Strange Attractor is a group of Ireland-based visual and sound artists for improvised sound performances, consisting of Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy Mick O’Shea, and David Stalling. The group will carry out 4 durational improvisation performances in different audiovisual settings in Germany and Poland, including TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin.
This small tour of Strange Attractor takes place within the context of the pan-European project and network ANIMA MUNDI, which is based on cooperation and exchange of experiences in the fields of Sound Art and sonic Performance Art, addressing issues of environmental changes, ecology, and sustainability. These themes are reflected by ANIMA MUNDI’s focus on the multiple and diverse relationships between human and non-human beings and things as well as between them and their surroundings. ANIMA MUNDI started in 2022 as a collaboration between the renowned Sound Art-project space Errant Sound (Berlin), the space for experimental music and cross-disciplinary exchange Liebig 12 (Berlin), Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki and Terminal 08 (Gorzów). This year, the project welcomes our new project partners Farpoint Recordings (Dublin). ANIMA MUNDI #1 consisted of a sound performance-event with Berlin-based sound artists at Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki and two sound installations at Terminal 08 last year in October, and it was followed by #2, a Sound Art-exhibition with Poznań-based and Berlin-based artists at Errant Sound in November 2022.
ANIMA MUNDI is a project that is based on cooperation and exchange of experiences in the fields of sound art and sonic performance art, addressing issues of ecology and sustainability. The specificity of sound-based art lies in its strong connection to the environment. As sound artists often perform recordings and field activities in nature, urban environments or in relationship to architecture, their practice is strongly relational. These themes are reflected by ANIMA MUNDI’s focus on the relationship between humans and their surroundings – both human interaction, the shaping of shared space and care for nature. Sound sensitivity becomes the starting point for a deeper understanding of our coexistence.
ANIMA MUNDI aims at establishing a network of sound artists/ artists working with the means of sound, that facilitates artistic exchange on the most existential questions of our time: How can we meet and understand the climate crisis? How to deal with the environmental transformations? How can artists, cultural spaces and a society in general practice and support sustainability? What can we learn from each other regarding possible solutions?