[spectre] ELEKTRODIENOS: unidentified audio object

raimundas m acidfiction at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 24 14:28:05 CET 2004

ELEKTRODIENOS: unidentified audio object (at the speed
of the mix) 

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius www.cac.lt
March 4 - 5 - 6, 2004 

Rosa Barba (Cologne), ciutausk at yahoo.com (Kaunas /
Marijampole), Club Mikshys (Vilnius), Deadbeat
(Montreal), Egle (Vilnius), Kiwa & Andres Loo
(Tallin), Nathalie Bruys aka KODI (Amsterdam), Ignas
Krunglevicius (Oslo), Byungjun Kwon & Ge-Suk Yeo
(Seoul), Loop-Not-Loop (Vilnius),
Korb/Instancija/Skiox (Vilnius), Kaffe Matthews
(London), Monolake (Berlin), Mouse on Mars (Dusseldorf
/ Cologne), Neva (Vilnius), Jonas Ohlsson (Amsterdam),
Overtone (Vilnius), Alexej Paryla (Berlin), pb8
(Vilnius), Pink Twins (Helsinki), Gintaras Sodeika
(Vilnius), Sutekh (San Francisco), Stewart Walker
(Boston / Berlin), zw-x (Vilnius)


a selection of some of the most innovative
sound-artists will be invited to the Contemporary Art
Centre in Vilnius www.cac.lt to produce what will be 2
days and 3 nights of undefined frequencies at the
speed of the mix.


City: Vilnius is a patchwork of different cities,
constructed in different periods through different
visions of a present-future, sets of streets often
refer to streets in other neighborhoods, sometimes in
other cities, possibly with other purposes or headings
in mind. The capital of one of the former Soviet Union
republics is an open field for liberal democracy to
interact with the heritage of communist planning, yet
before the major investments of global capital has
reached the city, a bronze monument for anarchomposer
Frank Zappa stood up in one of the squares as a homage
for anarchy that never sleeps.

Venue: The Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
www.cac.lt., often functions as a platform for
difference, sometimes inviting the unassimilable or
unthinkable into the centre to engage the public in a
discussion about the changing role of culture in
everyday life. During the Elektrodays CAC will become
a sputnik, travelling to the zone of undefined
frequencies, unrestricted speed and unidentified sound

Space: the big room is a rectangular space of 1000
square meters that will contain two high platforms
with separate sets of turntables / desktops.

9 pm - 3 am, march 4 - 6: three days;

(the logic of the mix)

There are a number of reasons for this particular
concept of Elektrodienos. First, there's a
technological aspect since all the artists invited use
of electronic technology and simple, widely available
tools like laptop, thus bringing the production of
music/art into a democratic participation of everyone.
At the same time there's a certain scale of technology
ranging from custom-made software to Theremin and

The logic of the event is comparable to logic of the
mix, but it encompasses more than sound tracks or
different sound cultures, it's about horizontal and
self-regulation-based mixing of:

- sound with vision;
- sound/vision with architecture;
- dj’s with dj's;
- dj’s with artists;
- artists with artists;
- aesthetics with politics;
- academy with club;
- theory with body,
- life with live.

Mix is the tool of experiment, experience and
interpretation, involving established artefacts and
not yet public sensations into a self-deconstructing
flow. Rhythm A mixes with rhythm B, inventing a new
rhythm X while a performer A becomes B by playing the
laptop of a performer X.  Thus, the event invents not
only new cultures of sound but also figures producing


“Remixology doesn’t replace a track so much as
proliferate it into parallel alterdimensions. 
Remixology is the science of continuation and the art
of drastic remaking, total remaking, remodelling.”
(Kodwo Eshun)

Live remix is not the last intention of Elektrodienos.
"Music is always the first” (Dennis Cooper)


What is your motivation for this event?

The basic idea of inviting audio-artists to The CAC
Vilnius is rather simple: we want to introduce
experimental and cutting-edge artists that transcend
both dance-club and academic industries (and thus do
not obtain their niche here) for Vilnius audience. The
focus is rather on producers and artists (sometimes
working as DJs) of experimental electronic music who
are trying to extend the concept of music as well as
construct new ways of its experience via different
technological channels and methods. The solutions
discovered in electronic music often become a source
of avant-garde recipes and strategies to more
conservative practices such as art and cinema. The
remix of an audio track can be released before the
original itself, a performer can multiply via
different heteronyms and conceive products that have
nothing in common (thus ensuring the freedom of
multi-ego in the culture industry ruled by the tyranny
of brands and signature), and the most complex piece
can be produced without leaving a bedroom. This is
just to say that electronic music isn’t only the place
of aesthetics but also of political invention despite
all its trivialisation by commerce.

Do you have any theoretical grounds for this

In a recent talk in New York, the philosopher Alain
Badiou spoke about art as a process of purification as
opposed to one of pure rupture (as the art and music
worlds would often have you believe), a passage
whereby ideas, possibilities, or more specifically
problems are  played out. What remains irrefutably one
of the greatest stories from the culture of “the mix”,
is not only its ability to find the new inside the
old, but also its ability to physically embed the old
within the new and in doing so, preserving, even
foregrounding this passage Badiou describes.  

What do you mean when you write mixing ‘life with

Coming to the event may answer many of these
questions, particularly the latter.

Who program the event?

The Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius &  GOIO: Group of
Independent Observers (Vilnius)

Where is the after-party going to take place?

Each night at Intro club in Vilnius www.intro.lt.

Raimundas Malasauskas & Rene Gabri

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