Some of you might have been there this weekend, Lens mentioned it in an earlier post: Into The City / Asian Village as part of the Wiener Festwochen going from 8th of may til 14th of June.
Here are some of my personal impressions:
I started my little tour on Saturday, May 23rd with a delicious snack from one of the street kitchens hosted by the Thai and Indonesian embassies at Gumpendorfer Straße in the 6th district (which was the center of asian village and closed down for automobiles the whole weekend).
At about 7pm I went to Semper Depot to see/hear a sound/dance performance by Singapur artists sonicbrat (sound), Lim Chin Huat (Motion) and Lim Woan Wen (Light). The show, which lasted about an hour featured a dark light setting with multichannel sound art / piano improvisations and a dance performance. The combination of the three worked quite well in my opinion, although I'm not much of a fan of lenghty and dreamy piano variations. That aside the performance was a success, especially the middle part, where resonances of space were fathomed out, and the ending with its unique lighting, almost turning the poles of semper depot into some kind of dark forest.
After that we went out on the street again to hear a performance by Stereotyp, Cee and AraByrd from Malaysia which was a defintive banger and got the street crowd moving pretty intense. Ranging from Dubstep to Techno to HipHop, Stereo and Cee broke genre borders once again and AraByrd found an answer to every one of their tracks.
Now to my sunday highlight which started at noon, also at Semper Depot. Some of you might have seen Daito Manabes YouTube videos already, yesterday he held a 20 minute performance with a colleague which was quite impressive to see live be honest. Called "Face Visualizer, Instrument and Copy" they hooked themselves up to electrodes which stimulate their facial muscles according to the sounds played. Here's my own short documentation, taken from the middle of the show (Daito is the guy on the right):
That's all from my side, after the performance I went out to enjoy a wonderfully sunny Vienna City sunday. Lens J. might hit you up with a more precise update this week. Stay tuned!