MEDEA PRESS RESOURCES
Recordings of the Black Sea 2011
SPRING 2012 RELEASE
-the Black Sea
THE BLACK SEA
Medea is a sound journey around the Black Sea.
Medea is an original composition based on recordings of radio waves as well as voice and sound fragments collected by Soundwalk Collective during a two-month crossing in a sailing boat specially equipped with scanners, microphones and high-range aerials.
Medea reaches into Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria and embarks on a sound reading of a region of the world whose quivering beauty remains cruel and obscure – akin to the ancient Medea.
The book follows the sound composition of the CD present in this book and gathers photographs by Stephan Crasneanscki and texts by Arthur Larrue.
Taken at nightfall, the photographs bear witness in a particularly chilling chiaroscuro to the doomed character of the regions explored. As for the texts, they recreate the various stages of the sound piece in the form of a Journal of the Black Sea kept during the expedition.
The ensemble invites the reader to become immersed in the heart of a strange and disquieting universe.
Soundwalk is an international art collective based in New York. Since 2000, they have been nomads of sound, always embarking on improbable journeys, from the desolate land of Bessarabia to the Rub al Khali desert. By exploring and bringing back the sounds of the world that surround us, Soundwalk captures the fragments of a moving reality to create singular sound compositions.
Created by Stephan Crasneanscki who lives and works in New York, Soundwalk has received the “Audie Award” for its collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa in the Bronx and the “Dalton Pen Award” for the Sonic Memorial Soundwalk with Paul Auster at Ground Zero, New York.
Soundwalk has taken part in group exhibitions and realised performances, among them “Paris-Delhi-Bombay”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2011; “Le Son du Nous” with Philippe Stark, Festival International Exit, Maison des Arts de Créteil; 2010, Napoli Contemporary Art Museum; Villa Noailles, Hyères; Singapore Art Museum, 2010; Universal Exhibition, Shanghai, 2010; “Art, Talks & Sensations”, Adu Dhabi Art Fair, 2010.
The Zig Zag series at Dis Voir Editions is directed by Philippe Langlois and Frank Smith. This original editorial space has, through a shift of translation, made sound works exist in the shape of books/records conceived with the artists in order to create artists’ objects that are flexible and innovating.
Click here to download the complete visual preview (10 pgs). Photos by Stephan Crasneanscki, text by Arthur Larrue, layout design by Pascale Willi.