John Grzinich (US/Estonia) has worked since the early 1990s as an artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, moving image, site-specificity, and collaborative social structures. He has performed and exhibited in North/South America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published on a host of international labels. The focus of his work in recent years has been to combine sound and listening practices with various media to challenge age old anthropocentric perceptions of the world we inhabit. He is currently a visiting Associate Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts and a visiting professor of Sound Design at RISEBA University in Riga.
Wind Harps or Aeolian Harps made by John are analog devices, weather responsive, instruments that make air movement audible. The wind harps at Copper Leg Art Residency are designed to respond to a wide variety of conditions such as wind speed and direction. These conditions in turn affect the tonality, harmonics and loudness of the sound. The open field is an ideal context to which the harps dynamically respond with varied sounds, encouraging the listener to broaden their sensory experience of this environment.
We will open the wind harps created by John in Copper Leg at this Wednesday’s MiniFest:
Artist’s website: http://maaheli.ee/main/
Wednesday 26.08.2020 / 18:00 – 22:00
In the last week of August, we will respectfully set off the soon-to-end summer with art and music. The musical part of the one-day mini-festival is curated this time by the Estonian Electronic Music Society and Taavi Kerikmäe, under whose surety the ensemble EMA will perform, several improvisations are expected to take place and Hans Gunther Lock, Villem Jahu, Raul Keller will perform with electronic solo performances.
The artistic part is fulfilled by the summer residents of Copper Leg Art Residency, John Grzinich with wind harps and a sculptural object by Rodolfo Liprand. In the twilight of the attic, Janno Bergmann generates cosmic associations with his exhibition “Cosmic Kitchen”.
NB! In addition to all this, Copper Leg Art Residency is celebrating 3 years of activity on that same midweek day, hip-hip, hurray!
- Estonian Electronic Music Society Ensemble EMA
- Opening of John Grzinich (USA / EST) sound installation
- Opening of a sculpture by Rodolfo Liprandi (ITL / POL)
- Improvisations in outrageous formations and with numerous electrically operated instruments
- Electronic solo performances: Hans Gunther Lock, Villem Jahu, Raul Keller
- Janno Bergmann’s exhibition “Cosmic Kitchen” is open to the public throughout the event
The event is free of charge!
The event is supported by Tanker Brewery
Event location: https://goo.gl/maps/joLxmtUGtezavhgB9
Public transportation: https://goo.gl/maps/JRebvAssXQ6KqMjJ8
Saturday 04.07.2020 at the Copper Leg Art Residency
14:30 Opening of Raul Keller’s photo exhibition
15:00 Post Horn live
Raul Keller is an Estonian interdisciplinary artist working with site-specific improvisation since 2000 both in performative and installative context. He has focused on radiophonic experiments and text, lo-fi technologies, and DIY cultures with an emphasis on the process. In 2014 Keller filled the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia with a total sound installation with his solo show What You Hear Is What You Get (Mostly) and in 2019, a site-specific installation Girl In The Sewer was arrested and taken custody from the entrance of the same institution.
In recent years he has focused on performing as a solo artist on modular synthesizers and with a free impro noise duo Post Horn (w/ Hello Upan), generating and publishing text and keeping experimenting with analog photography.
For Copper Leg Art residency he built a darkroom enlarger to be used with his mobile phone and decided to make a test series from moving images. Three small series have emerged from that process that will be presented, although the digital origins have mostly already vanished from the pieces.
Post Horn is a free impro noise duo with Raul (modular synthesizers, objects, percussion) and Hello (electric violin, objects, loopers) regarding the origins of their collaboration in a Project Unison album DOHC from 2004. Working together from 2007 with Katrin Essenson, they formed the trio LokaaRaadio for radiophonic experiments on stage that gave performances in various settings traveling as far as Sao Paolo Biennial in 2012 as part of the festival radio project. In 2017 the project reformed as a duo and renamed themselves Post Horn (after the horns of Jericho) and published their first LP Pacific MKDKVNL0035. At Vaskjala concert they will be making a public recording for their upcoming LP at the end of this year
Artist’s website: https://raul.keller.ee
The event is part of the Tallinn Biennale in Vaskjala. You can find the complete program here:
Festival bus tickets are available here:
13:30 – 17:30 Opening of the summer season at Copper Leg Art Residency, sound art event and Copper Leg Cookbook presentation.
We will start our summer season with a sound art event where the list of performers is very dignified, and sound bathing should satisfy more refined tastes. Completely composed works will be performed, as well as more performative, accrual and snappy sound bouquets. In addition, we are pleased to present the Copper Leg Art Residency Cookbook, a catalog that summarizes the residency’s activities in 2017-2018. Better late than never!
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (IND)
John Grzinich (USA/EST)
Raul Keller (EST)
Erik Alalooga (EST)
Villem Jahu (EST)
Everybody is welcome 14.06 on Sunday from 13:30 to Rae School House (Ussiaugu tee 20, Vaskjala village, Rae parish, Harju County)
The event is supported by: Tanker Brewery
Event location: https://goo.gl/maps/joLxmtUGtezavhgB9
Public transport: https://goo.gl/maps/FCboWWLkjdnvQQBq9
Tomorrow (16.04.2020) at 6 pm Tallinn time (UTC + 3 hours) a live broadcast will take place on the Residency’s Facebook page, during which Indian-born sound artist Budhaditya Chattopadhyay will present his new sound work “Towards an Amicable End” (2020). Stay tuned!