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TEMPESTARII + DISintegration

A 1 track experimental album (10m 9s) — released December 16th 2013 on Editions Mego

Music composed by Stephen O'Malley for the film Tempestarii & the DISintegration exhibition by Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert.
Written & Produced in Paris 0913.
Guitars recorded at Control Club, Bucharest 0913.
Icelandic field recordings by Nadine Hilbert 013.
Mastered by Brad Boatright, Audiosege, PDX 0913

Film premiered at CCRD opderschmelz, Dudelange 251013, DISintegration Exhibition 261013-031113

Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert
With live music by Stephen O'Malley
25 October, 2013 8.45PM

Dawn spreads its luminous rays across the coast of Iceland, to reveal a sorcerer standing between wine-dark sea and mountainous black rock. He is tempestarii, a figure of medieval lore, undertaking a primitive rite manifested to conjure a storm. The tides of the deep ocean breathe heavily rising and falling across the cinema screen with amplifying power, as the weather-maker beats a mysterious sack against the monolithic cliffs with powerful repetition. As a magical tool, this sack contains forceful winds pulled from each corner of world. As an analogy, it is aligned with the revolutionary transformations of nature by water, air, solar radiation, and geological shifts and filled with the vast potential of man's will in alliance with Nature. As an omen, the tempestarii signals profound change on both physical and metaphysical realms.
Presented as both a live performance and an installation, Tempestarii is an immersive experience of video and sound. By demonstrating contemporary art as meteorological sorcery and political activism, the duo Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert raise a storm and blacken the air.

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert
With Stephen O'Malley
Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, November 03, 2013
Monday - Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Cast from the premiere performance, Tempestarii will sustain at CCRD in the form of a video and sound exhibition. The duration of the video is designed to consume the entire run of the exhibition period: 9 days, or 108 hours. Within this span of time, Tempestarii will undergo continual change. The video will loop, in a way, yet each iteration is parasitically copied from the preceding version. Video files disintegrate when they are copied again and again, more and more pixels go missing. The resulting loss of definition, as well as parasitic interferences, gradually darken the images until they dissolve into blackness.

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