Polar Force by Speak PercussionAfter a sold-out premiere season at Arts Centre Melbourne, Polar Force has travelled to Perth. Presented by PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Tura New Music in Fringe World Festival, the season runs until January 24.
Polar Force evokes the beauty and infinite complexity of Antarctica through an immersive and multi-sensorial performance work presented in an inflatable performance space. Imagine being on the Antarctic ice shelf, housed inside a temporary shelter where you are intimately observing aural experiments using the raw polar energies collected from outside. In an investigation of extreme wind and ice, pristine Antarctic field recordings combine with live industrial percussion to envelope the audience in a visceral performance work.
Polar Force emerged from a conversation Philip Samartzis and Eugene Ughetti had in 2015 about the musical nature of the Antarctic soundscape. During his first trip to the ice, Samartzis noticed that the built environment of Davis Station often sounded like a monumental piece of 20th century avant-garde music due to structural stress and fatigue caused by the extreme conditions. For his second trip in 2016, Samartzis strategically applied his recording technology as if his subject matter was Speak Percussion, focusing on the acoustic, material and spatial characteristics of Casey Station as it responded to the withering effects of cold, and the powerful forces of katabatic wind. His intention was to blur the relationship between the performed and the recorded to afford immersive, visceral experiences of the Antarctic continent through the aperture of a remote research station.
Expanding on Samartzis’s work presented in Polar Force is the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture [B-CSC] winter masterclass titled The Art of Field Recording, which focuses on deep field sound recording techniques in cold climates. The masterclass will draw on the ground breaking work of Douglas Quin and Philip Samartzis who will draw on the work they have produced in the Arctic and Antarctic to demonstrate technical and creative processes used to register and exhibit the transformative effects of extreme climates.
For more information about the mastercalass go to http://bogongsound.com.au/projects/winter-masterclass-2019