny (2003), Radio CRTX (2003), The Automated Prayer Machine (with Annabelle Chvostek, 2004), La Vida Secreta de la Radio (2005), and You are far from us (2006). Her radio works have been heard on licensed and unlicensed airwaves across Canada and U.S.A., in Mexico and across Europe, and on national public radio in Canada, Austria, Germany, Danmark and Mexico. She also intermittently hosts Radio Free Parkdale from her house in Toronto.
Anna Friz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Joint Programme in Communications and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities in Toronto, and a free103point9 transmission artist.
is primarily a performer and composer of Taiko. She has been active in Vancouver's Taiko community for 17 years, initiating several groups including Uzume Taiko, Sawagi Taiko and Reijingu Horumonzu. Recently Eileen has started to explore and incorporate digital media in her work.
Roberto Paci Dalo http://giardini.sm/
Italian artist Roberto Paci Dalò belongs to the innovative exponents of the European contemporary arts scene with projects created in music, performing arts, visual arts and film. He lives between Rimini and Berlin and has been recipient of the DAAD Fellowship.
Since 1985 founder and director of the performing arts and production house Giardini Pensili. Since 2006 director of Velvet Factory - space for the arts (Rimini, Italy).
His work has won him international admiration from amongst others, John Cage and Aleksandr Sokurov.
has had audio leanings since his first contact with his family's tape recorder.
Routhier is an audio wrapper, his approach is similar to a store clerk, bagging everything into the sonic essence. Interested in the gaps and gasps in sounds conducive to the transmission of tales he sometimes hears in the ether, Routhier finds inspiration in everyday situations.
Born in Montréal, Québec, where he completed a BFA at Concordia University(1993), he is presently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Absolute Value of Noise
Influenced by Merzbow, the Haters and other denizens of noise-art culture, absolute value of noise takes sound to the extreme. Originating as a radio-art program on CiTR FM, Vancouver (from 1988 to 1992), productions include radio-art, performance, installation, net-art and a variety of collaborative projects. The artist works with feedback, distortion, mechanical devices and hand-built instruments to create both intense collages and minimal sonic threads.