Our generation has been raised to behave between patterns of political correctness and consumerism. It takes courage to stand up. It takes courage to say that these two pillars have been sending out the wrong signals over decades. It takes courage to see that we have walked away from social learnings to focus on individual fears and competition. It takes courage to say that everything happened for a reason. It takes courage to see that it happens again.
You’re free. Don’t go.
BORDERLINE SYNDROME – AN AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION BY KNOR AND MATIVA
« Borderline Syndrome is a unique experience for all senses. You enter a room with interactive projections that reminds you more of your last visit at the museum than a concert venue.
The absence of stage strikes you right away and you can see the musician KnoR and the audiovisual artist Mativa standing in the middle of the room in front of a big table covered with gear and shiny dots. The Musik starts to flow. The combo starts to improvise around the notion of social and natural environments towards an abstract world between noise and silence. Mativa’s – Purest of All Sounds.
The audience stands between the artists and the space created by three screens. A perfect setting for participative immersion. A glowing dot and then, silence. A door opens on the next chapter of the audiovisual narrative. The movie “Don’t Go” guides the crowd in a reflection on the concept of “HOME » – Is it a place with borders and a name? Or is it more like a deep rooted feeling?
KnoR moves seamlessly towards his live performance. His voice fills the room while the audience is surrounded by black matter. The artists push the limits and take the audience on a trip between audiovisual performance and electronic music. Beautiful visuals added to driving techno beats are the promise of an ecstatic build to a frenetic dance madness.
Later. Some words are exchanged at the bar, while some early adapters use their smartphones to immerse into virtual reality. »
Music is the message and KnoR’s new EP shows how sadness can be brassed in glorious colors to spread a deep feeling of freedom. As it goes, the sweet and forgotten taste of a world without borders is brought back to life by flows of hope and righteousness. “It’s Happening”, as he said, and the warm blues of the opening electro song “Don’t Go” is transformed in a rapidly growing and epic movement of courage infused in the dub techno anthem “Karillon”. Canson’s remix pushes the message forward and spreads more love in slow motion.
The official music video of the track “Don’t Go” invites the audience to step back and think. Walking through his life KnoR questions his relationship to this place we call home.
« Home is the place where we played and laughed with friends. Home is the place where we learned to love. Home is the place where we grew up and settled. Home is not a place. It’s a beautiful feeling bound to beautiful memories and lasts, as such, as long as the world is balanced.
Balance is fragile and some signs should remind us when we are leaving this steady state. Social values are traded for hollow promises and infinite growth, nature is traded for resources, time is traded for money and freedom is traded for security. Home turns into a place filled with inequalities. Home becomes a place where we share existential fears. Home becomes a place where we are easily fooled and controlled, a place with borders and a name. »
VIRTUAL REALITY and the objectivity of media – a collaboration between Mativa and Knor
The medium is the message and technological breakthroughs largely influence how we get exposed to it. As easily entertained as fooled, modern societies have seen political propaganda slowly replaced by marketing in an overwhelming media industry over the past century. As the resilience of the economic system is at stake there seems to be a strong will to reverse this process. Politicians are taking over broadcast stations and newspapers. Adding the strength of social networks to such media empire they influence the public debate, spreading irrational fears in order to wake up old ghosts.
Together, computational artist Mativa aka Matthias Moos and KnoR are moving towards the future of media and transform Mativa’s audiovisual piece “The Purest of All Sounds” (2014) into a virtual hide-away where the user can escape from his fears and refrain propaganda. The cutting edge application for virtual reality platforms immerses the user in a stunning generative world where the synchronous evolution of soundscape and light allows his mind to rest in an experience of total perception. It’s easy to get in but will you be able to get out?