The www.tonopolis.pl interactive Internet presentation, that takes the form of an audio-visual trip around Torun, reflects the sonic nature of the city. It serves as an inspiration and background for several stories presented as linear animations. Ewa Doroszenko’s photographs, which constitute the core, directly show the places conjured up by the sounds. Each scene has its own individual aesthetic and narrative character, built up with the use of formal means chosen individually for every place. The internet site is in a close relationship with the music album of the same title. More at: www.tonopolis.pl
Rałał Kołacki is a founder and co-organizer of the CoCArt Music Festival, annual event hosted by Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń. The basic idea of CoCArt organizers is to present current trends in the field of contemporary sound&visual art. The international event features multimedia concerts of artists that integrate music, image and performance. Each year the event is very well received by the audience and international media. The festival was the first of its kind in Torun and north part of Poland. More at CoCA website.
HATI is an audiovisual project based on sound of ethnic instruments from all over the world as well as hand-made instruments or found objects. HATI forms a link between a personal interest in modern improvised and acoustic music with ritual and meditation. Since 2003 HATI have performed many times in Poland, USA, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria and on festivals, e.g.: Club Trans Medial Berlin (2012, HATI & PURE project PRSZR), Unsound Festival New York Labs (2011, special concert HATI & Z’EV), Linien Festivel (Gottingen, 2010), Fano Free Folk Festival (2010), Equinox Festival (London, 2009), Bleisound Festival (Monachium, 2009), Wroclaw Industrial Festival (2005 & 2007), Audio Art (Krakow, 2006), Ambient Festival (Gorlice, 2008), Open’er Festival (Gdynia, 2008), Festiwal w Krajobrazie (Inowlodz, 2004-2007), Temple of Silence Festival (2007, 2008 & 2012). More at: www.myspace.com/hatitah
Prszr (pronounced “pressure”) started as a collaboration between acclaimed polish percussion duo Hati and austrian electronic music veteran Pure combining the eerie, computer generated sound world of Pure with the archaic, outer-wordly spaceyness of Hati’s percussion play. Prszr is now the duo of Rafal Iwanski and Pure. Their first album „Equilirium” was released on Hinterzimmer Records in November 2012.
Katahdin by Innercity Ensemble. This album was recorded in three days during an improvisational meeting in Mózg, Bydgoszcz. The idea was to capture unique sound of seven different personalities merging into one stream of free-flowing peaceful and sincere musical experience. The results of this meeting turned out very fruitful and the listening opportunity that we give to you should be as opening as creating those sounds was for us. More at Innercity Ensemble Bandcamp website.
The Huta Artzine program is a unique platform that shows not only extraordinary postindustrial spaces, but also presents work of artists invited by the authors. The artists were selected on the basis of the common denominator which is the direct or indirect inspiration with city reality. This time, the space of ‚Huta’ was designed in such a way, so as to facilitate presentation of artistic work. ‚Artzine’, a term constructed for the purpose of the project, refers to non-commercial Internet zins published off the mainstream. Architectonic objects of Kościuszko Steelworks and their interiors were reflected in a specially prepared virtual space. Thereby, a prototype of an in-house developed interface was created, giving the possibility of interactions of different kind. The program contains works of graphic designers, painters, sculptors, new media artists, musicians. The works are presented in a strict connection to a place that was meant for them. Depending on the character and size of particular works, separate spaces (predominantly interiors) were attributed to them, which were adopted in such a way so as not to disturb the industrial character of steelwork. This is how the idea of presenting creative attitudes and conveying artistic message in a new way was born. The phenomenon close to a virtual para-display. More at www.hutartzine.com