Echo Park - Serge Baghdassarians & Boris Baltschun #36
Echo Park (2013 / 2015) combines a filmed action in urban space with a physical sound object. Parked automobiles transform into reference tone generators while large balloons act as variables. The balloons appear both on screen and -as actors who left the screen for the real world- in the exhibition space. The audiovisual installation playfully disrupts the logic of mobility and questions the way the urban environment is organized.
with kind support from Villa Aurora, initiative neue musik berlin e.v. and the borrowed cars of (in order of appearance): Ashkan Cheheltan, Annette Weisser, Leif Randt and Jan-Ole Gerster
Serge Baghdassarians & Boris Baltschun, artists and composers, are regular collaborators since 1999. Their work oscillates between aether, installation and performance (sounding and otherwise). They find and invent situations and narratives abolishing the distinction between fiction and reality, always with an ear for the particularities of language and materials.
Most recently they have finished „Ate feat. Ed D.: obey God“, a radio play based on a single sentence and it’s evanescent character, brought to life with the help of soundtracks of video tutorials, religious movies, talkshows, an interview and a singing text-to-speech system.
Future projects include an installation featuring prenatal bird song, a performance for four speaking singers and a piece on the change of taxonomic nomenclature of animals in Turkey. They have presented their work at places such as Diapason Gallery (New York), singuhr hoergalerie (Berlin), ZKM / Mediemuseum (Karlsruhe), Bridge (Osaka), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen), center for new music (San Francisco), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain (Strasbourg) and Deutschlandradio Kultur amongst many others.
In 2012 their radio play „Bodybuilding“ was awarded the Karl-Sczuka-Prize for radio art and in 2013 they were fellows at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, filming for their project „Echo Park“.