2nd ed. Green LP
2CD + digital
festival show

The Indians is an audiovisual project of visual artist Ludomir Franczak & sound artist Robert Curgenven and based entirely on video tapes found in a Polish secondhand shop. These private recordings of an elderly German couple living in the eastern part of the country were made shortly after the demilitarisation following the fall of the Wall. After purchasing their camera they familiarise themselves with the techniques of filming: they record their apartment, the view from the window, each other, the TV. Frames are long and static. On first impression these images resemble photographs, still and unmoving, belying their uncanny animation and unusual action sequences. Curgenven and Franczak chose to rearrange these images to follow the formula of narrative construction in Hollywood screenwriting. The narration is shown on two screens, and the plot suddenly mixes with a live plan created in a small paper theater - additionally emphasizing the unravelling blockbuster while adding a new dimension. Both sound and picture are created live during the show.

The Indians has been shown/performed at Audio Art Festival (Krakow, Poland), Kolonia Artystow (Gdansk, PL), Centrum Stzuki Galeria El (Elblag, Poland), BWA Contemporary Art Gallery (Zielona Gora, PL) Theatre Szwalnia (Lodz, PL), DDK (Lublin, PL)

the indians from l.f. on Vimeo

The acoustic architecture of Robert Curgenven and Richard Chartier forms a delineation of space built through dismantling the constitution of internal and external. Beyond dividing space, creating a façade or habitable zone, the perceptibility of the surface is turned back in on itself and with it a shift in the ideological and social context of the space. A seamless integration of digital and analogue, a suffusion which creates a mutual modulation, transforming purpose chosen materials – dense, undulating foundations through to stratified filaments and needle-point framework – defining the approach, the entry, the walk-through, the departure.

Their studio works to date span reprocessed digital electronics, pipe organ, unprocessed and reprocessed field recordings, compositions  and improvisations for turntables, linear series dubplates and guitar feedback.

Richard Chartier (b.1971), sound and installation artist, is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist electronic sound art which has been termed both "microsound" and Neo-Modernist. Chartier's minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself. Chartier's sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America at digital art/electronic music festivals and exhibits. In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE and has since curated its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by international sound artists/composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism. In 2010 he was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. 

TSU is the duo of Jörg-Maria Zeger (DE) and Robert Curgenven (AU) drawing on the raw physicality of sound, described as being “like riding on the front of a ship into a storm.” Their first collaboration “Largo Cappriccioso” features on “Oltre” (2010, LINE/12K). 

TSU has performed on tours of Germany, Poland, Denmark and UK including: Define Festival (Sonderborg/Denmark), Mikro_Makro Festival (Slupsk/Poland), Café Oto, (London), UT Connewitz (Leipzig/Germany), Mozg (Bydgoszc/Poland), Raum 18 (Berlin/Germany) and  Gallery Entropia (Wroclaw/Poland).

Jörg-Maria Zeger (1962) is a veteran guitarist of the Berlin scene since the 1980s, collaborating with Burkhard Beins and Ignaz Schick (as Perlonex since 1998) and Charlemagne Palestine (since 2004) and Toshimara Nakamura, Olaf Rupp, Chris Abrahams and Keith Rowe amongst others. He has performed at major international festivals across Europe, Russia, Canada and Australia.

Robert Curgenven (1974) has been based in Europe since 2008 after ten years in remote areas of Australia, creating a unique sound that draws on this powerful landscape, incorporating custom dubplates, feedback and fieldrecordings. He has performed and exhibited throughout Australia and Europe. 

Visceral subsonics underscore the obsidian distillation of pipe organ and ARP 2600 synth

Black Lines is the studio and live duo of Jonny McHugh and Robert Curgenven

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Jonny McHugh (b. 1981, UK) is a musician living in London. McHugh plays a range of instruments including analogue synths, guitar, piano, mixing desks, and computers. Key elements in his sound involve low frequencies, high volume, and long duration. He gained an MMus in electroacoustic composition at Goldsmiths, University of London, 2009.

"...on par with Deathprod/early Thomas Koner constructions" (Aquarius Records, San Francisco USA)

"...everything seems to progress much slower than we might normally expect them to" (The Watchful Ear, UK)

Jonny McHugh at Discogs

Overhead-projection artist Katrin Bethge and sound artist Robert Curgenven explore the relation between the physical and immersive nature of light and sound - mediated only by the air and electricity which amplify their movement. The performance space is transformed into shifting constellations of physical vibration.

air+electricity live at Mikro_Makro Festival in Slupsk, Poland, 6th December, 2008 from recordedfields on Vimeo.

air+electricity has been performed at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Nachtstrom (Basel), Mikro_Makro festival (Slupsk), Radial System V (Berlin), Die Remise Sommercamp (Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin), White Rabbit (Berlin) Kuehlhaus (Flensburg), Skam Gallery and Kultwerk (Hamburg), Lothringer (Munich) and Kultiviert Anders (Leipzig).

Katrin Bethge (1970) is a freelance illustrator and projection artist, working since 1999 with the staging virtual spaces of light and projection. Her overhead projections have accompanied projects in the fields of dance, theatre, music, photo exhibitions and actions in urban space. She has worked internationally including with dance performances at Kunsthaus and Kampnagel in Hamburg as well as on the HafenSafari in the port of Hamburg and produced audiovisual concerts with music by electro-acoustics and classical instrumentation

extract of air+electricity performance with Katrin Bethge (overhead projectors) and Robert Curgenven (field recordings + roomtone manipulations)

Overhead-projection artist Katrin Bethge and sound artist Robert Curgenven explore the relation between the physical and immersive nature of light and sound - mediated only by the air and electricity which amplify their movement. The performance space is transformed into shifting constellations of physical vibration.

air+electricity has been performed at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Nachtstrom (Basel), Mikro_Makro festival (Slupsk), Radial System V (Berlin), Die Remise Sommercamp (Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin), White Rabbit (Berlin) Kuehlhaus (Flensburg), Skam Gallery and Kultwerk (Hamburg), Lothringer (Munich) and Kultiviert Anders (Leipzig).

Robert Curgenven (1974) works with harmonics, textures and resonance as articulated not only through instruments/objects, in space and place, but also in time and the dislocation of the remote,  exploring slowly shifting layers in the fabric of fields of perception. Creating vast landscapes from carefully detailed recordings through to immersive resonances via deft manipulations of sound pressure, he has performed throughout Europe and Australia as well as exhibiting group and solo work in Germany, Italy, Poland, France. New York, London and Australia.