The 16th edition of Unsound Kraków starts today, offering a packed program full of adventurous music and ideas exploring the Presence theme.
Two installations open today at Studio Vintage / Kamienna 12. Foris is the next phase in Unsound’s Ephemera series connecting sound and scent. The work brings together field recordings from around the world made by Chris Watson, an olfactory component by Geza Schoen and Marcel Weber aka MFO’s light design. Foris is intended to be experienced from start to finish, and will be presented in 40-minute sessions from 7th - 14th October. Sessions require tickets on top of the festival pass, and as numbers are limited are best bought in advance either via Ticketmaster or at the festival office. You can also purchase tickets at the installation if the session is not sold out. Today's sessions are sold out. Please join us tomorrow!
Also at Kamienna 12, and opening at 1.30pm, the second work is a, e, i, o, u by Mirosław Bałka, a response to Foris, as well as the festival theme and the abandoned space in which it is housed. A, e, i, o, u is made up of field recordings from a dog shelter in Celestynów, near Warsaw. Entry is free. Information also available on the Unsound website.
The extensive Unsound screening program starts today at Kino Pod Baranami with Hoax_Canular by Dominic Gagnon, World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeld and Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, exploring the themes of online presence, memory, nostalgia, time travel and AI creativity. Film screenings are not included in the festival pass, and need a separate ticket.
Also starting today is the festival’s discourse program, with a return of Dr. Ted, who will speak about nutrition in life and on the road. This will be followed by a panel on the traces of Jewish history in Kraków. For more information, please see the schedule on the Unsound website.
Finally, the grand opening of the festival takes place again in the golden interiors of the Słowacki Theatre. Tim Hecker will perform music from his new album Konoyo together with an ensemble of traditional Japanese court musician, while Polish artist Resina opens on cello. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but entry is not guaranteed.
After that, we’re heading to Kamienna 8 for the festival’s traditional free opening party, with DJ Bus Replacement Service and Eris Drew behind the decks. Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue will premiere a new live show, presenting the rhythms of pandilla, the so-called queen of Amazonian folklore. Lautbild will play an adventurous live set, while Kraków’s Discomule opens.
Please remember, that if you have a Weekly Pass, you need to come to the festival office in Pałac Krzysztofory at Szczepańska 2 Street to exchange it for a wristband and an ID badge. We’re open every day of the festival, from 12pm to 6pm. The office is also the place where you can purchase individual tickets to all events, unless sold out. Please check the ticket section of Presence edition for the most current info.