A kaleidoscopic exploration of extremes in sound, speed and experience
From booming techno music to the subtle sound and line pattern of carefully raked sand. When asked about their favourite bands and performers, this year’s Holland Festival associate artists, the theatre maker Gisèle Vienne and the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, pull out all the stops. There will be a performance by the versatile electro-pop artist, singer-songwriter and film composer Tujiko Noriko as well as music by François J. Bonnet (Kassel Jaeger) and Stephen F. O’Malley (Sunn O)))) that suggests a world simultaneously serene and anxious. But there is also a hallucinatory dance performance from Katia Petrowick in a choreography by Gisèle Vienne herself, which draws you into a different dimension of time. Yuki Kawae’s subtle Zen garden art, on the other hand, brings our awareness back to the present, while the artist Yuko Mohri uses her microphones to bring attention to the smallest acoustic details. Visitors will tour De School in a small group via a set route that takes you past all the various remarkable rooms in the building - from the bike cellar to the old classrooms and courtyard. The various acts can be seen and heard in an order that is different for every group. Every experience is unique, every transition from one room to the next will wake up the senses in some different way.
Tujiko Noriko replaces 404.zero in Short Circuit. The duo 404.zero unfortunately had to cancel due to health reasons.
Tujiko Noriko (Osaka, 1976) is a France-based musician, singer-songwriter and filmmaker. With her experimental electropop she performs worldwide at festivals such as Sonar, Benicassim and Mutek. After being discovered by Peter Rehberg and Christian Fennesz in 2000, she made eighteen albums, including Hard Ni Sasete (2002), for which she received an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica.
Tujiko also writes music for films, dance performances, animations and art installations, and collaborates with musicians such as Peter Rehberg, Nobukazu Takemura and Lawrence English. She worked with theatre maker (and associate artist of the Holland Festival in 2021) Gisèle Vienne on the performances Showroomdummies (2001/2009) and Stereotypie (2003). And she made the music for, among others, the film Kuro (2017), which she also co-produced and co-directed and in which she played a leading role (previously shown in the Holland Festival 2021). In May, the film Surge (Aneil Karia, 2020) was released with music by Tujiko. During Short Circuit she will present music excerpts from this film, supplemented with singing and narration.
François J. Bonnet (Director of INA GRM & operating as Kassel Jaeger) and Stephen O'Malley (of SUNN O))), KTL) initiated a musical collaboration in summer 2018 as a commission from the ATONAL festival at Kraftwerk in Berlin. Followed by their duo album Cylene (2019), and Cylene: Suisse redux (2021). The music suggests a world simultaneously serene and anxious, evoking the calm before or after the storm, without excluding the storm itself from time to time.
François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer, writer and theoretician based in Paris. He’s been a member of the musical research group INA GRM since 2007 and became its director in 2018. He has published several books: The Order of Sounds, The Infra-World, After Death and The Music To Come. He’s the co-editor of the SPECTRES book series, about experimental sound and music, and the Recollection GRM and Portraits GRM record series. He also produces radio shows for national radio France Musique. His music, often presented as Kassel Jaeger, has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world.
Stephen O’Malley (1974) is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone and experimental music groups for over two decades – SUNN O))), KTL, and Khanate being among his best-known projects. Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre is defined by its remarkable complexity and multidisciplinary interests. It includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians, composers and artists, including choreographer Gisèle Vienne, with whom he worked on various projects, including Kindertotenlieder, also part of this years Holland Festival. He also worked with Scott Walker, the authors Dennis Cooper and Alan Moore, Alvin Lucier, Fujiko Nakaya, Jim Jarmusch, experimental music research centers IRCAM, INA-GRM (Paris), EMS (Stockholm) and many others. O’Malley is also a vigorous live performer and has toured around the world since 2003. His live performances feature a reverberating fog of electric guitar minimalism – sorcery that challenges boundaries of space and time.
Yuko Mohri (1980, Kanagawa) is an installation artist that lives and works in Tokyo. She works on installations that detect invisible and intangible energies such as gravity, magnetic and wind. With an artistic background in new-media art, Mohri’s practice engages with circuits and connectivity. She establishes her systems and then steps back, relinquishing her agency—her circuits are left to their own devices. She states that: ‘I prefer gravity, magnetism, light, and wind to control my work.’ In her sound-based assemblages, Mohri’s approach has alluded to experimental artists Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, particularly through their relationship to chance. Her major solo exhibitions include: SP., Ginza Sony Park (Tokyo, 2020); Voluta, Camden Arts Centre (London, 2018); Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance, Towada Arts Center (Aomori, Japan, 2018).
Gisèle Vienne (1976, Charleville-Mézières) is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with the writer Dennis Cooper, among others. Over the past twenty years, her pieces have toured throughout Europe and were regularly performed in Asia and in America. These include I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) in collaboration with Puppentheater Halle and Crowd (2017, Holland Festival 2018). In 2020, together with Etienne Bideau-Rey, she created a fourth version of Showroomdummies at the Rohm Theater Kyoto, originally created in 2001.
Vienne has regularly exhibited her photographs in museums, for example at the New York Whitney Museum, the Centre Pompidou and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires. She published two books together with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle: JERK / Through Their Tears and 40 PORTRAITS 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in February 2012. Her work has led to various publications and the original music of her shows led to several albums. Her latest show L’Étang (‘The Pond’), based on Robert Walser’s short story Der Teich, was created in November 2020 at the TNB in Rennes and will be staged in this year’s Holland Festival edition.
Katia Petrowick was trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. In spring 2021, she’ll be completing her training as a somatic educator through movement (Body-Mind Centering®). Since May 2009, she is co-director of the company L’Embellie Musculaire, with whom she presented CoNg COng coNG, PULL OVER and JOGGING, shows for young audiences. Since 2007, she’s also been working in collaboration, as a performer and/or as an assistant, with Dominique Boivin, Luc Petton, Estelle Clareton and Louise Vanneste, amongst others. In 2015, she joined the company Gisèle Vienne for the rerun of I Apologize and Kindertotenlieder, as well as for the creation of Crowd.
Yuki Kawae grew up in the countryside of Kyoto Japan and presently practices art and design in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States. He is known for making small scaled meditative, handmade Zen Gardens out of sand and stones. Overwhelmed with the chase of life, he started dreaming of having a zen garden as he realized that caring for plants gave him peaceful moments.. Lacking the space, in 2019 he made a small coffee table version and taught himself to create mesmerizing geometrical, organical shapes using a small, wooden rake. Through videos of his creations on Instagram, this soothing proces, originating from the Japanese zen garden tradition, finds a big audience. Kawae: ‘Although the pattern inspirations may be different, the fundamental intention of all patterns is the same. They all start with blank sand, end with a pattern, and get erased. What's left is the experience of focus and clear-mindedness. The process of concentration and exploration of new geometries calms my mind and I find it to be meditative. I am truly grateful to be able to share it. I hope to share more calm moments especially in this current situation of the world.’
- François J. Bonnet & Stephen F. O’Malley
- Yuki Kawae
- Gisèle Vienne/Katia Petrowick
- Yuko Mohri
- Rie Nakajima, Satoshi Hama
- Tujiko Noriko