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Q for Silence

2017

Ziggurat Project took part of an international cooperation (Picture project) based on research and creation in postindustrial sites, organised by PLACCC and Scenekunst Ostfold. In the frame of the project we participated in a research phase divided between Norway and Hungary and we presented different works in the two countries. 

Our research (in movement, sound and visual) was based on the experience on an active production site, Rockwool factory in Moss, the abandoned building of Peterson Paper Factory in Moss and the actually empty and functionless building of DN Steel Works in Csepel. We were also inspired by interviews, the visit of the Industrial museum in Moss and other visits of postindustrial sites in Fredrikstad, Moss and Csepel. 

In Peterson Paper Factory in Moss we aimed to rethink a very concrete site through physical experimentation made day and night time. We were focusing on echo as a process, the transformation of a prototype: a first sound, image or movement. We were interested in the contrast between the active production process in the past and the emptiness and stillness of today. v_END is a choreography of sounds, images and bodies made for the camera. Inspired by personal stories we reflected on the questions of dependance, transformation, intimacy and echo of the importance of human presence. Musical composition was made from the recorded sounds of the empty factory. Movements were based on site-specific composition and movement research connected to active industrial sites. The visual material projected from above on the circular shape spot reflected on the history of the paper factory. 

Going further on with our original focus in the empty factory building of DN Steel Works in Csepel, we developed the project work_in_process__ , which consisted of a site-specific performance and a physical experience involving audience members. In the performance we connected human movement to the mechanical movement of the crane and the equally mobile visual environment appearing digitally in the space. We were questioning the importance of human presence in the coordinated choreography of the physical machine and digital traces of an imaginary conveyor belt. The two bodies were not only connected to the movement of this machinery but also to sound composition coming from the sound of the crane and a drum set.

Q for Silence was a physical experimentation reflecting on the active industrial past of the building. The big empty hall was filled in with a very loud sound composition recorded during the production process in Rockwool factory, Moss. The participating audience members were led one by one by a dancer in the space wearing a noise and light reducing helmet on their head and offered with an exiting journey through their senses. 

Artists involved:

Choreography and dance: Máté Czakó and Flóra Eszter Sarlós
Video mapping, sound reactive visual themes: Kristóf Szabó
Music: Jonas Bjerketvedt

Presentations: 
29. 03. 2017 Peterson Paper factory, Moss
21-22. 04. 2017 Csepel Művek (the building of DN Acélszerkezetgyártó Kft.), Budapest

Supporters: EEA Grants, Placcc, Ostfold Kulturutvikling, DN Acélszerkezetgyártó Kft., Rockwool fabrikk Moss

More information on www.pictureproject.eu