The presentation of the Digital Sculptures for Analog Sounds (DSFAS) installation in Shenzhen, China was met with great interest and enthusiasm. My Chinese and Polish colleagues organized the event beyond my expectations and they were all very helpful in installing and testing DSFAS despite being busy with their own presentations and concerts. Getting support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland was a great recognition of the efforts that my colleagues in Poland invested in the project and I think that the Ministry should be most satisfied with the results of the events in Shenzhen and Hong-Kong. We had literally hundreds of people come to see the installation and the concerts. I consider it a huge success, and honestly, I did not expect it to be that big of an event. I think, it proves that there is tremendous interest in Polish contemporary art in China and such events are worth supporting. Mr. Lu Zen was our key person on the Chinese soil. I feel that without him we would be simply lost. At one point I kind of felt sorry for him, all I heard was “Zen, can you…?”, “Zen, what is…?”, “Zen, how do I…”, but he accommodated all of our needs and I’m very grateful to him for his kindness and directness when needed – after all Polish people like to push the limits I was able to capture Mr. Lu Zen doing Tai Chi on my installation during one of the testing sessions – it gave some ideas for a new project, too. Check out the video below.
I could not recover from the extreme fatigue until now. During last few months I always went to bed after 3 AM. Anyway, ChoP Festival is finished, and I must say that it was a perfect event. We had an important support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Art & Technology Foundation, professional graphic design, huge promotion, interesting lectures and new media art installation, we also made a great filed recording in Shenzhen and impressed many spectators during the concert – we simply had a perfect concert at IDUTANG art space! I’m so happy at that moment – it was good to work so hard and get the final success!
I think we should really say “Thank you” to: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Art and Technology Foundation, Polish Embassy to China, Jarek Grzesica, Przemyslaw Moskal from Canisius College, DJ Allen from Shenzhen Music Radio (FM97.1), DJ Lingwei from U-Radio (FM105.7), 0755 Weekly, Metro Life Magazine, Miss May from Mask9.com…… Special thanks to all members of ChoP project – thank you for working so hard for the project and festival!
I’m sure the Festival was the best summary for 6 years of ChoP Project: many many people came to the concert and listened carefully, they did not left until the very end of the concert. What is more, all local media reported the festival…
ChoP Festival was an important cultural event in Shenzhen in 2012! We achieved the purpose of the project once again: Transnational Collaboration.
Shenzhen Music Radio(FM97.1)//DJ Allen
Hong Kong is always busy. Even on Sunday. We came to HKG in the morning and first went to the hostel. Than Matt and I went to check in in the city (Metro Central Station). Yes, you can check in earlier, and than only go to the airport 20 minutes before the boarding time. Amazing idea!
Than Peter went to Apple Store and later we saw Filipino women who meet on Sundays and build strange cardboard boxes (houses) where they talk and entertain each other.
We also had time to go to the supermarket. As you can see, the entrance was a small door and quite a big supermarket was underground. It must be difficult to carry bags outside.
You can also see the hostel. Well – all flats I saw in HKG are so small. The bathroom was not only a toilet, but also a shower! There was only a small aisle between the beds. Amazing how they use the space.
We are finally in Hong Kong where the Internet is open to the world. We can finally use google, facebook and wordpress! Now we have something like 40 minutes for ourselves so every person who is not dead (so tired) is working on updating our social media! Matt has just updated the FaceBook page.
We started updating with the latest event, so you can expect the rest later. The second concert at 9:00 PM was simply amazing. The whole venue was simply crowded with people. We really didn’t expect to see so many people who are interested in our festival, but the promotion was really great (thanks to Zen Lu) so we were simply speechless. The first duo was Nmls + Er Dao, than Grzegorz Bojanek + Zen Lu and finally Kim_Nasung + Shen Piji (both playing traditional Chinese instruments). After the concerts we had nice long discussions – as usual. Then we had to go to the hostel to pack our bags.
We had to leave Shenzhen at 7:00 AM today, cause Przemek’s flight was at 11:00 AM. Now we saw him active on Skype. It appeared that Przemek’s flight was cancelled and he has to fly tomorrow at 1:00 PM !!! So he is coming back to HKG, to see us playing today! What a crazy day!
Before the concert we really didn’t know what to expect! We knew that the promotion was as good as possible. We were in the all media. Our tracks were played by Shenzhen Radio during the day (at about 12 o’clock), there were articles about the Festival in Shenzhen Daily, Metro Life and many other magazines. But the first part was scheduled at 3:30 PM so there was a big question mark!
But before the concert more and more people entered the Idutang Space. And finally we started playing. And I have to say that it was really amazing! I was playing first and I have to say that there was a great flow. The people were really concentrated on my music. When I finished it was the time for Nmls who played more club stuff (later he had to copy his mp3 tracks to several beautiful Chinese fans!). After Peter’s show it was the time for a Bojanek & Michałowski duo. (you can pre-order our album published by Ohm Resistance). It was really strange cause as Peter noticed, it was our first time when we did not improvise during the whole show. But we really wanted to present tracks from our upcoming album “As Far As It Seems”. The last one was Kim_Nasung, playing more experimental and introvert live-act. I really enjoyed all the live acts cause we presented many different styles and approaches to the composition and sound-creation. But it is you to assess if the show was good. The fact that even more people came to the evening show can be a proof that the Chinese audience liked what we presented in the first part.
It’s 00:11 (Sunday) and we’ve just finished our second concert. It was great. During the first part (at 3:30 PM) there were really many people listening to our music, but the second part, which started at 9:00 PM was simply amazing! There were so many people that the stuff had to add many chairs for the people who came to see us! AWESOME! We will write a better report tomorrow from Hong Kong where the internet is open and we will be able to upload the photos. So stay tunned.
The first event in Mooka Space Gallery was the Grand Opening of the installation called Digital Sculptures For Analogue Sounds. Przemek Moskal, the art director of the project, came to Shenzhen from Bufallo (USA) and he had a busy week installing everything with a strong support of Matt and Peter.
As you can see, there were really many people interested in the project. Some teachers who saw us during the lectures at the Shenzhen University decided to bring their students, just to show them that there are no limitations as far as the video – interactive art is concerned. Some of them had big fun “flowing” in the virtual space. The installation was open until midnight and there were people all the time playing with the Digital Sculptures.
The first Festival event was planned at the Shenzhen University. We met with quite a big group of students of the College of Art and Design to talk about ChoP Project, situation of the independent artists in Poland and Europe, visual and new media art. At the very end of the meeting Nmls played some nice tracks in order to invite people to the main Festival events.