John Grzinich: Two Films

and/OAR, Maaheli Editions and Paleosol Edition are extremely pleased to present two films by sound artist John Grzinich: Sound Aspects Of Material Elements & Mimema which features cameo appearances by Patrick McGinley (aka Murmer), HItoshi Kojo (aka Spiracle), Eamon Sprod (aka Tarab), Jim Haynes, Toomas Thetloff, Maksims Shentelevs, Kaspars Kalninsh, Evelyn Muursepp, Mari Jõgiste, Vivian Bohl and Pärt Ojamaa.

Sound Aspects Of Material Elements

Black & White, 57 minutes HD, 16:9 Aspect Ratio Concept, sound, camera, editing: John Grzinich Equipment and support: MoKS – Center for Art and Social Practice, Mooste, Estonia.

Collaborative recordings made with: Patrick McGinley, Jim Haynes, Toomas Thetlof, Maksims Shentelevs, Kaspars Kalninsh, Eamon Sprod, Hitoshi Kojo, and Evelyn Müürsepp.

Sound Aspects of Material Elements is a the film that shows a specific approach to the artistic use of sound, covering a 3 year period (2006-2009) of the author’s personal research and collaborations with a number of close colleagues. What we hear and see reveals how much our ability to listen with a creative ear, helps us re- interpret and build new relations to what surrounds us. Using sound as the primary signifier. The film documents in-situ processes of exploration and sonification of the landscape along with various material, objects and structures found there. All the sounds captured formed the basis for each shot emphasizing how the combinations of certain materials (metal, wood, glass) along with natural elements (water, wind fire), transforms our perception of even the most common everyday places or situations.


Color, 24:38 minutes, HD 16:9 Aspect Ratio Concept, sound, camera, editing: John Grzinich Equipment and support: MoKS – Center for Art and Social Practice, Mooste, Estonia.

Mimema is a meditation on states of liminality, of being in stasis, drifting in-between above and below, night and day, inside and out. Mimema started out as a sound composition and grew into a series of images that reflected my desire to invert the world around me by capturing the ‘real’ and making it ‘imaginary’, Much like a mirror that reflects the shifting states of human cognition we encounter moment to moment. Mimema is the blur between what we sense and what we construct as understanding, appearing as much a body as a fluid or boundary as a state of dissolution.

More information can be found here.

09. August 2012 by
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