Vital Sounding Festival Shanghai 2021
VITAL实验声音艺术节·上海【RAM x Vital】
The 5th Vital Sounding Festival is coming to Shanghai! The second stop in its three date tour around China, the event will feature 8 solos from experimental musicians: JunY Ciao, Maimai, Sun Wei, Terence LLoren, Xiang, Xu Cheng, Yin Yi, and Yan Jun. The event will be held in the newly reopened Rockbund Art Museum among John Armleder's current exhibit. Performances will include improvised feedback solos, interactive field recordings, sound manipulation, storytelling, and acoustic and electric instruments. A little bit of noise, a little bit of quiet.
As its name implies, it’s a vessel of vitality and motivation, although it has always been insisting on keeping it tiny. While the majority are trapped in the dilemma of being swallowed up by consumer culture, keep it tiny seems to be both a rule to settle one’s body and life down and a helpless choice. But why can't tiny things gather huge energy? Or shine? A single spark can start a prairie fire.
After a year-long renovation, RAM reopened it to public just last month and John Armleder’s solo is the first exhibition presented at its renewed space. To us, it comes as quite a pleasant surprise and honor that Vital is so well-suited to happen here in juxtaposition with John Armleder's works. For one reason, John Armleder is an unconventional artist who always welcomes accidents and cultivates a constant openness. Taking place right inside his exhibition, Vital attempts to forge a spiritual connection and dialogue with his art under a different context. Moreover, the gallery space on the fourth floor, where Vital is going to take place, is covered fully with mirror reflection. In such a space, all shielding and decoration become pointless and powerless, offering visitors a stage for self-examination. This is exactly what we expect - a completely equal encounter, simple and straightforward.
Eight solos. Why eight? It's a coincidence, and it's God's will. The number "eight" indicates a sense of integrity in our tradition. It is said that the Four Forms generate the Eight Diagrams. Eight individuals, eight different directions. Although the directions vary, everyone present is at the center of energy accumulation and finally forms a holistic energy field. Solo represents a clear state and emphasizes the uniqueness of all directions.
In such a penetrating scene, we don't have any superb skills and exquisite cooperation to show. We don't even perform. All we want to do is to be honest. Can a single spark start a prairie fire? We do not have empirical evidence. Nor do we need to make overly optimistic assumptions. But even a spark, tiny as it is, can shine and cannot be ignored. (Jun-Y Ciao)
Theme: 8 Solos
Artists: Jun-Y Ciao, Mai Mai, Sun Wei, Terence LLoren, Xiang, Xu Cheng, Yan Jun, Yin Yi
Time: 8:30pm, November 13th, 2021
Address: 4th Floor, Rockbund Art Museum ( No.20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai ), ticket checking on the first floor
Ticket: 108 rmb ( scan the code below or click "阅读原文" to buy the ticket )
Mai Mai: one song
Yin Yi: Pushead
Sun Wei: Modified laptop feedback
JunY Ciao: Plastic Answers
Yan Jun: feedback solo
Terence: 'Generations' Shanghai Ferry
Xu Cheng: Tour
Introduction of artists / works
Terence LLoren is a sound recordist based in Shanghai.
- A set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent.
- The production of something.
'Generations' is a project that uses field recordings and analog tape to create sonic abstractions of a particular place through repeated improvised performance. Each performance is recorded, reused, and added to, creating a 'Generation'. The eventual result is a complex layered abstraction built on the original DNA of each previous Generation. A hybrid digital/analog instrument was assembled and programmed over two years to facilitate this generation process. This performance contains recordings I have made from all of the current Shanghai Ferry crossings. The earliest recording is from the Chongming Ferry dating back to 2009 before the Yangtze River bridge and tunnel were completed. The majority of the recordings were made over the past few months in preparation for this performance. The performance you will see is the same process used to create every Generation.
Film director, experimental musician
1982 Born in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province
2006 Graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy
Works and lives in Shanghai
Nine years ago, MAI MAIformed a noise rock band "Muscle snog"，be vocal, guitarist and song-writer. Since 2008 he started running anexperimental music plat-form: "R.E.S.O.", in same year, hecommenced his personal experimental music project using this pseudonym"MAI MAI". During these last five years, "R.E.S.O." has presented more than 20 concerts, and became the most important stage for Chineseand oversea musicians.
As a filmmaker,MAI MAI had made many short film and video works. In 2013,his short film "Four Cowardswas" selected by the 43th Tampere International Short FilmFestival (International Competition Section).
Artist and sound worker, creation based between field and site, involving field-based ambient recordings, acoustic electronics, compositions, and the creation of site-specific sound installations. He often focuses on listening to and observing the vibrations of different sonic media and environments and tries to blur the boundaries between them.
Ambient feedback electronic improvisation, laptops, amplifiers, clutter, passing time and an uncertain audience.
Xiang, born in Chengdu in 1984. A dj and a musician, creating electronic music, field recording, electroacoustic composition. Practicing art projects which combine sound, body and performance.
using pre-recorded composition, vocal and body.
(b.1980) is a sound artist based in Shanghai and a practitioner and organizer of sound activities. He was a member of Harsh-noise group TORTURING NURSE. He dabbles in experimental music, improvisation, electronic music and so forth. Apart from the music ontology, Xu is also interested in the interaction between sound and social spaces and its behaviors and manifestations. Xu works with varied forms of sound art: installations, experimental music, performances and theatre.
TourLieh-tzu was learning the TAO from Huqiu-tzu. After nine years, his eyes were no different with his ears, his ears were no different with his nose, his nose was no different with his mouth, and his mouth was no different with anything else. So he traveled by the wind to a city. Lieh-tzu's journey never reached the border, definitely not, and he was still far, far away from the Pedestrian street. Just imagining a part of the Pedestrian street now would make Lieh-tzu feel tired, and he could not imagine anything but people. Even if the way to fly there did not get lost, flying to the Pedestrian street will certainly get lost, because it is too big, trying not to get lost is impossible, and Lieh-tzu also does not have a flight license.
mainly working on field recording, live performance and electroacoustic composition. his works are always simple. sometimes performing body movements with or without sound.yanjun.org
Feedback solo always picky on the electricity system of the venue as my equipment are not professional enough. the result is i haven't perform this often. and this time i'd try desperately.it's about using body movements to influence feedback noise. perhaps there are 25% chance to control it. each room, each sound system and each electricity system would result different sound. sometimes i'm crazy about it. that makes me think "wtf is improvisation?" and "isn't it a challenge you asked for？"
Musician/artist/curator. Work and live in Shanghai.
In 1998, YIN Yi formed the slowcore band Dead Poets Society, as bassist and lead singer. In 2001, he turned to digital music. In early music career, his range of work includes live music performance, contemporary dance and physical theatre. In recent years, YIN Yi focuses his work on laptop music performance and the function of music in society.Based on the in-depth thinking and research on Sound and Listening, Yin Yi’s intermedia art work includes sound, video, performance and installation which focus on perception, identity, body, culture and medially.For him, art is a way of self cure and a touchstone for thinking and action.
Pusheadusing acoustic instrument recording, white noise filtering
artist, lives in Shanghai, founder of independent art institution "Where is the Zeitgeist?" - Editing Office
Plastic Answers. It is a piece which should be finished by the audiences and me together. It is very simple. I give the questions and the audiences give the answers with plastic.
Vital is a site-specific project which was founded in Chengdu in 2017. At the moment the Sounding Festival is held once a year, with different themes. It is related to experimental music, media such as sound, video and body mainly in concert form but sometimes in small exhibitions, workshops, and other cooperative outlets.
艺术家 / 作品简介
2006年卖卖组建实验摇滚乐队Muscle Snog，任主唱/吉他手和词曲作者，乐队09年兵马司发行了首张专辑《mind shop》后解散。08年，卖卖开始运行即兴音乐组织"R.E.S.O.",同时开始以个人身份进行即兴音乐的尝试。
卖卖的影像创作以实验短片为主，2013年，短片作品《胆小鬼们》入围了欧洲三大短片电影节之一——芬兰坦佩雷电影节国际竞赛单元。2012年，短片作品《桃花源：厌世解决方案》入围了第十一届法国Signes de Nuit国际电影节，获国际竞赛单元night award奖。