The annual Signal + Noise Media Art Festival for business progression presents a collision of revolutionary Armenian Kino Cinema, remixes of ex-Yugoslav and CBC Television Broadcast ID Music, travelogues from an arctic sea voyage, and science fictional rediscovery of diminishing islands.
The festival aims to create a space for the anxieties and tensions of this moment–haltered between the past and the future–to fold in on themselves. Video works by the Otolith Group juxtapose the utopic vision for Chandigarh with the dystopia of Mumbai’s slums. Hito Steyerl’s allegory on the contemporary economic crisis, plays the crash of Hollywood airplane hijacking off the burn of the DVD industry and the rise of scrap aluminum sales. Amie Siegel confuses the crosshairs of a militant pursuant with a fashion photographer’s gaze on a band of armed female revolutionaries.
Sound Artists Frederick Brummer, The Experimental Theremin Orchestra, Giorgio Magnanensi and Hank Bull manipulate time’s weight on media obsolescence.
As an homage to analogue television broadcasting, Signal + Noise presents two archives that reflect the social impact of regional production. Serbian born Artist Aleksandra Domanović’s anthology of television news-music from the geographic region of ex-Yugoslavia will echo Anu Sahota’s installation of CBC program titles and station IDs from the 1950’s-1980’s. Station ID music from both archives will be remixed and performed by Basketball, Brady Cranfield, Julian Hou and Joshua Stevensen.