As part of the programme Transcend the Turmoil, MONOM, CTM and the Spatial Sound Institute present the German Premiere of NOQTURNL as part of the opening weekend of CTM Festival 2018. The performance takes place overnight at MONOM at Funkhaus Berlin, starting Saturday evening 27th January at 23:30pm ending Sunday morning 28th January at 7:30am.
Noqturnl is an overnight performance exploring the threshold between waking and dreaming. Creators Florence To and John Connell immerse participants in a spatial field of sound and light designed to open access to the hyper-lucid: the imaginative and highly receptive state of intelligence available within the dreaming mind.
A counter-balance to our increasingly dysfunctional and disingenuous information environments, the hyper-lucid remains one of the last remaining spaces in which we can intuitively decipher the symbolism within external narratives and their impact on the psyche and reflect on new directions and possibilities, both psychologically and socially. Working with the 4DSOUND system, Noqturnl plays with the boundaries of our depth and proximity perception, inviting participants to uncover alternative spatial realities and their potential for conscious awareness.
Limited to 70 people, Noqturnl is a durational performance lasting seven hours.
Beds and blankets are provided, warm clothing and sleeping bags are recommended for comfort.
To avoid disturbing the other guests, entrance is not permitted after the event commences and no re-entry is possible during the night.
A shared breakfast will be provided in the space after first light.
NOQTURNL art director Florence To and composer John Connell share a deep interest in the way technology and media can alter perception affecting the formation of our personal and social constructs, both positively and adversely. They have been collaborating with spatial sound collective 4DSOUND since 2014 to explore how spatial audiovisual technologies can encourage constructive environments for selfreflection, creative ideation and social interaction.
Art director and installation artist Florence To merged her skills into digital technologies in 2011, designing and performing sound and light installations after completing a Masters in Design at The Glasgow School of Art in 2007, specializing and working in tailoring and textiles for 8 years. To originally developed her installation work in underground and disused spaces using its defects as an advantage. Through working in various disparate architectural environments guided her research further into cognitive and emotional triggers; exploring the effects of experience within space, the physical presence within vibrations, and how different sensory arrangements can create an emotional and psychological impact.
The Scottish born artist has been invited for artistic residencies at the Société des Arts Technologiques [SAT] in Montreal, 4DSOUND and the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, and The Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment [SpADE] in Limerick. To has exhibited, performed and given workshops at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijon, Southbank Centre in London and most recent installation ‘EOAN’ was supported by the European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation [ENCAC]. She is currently part of a creative fellowship with the DCN (Department of Clinical Neuroscience) in Edinburgh.
John Connell is a Berlin-based composer and media theorist with a deep interest in the waytechnology and media can alter perception affecting the formation of our personal and social constructs, both positively and adversely. His central focus is listening as a practice in itself: how our ability to listen opens up new levels of awareness about space, both the external and the internal, and the implications raised for art forms and social interactions. He has performed at experimental electronic music showcases such as TodaysArt, Berlin Atonal, the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest and the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, with essays, talks and workshops examining spatial sound and social theory at Goldsmiths University of London, TEDxDanubia, CTM Berlin, State Festival and others.
As creative director of 4DSOUND, he curated several multidisciplinary artist residencies exploring the relationship between sound, space and perception. These included Circadian, investigating how spatial listening influences conscious states throughout the day and night, and Techno Is Space, working with techno artists to spatially deconstruct the psychoacoustic character of experimental club music. He is a board member of the Spatial Sound Institute.