GILLES AUBRY + ERNST KAREL at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Non-Event, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and swissnex Boston present

GILLES AUBRY, performing “Les Ames Amplifiees” (Amplified Souls)
4-channel performances

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m.
Advance - $10 general admission, $8 students/Non-Event members
Night of Show - $15 general admission, $10 students/Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Gilles Aubry, “Les Ames Amplifiees (Amplified Souls)" + Ernst Karel

There will be a post-concert reception with wine, cheese, and other snacks generously sponsored by swissnex Boston.

About the artists

GILLES AUBRY is a Swiss sound artist who has been based in Berlin since 2002. He uses location recordings, audio archives and interviews to create live performances, sound installations, music publications and movies without pictures. Informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production and reception, Aubry’s works generally address issues related to the politics of the audible.

Starting in 2011, Aubry has been a guest artist of the Global Prayers project, carrying on artistic research about the use of audio amplification technology by christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa and Berlin. His installations Pluie de Feu and The Laman Encounter have been presented at NGBK Gallery in Berlin and Camera Austria in Graz in 2011. In 2012 Aubry has been a laureate of the Swiss Art Award competition with these works. His latest movie without pictures “Notes via a Soundscape of Bollywood” has been presented at the House of electronic Arts in Basel in September 2013. Current activities include a research about the sonic materialities of the Paul Bowles’ archive of Moroccan traditional music.

Aubry is also a founding member of Berlin-based experimental noise band MONNO and has released several CD’s under his own name on labels such as Winds Measure, Cronica Electronica, Gruenrekorder and Absinth Records.

ERNST KAREL’s multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.

Recent installations include the ongoing project Hourly Directional Sound Recordings (with Helen Mirra), instantiations of which have been exhibited in the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal and at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, first as a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation for the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, and then as a cinematic work with 5.1 sound.

Current sound projects also include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG, and the location recording collective the New England Phonographers Union. Vilms for which Karel has edited and mixed sound include Manakamana (2013), Leviathan (2012), People’s Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010), and Sweetgrass (2009). His most recent albums composed with location recordings are Materials Recovery Facility (2012), Swiss Mountain Transport Systems (2011), and Heard Laboratories (2010).

About Le Ames Amplifees

“Amplified Souls” is a live sound performance by Gilles Aubry based on his research about the amplified religious soundscape of Kinshasa, DRC, which took place in 2011 for the Global Prayers project.

Aubry improvises on a quad sound system with recordings documenting a spiritual deliverance session at the Libambu Ministry Church. During collective praying sessions involving speaking-in-tongues and a massive sound-system, the church members oppose evil spirits causing various existential problems. The sound, powerful and over-distorted, attests both on their supernatural powers and their capacity for soul amplification… By extension, the performance also questions the devotion of noise music fans and the cultural boundaries of faith, noise and technology.

This program is part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s “New Music from Germany” series