KASPERI LAINE, JANI-MATTI SALO, VILLE SEPPÄNEN, HEIDI SOIDINSALO: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (IN A BOX)

IS A PART OF THE FINNISH PAVILLION (WEATHER STATION. STAGING SOUND) IN THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE AND SPACE  18.-28.6.2015, PQ15.

LOCATIONS:  COLLORADO-MANSDELD PALACE AND OVOCNY TRH

 

THE MAIN THEMES OF PQ15 ARE MUSIC, WEATHER AND POLITICS, OF WHICH FINLAND HAS CHOSEN WEATHER.

WEATHER STATION AND THE PAVILLIONARE ORGANIZED BY THE FINNISH OISTAT CENTRE.

 

PQ AWARDS 2015: FINLAND / WEATHER STATION - GOLD MEDAL FOR USE OF MEDIA IN PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND

A NOMINATION FOR THE GOLDEN TRIGA FOR BEST EXPOSITION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sound of Music (in a box) is an installation exhibiting weathered instruments both in Collorado-Mansfeld Palace and a cargo container in Ovocny trh in the international exhibition Prague Quadrennial of Design for Performance and Space 2015, PQ15.

 

The Finnish group Kasperi Laine, Jani-Matti Salo, Ville Seppänen, and Heidi Soidinsalo will create an installation to feature and create sound art and contemporary music. Their aim is to open up possibilities for understanding that the line between music and sound art can be very broad and hold within it incredibly interesting possibilities for listening and enjoying sounds. 

 

To achieve this, the group has planted instruments around Finland during the summer of 2014 and left them there for an entire year. Their aim is to see what the effect of all four seasons will be, and how the instruments' personalities will change during their time spent outdoors.

 

The installation at the cargo container will center around a piano, that has spent a year by the sea in South-Eastern Finland. The piano can no longer be played in a traditional manner, but its sounds and voice can be found in other ways. The duration of the year and the effect of its surroundings can be heard in its unusual creaks, grunts and whispers that have replaced the normal tones of a piano.

 

The questions that arise from this year-long experiment are: How can one play an instrument, that cannot be used in its original way? What kind of unexpected sounds will it give if treated with an open mind? What has the instrument been listening to during its year outside, and can we hear that experience through its new tones?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

KASPERI LAINE

 

Kasperi Laine (b.1978) is Finnish rap artist and producer, sound designer, and composer. His music and sound designs are known for their characteristic personality and experimental nature. Laine graduated from the Theater Academy of Finland’s sound design department in 2007. His work can be heard on both music records as well as in dance and theater performances: Kaspar Hauser (Q-Theater), Breaking the fury (Malmö Opera), Pako-Laine (Ähky records). Laine’s work can be described as a mixture of high and low, his soundscapes effortlessly blending together popular culture with contemporary sound art. Laine and his orchestra Palava Kaupunki was awarded "Best band of the year 2013" (Funky awards). Laine has worked, among others, with Susanna Leinonen, Jukka Orma, Timothy Henty, Akse Petterson, Anna Viitala, Mikki Kunttu, Egill Pärlsson, Teemu Mäki, Arja Tiili, Susanna Kuparinen and Jukka Viikilä.

 


 

JANI-MATTI SALO

 

Jani-Matti Salo (b.1984) is a Helsinki-based lighting and set designer who works with contemporary dance and theatre. He graduated from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Art and Media in 2009. In last years Salo has worked on the productions of Aune Kallinen, Teemu Mäki, Pauliina Hulkko, Enrico Stolzenburg, Live Art Society, Ona Kamu, Lehtovaara & Companions, Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez, as well as the Finnish Chamber Opera. Salo's lighting designs have also been seen at several international festivals (Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, England and Scotland). Salo’s designs can be described as ways to create performances as a whole through the means of visual design. In addition to performances, Salo has created several installations based on lighting and spatial design, which have been shown at f.ex. The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. In 2015 Salo was awarded the prize for Best Lighting Design of the Year in Finland for his work on Ihanat ihmiset for Q-theater. www.janimattisalo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

VILLE SEPPÄNEN

 

Ville Seppänen (b.1982) is a lighting and video designer and scenographer, whose work has been seen in various theater, dance and opera productions both in Finland and abroad. Seppänen’s latest work includes Kaspar Hauser for Q-Teatteri, several music videos for Finnish musicians like Jätkäjätkät and Laineen Kasperi, performative work for the Vibes performance series, as well as, a minimalistic yet spectacular visualization for Masi Tiitta’s solo dance performance Soldier. Seppänen was given the award for Best Video Design of the year in Finland for his work on the play Broken Heart Story by Saara Turunen in 2012. His work can be seen as an essential and definitive part of the performances he works on, which rely heavily on his visualizations both in terms of dramaturgy and performative concepts.

 

 


 

HEIDI SOIDINSALO (NÉE LIND)

 

Heidi Soidinsalo (née Lind, b.1983) is a Helsinki-based sound designer. Soidinsalo became a Master of Theater Arts in 2009. She has since worked actively as a sound designer in the field of contemporary theater and dance, as well as a musician, sound artist, dramaturge, and performer. Her work has been heard both in the Finnish National Theater’s stages and on the fringe of contemporary performance art. In 2013 Soidinsalo was awarded the prize for Best Sound Design of the Year in Finland for her work on Play Alter Native for Theater Viirus. In addition to creating performances, Soidinsalo has broadened her work in the field by teaching and writing about sound design as an integral part of theater as an art form. In 2014 a book called “Ääneen ajateltua - kirjoituksia äänestä, esityksestä ja niiden kohtaamisista” (Thinking out loud - essays on sound, performances, and their encounters) was published by the Theater Academy Finland. Soidinsalo was both the editor and one of the eleven writers who contributed articles to the book, which aims to examine the relationship between performance and sound design, and broaden the field of written work about sound design as an art form.