[MASH VIDEO TRILOGY]

video

skin add scratch ('95/'96) 10min 19sec
White Hole ('97) 6min 6sec
Stretched in Dark ('01) 12min 35 sec

concept: MASH
music: Magnus Alexanderson
image: Sachiko Hayashi

 

Two of the most significant artistic media which started in the 20th century were the moving pictures and electronic music. These media had remarkable resemblances in the way of procedure. Recorded on tape, both sound and vision were able to be converted and manipulated through similar techniques such as "cut and paste", "slow motion", "montage", etc. The correspondences between the worlds of Varese and Stockhausen and those of Vertov and Eisenstein are plenty.

Interestingly the media started within larger organisations such as the film industry, academic institutions in USA and national broadcast stations in Europe. This and other economical and technical facts have been overthrown by the home comuter which now makes it possible for any composer and artist to explore the media of digital sound picture. MASH Video Trilogy is a result of this relatively new situation.

The three works- skin add scratch (1996), White Hole (1997), Stretched in Dark (2001)- together form a trilogy of combination of electronic music and moving images.

Our primary concern in creating this trilogy has been to proceed beyond Cage-Cunningham tradition, in which audio-visual co-ordination has been eliminated in order to break up its primal-subordinate co-existence. Our objective has been to re-introduce co-relation between the two components without one element being submissive to the other.

In the trilogy three kinds of moment both in sound and vision can be traced; a) the moment of repetition, i.e., a moment which is repeated exactly or slightly modified: b) the moment of succession, i.e., series of moments with no or little resemblances to or connection with the other parts; c) the moment of progression, i.e., a single extended moment which proceeds with changes and variations within a specific frame of expression and ends without an accentuated sense of finality.

Each element in each piece of the trilogy has different type of the moment described above. The various combinations of these moments between audio and visual experiences can be well traced throughout the trilogy.

Each work of the trilogy can be shown independently as well as a trilogy as a whole.

"Stretched in Dark" was comissioned by the Swedish National Institute for Concerts. The whole trilogy was chosen for a national tour by the same institution and was shown at 8 different cities in Sweden.

Trilogy shown at:

Intermediale, Legnica, Poland, 2006
Pleasure Garden, LA, 2004
Boston CyberArts (911 Gallery, currently renamed to 119 Gallery), 2003
Elektrisk Helg, Malmö, 2001

in addition 8 cities in Sweden organised by the Swedish National Institute of Concerts

presentation:

Elektrisk Helg, The Academy of Music, Malmö, 2001

 

 

 

SKIN ADD SCRATCH
year of production: 1995-6
running time: 10 min 19 sec
thanks: Kosta Economos and Tema K, Univeristy of Linköping

shown separately at:

Nordic Konstfilm Triennial, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, 1997
Fylkingen, Stockholm, 1996
Snittpunkt Festival, Alka Konsthall Linköping, Sweden, 1996

 

 

WHITE HOLE
year of production: 1997
running time: 6 min 6 sec
thanks: Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK

shown separately at:

Vlepo Gallery, Staten Island, NY, USA, 2004
Not Still Art, NY, USA, 2002
County Museum of Östergötland, Linköping, Sweden, 1997
Fylkingen, Stockholm, 1997

 

 

 

STRETCHED IN DARK
year of production: 2001
running time: 12 min 35 sec
Commissioned by the Swedish National Institute for Concerts 2001

shown separately at:

Elektronisk Pingst, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany, 2003
Radiator - New Media Art Festival, Nottingham, UK, 2003
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 2002

The music of Stretched in Dark is included in Magnus Alexanderson's audio CD "Stretched in the Dark" (2006) a publicatioon of EAM label Elektron (www.elektron.nu).