Our video series continues with this interview of Hans van Koolwijk, who, after 16 years, returned to Prague to present his work for inflated balloons and bamboo flutes at the National Gallery at Veletržní Palác. In addition, he also performed the work Bambuso Sonoro on his self-created musical instrument, a bamboo pipe organ, in the former Electric Works Building in Prague’s Bubeneč.
Thanks to the kind permission of Jiří Jiráček, we can now see an archival recording van Kollwijk’s performance of Bambuso Sonoro from the year 2000, which took place as part of the exhibition Nest of Games at the Rudolfinum, in addition to a 2016 video interview, recorded at the Electric Works Building by Dominik Žižka.
In the upcoming months we will be continuing the series, featuring these artists, who also appeared at the 2016 vs. Interpretation festival: Praed, Lê Quan Ninh, and Christine Abdelnour.
The second vs. Interpretation festival, organized by the Agosto Foundation, took place in spring 2016 in Prague, and focused on music improvisation that extends into the fields of motion, the visual arts, and new approaches in composition. A wide variety of international performers and musicians participated, exploring the current state of improvised music and sound art, combining performances, graphic art, installations, and public events.
The festival included these artists: Christine Abdelnour, Knut Aufermann, Marcel Bárta, The Blavatsky Society, Theo Bleckmann, Book of Days, Tony Buck, Angélica Castelló, Paed Conca, George Cremaschi, Lloyd Dunn, Sabine Ercklentz, Les Femmes Savantes, Luboš Fidler, Andrej Gál, Julyen Hamilton, Handa Gote Research & Development, Hanna Hartman, Boris Hauf, Steve Heather, Audrey Chen, Jan Jirucha, Mazen Kerbaj, Michal Kindernay, Hans Koch, Marek Kundlák, Christof Kurzmann, Lê Quan Ninh, Pasi Mäkelä, Thomas Martinez, Lisa Mezzacappa, Microvomit, Christof Migone, Phil Minton, Martha Mooke, Andrea Neumann, Jérôme Noetinger, Novi_sad (Thanasis Kaproulias), Robert Ostertag, Andrea Parkins, The Peeled Eye, Porta Chiusa, Praed +, Prague Improvisation Orchestra, Tomáš Procházka, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Rouba3i, Sharif Sehnaoui, Martin Siewert, Michael Thieke, Miroslav Tóth, Ukamau, Daniel Vlček, Sarah Washington, Ute Wassermann, Christian Weber, Raed Yassin, Pavel Zlámal, Adam Železný, and Ladislav Železný.
All interviews were filmed by Dominik Žižka and conducted by Petr Slabý.