Alexandra Dementieva & Aernoudt Jacobs May 2008
Alexandra Dementieva (*1960 in Moscow; lives & works in Brussels) studied journalism and fine arts in Moscow and Brussels. Her main interests are focused on social psychology, perception, and their application in multimedia interactive installations. Her video work integrates different elements including behavioral psychology developing narrative through a point of view of subjective camera. Her video and multimedia works have been exhibited internationally. In 2005, Alexandra conceived specially for the CCNOA space a site specific installation ’Post Opening’. Shadows of previous exhibition opening are projected into the wall in face of staircase. At the first glance the spectator has an impression that once upstairs he will meet a lot of people chatting and watching. But instead of it his shadow mixes up with other shadows of invisible visitors. It creates strange feeling of time shift. Along with several other cooperations between A.D. & A.J., ’Post Opening’ will be screened in their first retrospective at CCNOA.
Arnaud Jacobs (*1968 in Wilrijk; Belgium; lives and works in Brussels) studied architecture. After his studies at the Sint-Lucasinstituut it did not take long, however, before he chose music. Today he has released music under several aliases: MarkMancha (electronic music), missfit (assigned music for film and other media), tmrx (autonomous collages constructed from everyday sounds). From 2004 he has been working under the name Aernoudt Jacobs and concentrates on installations, performances, sound design and commissioned work for film, dance and theater. Generally Jacobs sets out from a fascination for sound, in any form. This explains how he takes his raw material from reality: with a microphone and recorder he makes field recordings. With these fragments Jacobs composes on his computer. His sound works are the result of a research of the different aspects of concrete or daily- sounds and how to assimilate and tune this material in the context of a musical work. The sound hovers as some kind of an interaction between micro and macro, inside and outside, fieldwork and studio, reality and fictionalization. In his installation work he investigates mostly correlations between sound, matter, space/location, perception and psychoacoustics. Since 2005 he is with - Benoit Deuxant, Anton Aeki, Johan Vandermaelen and Frederik De Wilde - a member of Zoning. He has been performing in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, New York, Norway. He has released two albums on critically acclaimed labels as Staalplaat (NL) and Selektion (D) and contributed on different compilations. Perception is an important aspect in his sound work. Perceiving music, sound, harmonies is a physical, emotional and intellectual activity that is always linked to personal memories. The properties of a particular sound/music/… will change the values of perception for each individual and thus hearing a tune on the radio can have an as deep impact on perception as listening to a car passing by. This association is an ongoing preocupation that is visible in most of his work. With the aid of psychoacoustic theories, he explores how perception can be influenced and how to express sound physically, spatially and emotionally.
Edition by Alexandra Dementieva
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