Mikro is a series of improvised
collaborative performances between HC Gilje (video) and Justin Bennett (sound)
that draws its raw material from the immediate surroundings.
Gilje will use a microscope to examine
and capture textures of the various found materials, which are added to a
continuously changing video loop: new images constantly replace old ones.
Organic, mineral, synthetic, processed: dead and live materials come together
in a flicker bonanza.
The modus operandi for the sound in Mikro
is inspired by and similar to Gijle’s video processing techniques. Sounds are
created by manipulating found materials – metal, paper, plant material, stones,
and other objects – to reveal their textures and resonances. Very quiet sounds
are amplified using different kinds of microphones: miniature mics, contact
mics, ultrasonic detectors, etc. The sounds are then processed digitally. Small
memory buffers are filled with audio data, which is then ‘read’ in different
ways: granulation, brassage, delays, rhythmical ‘step sequencers’ and
convolution. Different buffers can send audio to each other so that feedback
loops occur within the software as well as through the loudspeakers and microphones.
Mikro was commissioned for Dark Ecology
HC Gilje (NO) works with real-time
environments, installations, live performance, set design and experimental
video. Gilje’s main interest lies within the perspectives on how different
media resonate within a space, both physically and mentally.