Unsound 2019 Day Seven
Today we start with an Independent Record Fair in Hevre, bringing together labels from all over Poland, presenting their recent releases on vinyl, tapes and cds. Be sure to drop in! We’re certain that you’re going to leave with an album or two.
The discourse program features two meetings with artists: Robert Henke will explain the ideas and process behind his CBM 8032 AV project - which had its premiere at the festival - while Matmos will take part in Invisible Jukebox with The Wire, commenting in real time on records picked out for them. Later on, independent curator and researcher Kuba Szreder will give a presentation on the uses of art in times of crisis. The discourse program takes place in Pałac Krzysztofory, and entry is free.
The second reading group of Unsound:Undead will take place today at Massolit Books, with Paul Purgas (Emptyset) and Ayesha Hameed discussing their essays included in the book. Meanwhile, Anna Marjanowska will lead a workshop for part-time workers, freelancers and perpetual interns, those most affected by the precarious conditions of contemporary capitalism.
Today’s screening at Kino Pod Baranami is Putin’s Witnesses, taking a closer look at the first year of Vladimir Putin’s presidency, asking when silence becomes complicity. The screening require an additional ticket on top of the pass.
In the afternoon, Hildur Guðnadóttir will present a performance created around her score to the TV series Chernobyl, for which she was recently awarded an Emmy. The work combines acoustic instrumentation and field recordings from Chernobyl’s sister power plant Ignalina in Lithuania, and will now have its live premiere as a multi-channel, site-specific show. Performing in an abandoned factory, Hildur will be joined by Sam Slater and field recordist Chris Watson, artists who helped realise her vision. Lighting is by Theresa Baumgartner, and spatialisation by Francesco Donadello. The show is not included in any of the passes and is now sold out, but you can purchase tickets to a second session taking place tomorrow.
At ICE Kraków, three ensembles explore notions of collectivity through music. Polish composer Dominik Strycharski will premiere a live A/V show based on his score for the film Symphony of the Ursus Factory, in which workers of an abandoned tractor factory reenact a day of work. The show includes Warsaw-based jazz/improv musicians, as well as the Ursus Factory’s brass band. London-based Klein and her newly formed live band will present her ever-evolving multisensory show Lifetime, exploring the fragility of one’s culture through memory and loss, using this performance as a tool of preservation. Holly Herndon will present Proto, her new album exploring themes of community and tradition, and testing the boundaries between human and AI creativity. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door - but no guarantees!
Finally, we move to Hotel Forum for the final night of four room extravaganza, featuring world premieres of new shows, special collaborations and genres colliding across different, eclectic programs. From industrial songs inspired by pre-Islamic and quranic poetry through impeccably sound designed experimental techno, classic sounds from Detroit, Tanzanian singeli to free jazz, it’s going to be another memorable night of Unsound, finished by an extensive set from Eris Drew and Octo Octa. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door after 2 am. You might need to wait for them, but it’s going to be worth it - the music stops at 7am!
Remember also that apart from the Chernobyl show tomorrow, you can also
The Festival Office is open every day until the end of the festival, between 12pm and 6pm. If you have a pass, that’s the place to pick up your wristband. You can also buy tickets here, but please check the availability on our ticket page first. The address is Pałac Krzysztofory, Szczepańska 2.