Ignas Krunglevičius – Soft Screen Alien 17th February-2nd April 2017 Opening Friday 17th February 7pm
with a live performance of Cognitive EMP Blast at 8pm
Soft Screen Alien is a new solo exhibition by Oslo-based artist and composer Ignas Krunglevičius. Four new works explore the mythologies of the post-human future: technological augmentation, artificial emotion, new subjectivities, planet-wide entropy and hard-wired social divisions. Each work is a tower built with a minimalist, utilitarian aesthetic drawn from communcations infrastructure – and each tower is also a sound system, transmitting the sonic and narrative content of the project. A fifth, hidden work, Dark Pool, was first presented as part of Kunsthall Oslo’s performance series Soft City in 2014.
Cognitive EMP Blast is a new composition, which will be performed live at the opening using the sonic elements of the installation. Krunglevičius writes “In the seminal work Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen, a high, bright, slowly wavering pitch descends in several waves, becoming louder as it gradually acquires a snarling timbre, and finally passes below the point where it can not be heard any longer as a pitch. As it crosses this threshold, it becomes evident that the sound consists of a succession of pulses, which continue to slow until they become a steady beat. This beat is the central element in the composition Cognitive EMP Blast. Cognitive EMP Blast investigates the beat as a ‘futurist mission statement’ (Jeff Mills). The beat will be instrumentalised and weaponised, redesigning the rhizomes of the social brain for new code to be installed. A surgically-crafted low-frequency sonic assault, Cognitive EMP Blast resets the baseline brain for a cognitive upgrade.” Cognitive EMP Blast has been commissioned for Kunsthall Oslo with the support of the Norwegian Composers’ Fund.