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Silence in action

By Maria Gregoriou

“If music be the food of love, play on,” Orsino proclaims while pining over Olivia (well, really over his love with love but we can leave that detail to one side) in the comedy Twelfth Night. If the Bard himself places so much emphasis of the important of music then it must be a creation of much importance.

But if you don’t want to take Shakespeare’s word for it, then why not visit the ARTos Foundation in Nicosia tomorrow and Saturday and be a part of their event Moving Silence, a festival of sorts dedicated to soundtracks from videos and films without sound by contemporary creators.

The event organised by the ARTos Foundation, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Cyprus, will present musicians and composers who will perform live soundtracks of their choice while the films or videos which inspired the musicians are simultaneously screened.

Tomorrow expect a screening of the in-progress documentary The Story of Technoviking by Moving Silence co-founder Matthias Fritsch. The story behind the story of Technoviking is someone dancing half naked in the middle of the street in front of a camera. Years later this recorded images goes viral online and ends up being shown in a court room.

Filmed in public space, labelled and remixed by a community, shared by millions but censored, the film represents a dilemma that is created when our culture and behaviour changes drastically, and where digital media and some of our fundamental rights come into conflict.

This will be a test-screening of this nearly finished documentary in English with English subtitles, and it will be followed by a discussion on the film and its topic. The film itself will be ready in the end of December.

On Saturday a number of musicians including, Achilleas Kentonis, Tomash Ghzegovsky, Andreas Moustoukis, Nefeli Kentoni , Nikos Koukouvinos, Antonis Frangiskou, Marios Solomou, Stephanos Koutelis, Haris Sophocleous and the Ergo Sum Children’s Choir, will put on contemporary experimental sound performances.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the event all to do with contemporary silent moving image and experiential sound is being run. Moving Silence was originally founded in the summer of 2009 by the musician Marco Brosolo, filmmaker Fritsch and producer Federico Bassett. The artists’ aim was and still is to create events that connect the roots of cinematography with the present aesthetics of image, the live music production and the potential of new technology.

The event’s founders and organisers are aware that we live in a time of information overload, and represent a poetic, intercultural and collaborative platform for contemporary musicians and filmmakers to meet, express their opinions, perform and share the beauty of moving silence with others.

“The contemporary cinema could take back this expressive freedom” the Moving Silence’s members state. “Any visual style can profit from a sound language, by using advanced digital technologies as well as old analogue techniques. Live performances sustain and amplify the films as musicians can breathe new life into silent cinema, which inappropriately remained silent for such a long time.”

With these words all those involved in this artistic movement (dare we say) invites us all to a new audiovisual experience, expressed through live improvisations and interpretations.

Moving Silence
Musicians and composers will meet to perform live soundtracks for video and film works without sound. December 12-13. ARTos Foundation, 64 Ay. Omoloyites Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 22-445455

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