performance installation for digital and analog synthesis, lighting, laser and interactive tables (2020)
Performance: Marko Ciciliani
RAVE Séance is a live performance that lasts for an extended period of time and that can be joined by the audience at any point.
The project creates an audiovisual environment that fuses aspects of Rave culture and esoteric séances. By combining music that is characterized by electronic sound production and mechanical repetition, with pseudo spiritistic practices, it thematizes the coupling of scientific discovery and magic, which have existed since discoveries in the field of electricity have entered popular culture in the 19th C.
In this project I am retracing this seemingly contradictory combination of the esoteric and the technological by referring to Rave Culture – a field that also carries many ritualistic patterns not dissimilar to religious practices – in an intimate setting of a pseudo-séance. The arrangement of the room includes small interactive tables at which the audience can sit and through which they can influence the performance, as well as experience the invocation of a techno ghost.
Marko Ciciliani (*1970, Zagreb) is a composer, audiovisual artist, performer and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the composition of performative electronic music, mostly in audiovisual contexts. Interactive video, light design and laser graphics often play an integral part in his compositions.
Ciciliani’s music has been performed in more than forty-five countries across Eurasia, Oceania and the Americas. As a result of his interdisciplinary practice his work can be found in different genres. It has been programmed at festivals and concert series of electronic experimental music such as Experimental Intermedia, NYC, Club Transmediale, Berlin, SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, Ibrasotope, São Paolo or Findars, Kuala Lumpur; by festivals for post-avantgarde music such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival or Maerzmusik; just as well as in the context of media art, as in the festival Ars Electronica or with iMAL, Brussels.
Ciciliani is Professor for Computer Music Composition and Sound Design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In 2014, 16 and 18 he has taught as tutor at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt”. As of 2020 he is artistic director of the interdisciplinary workshop for young creators ChampdAction.LAbO, as well as of the festival TimeCanvas@DeSingel in Antwerp.