Mariam Gviniashvili

Photo © Balint Laczko

Mariam Gviniashvili

Chaos and Awe

8-channel fixed medium, video (2022, WP)
commissioned by Heroines of Sound with support of Norsk Kulturrådet

Thursday 7 July, 2022
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In an age of global instability, the threat of chaos looms. Or is the threat more spectral than real? The fear of chaos may simply be our response to living in a world controlled by powerful forces beyond our understanding.
– Mark W. Scala, Chaos and Awe, 2018

Fear, Control, Deception, Discrimination, Struggle, and Survival. These are crucial topics for an artist of immigrant background, I personally relate to. The composition is based on recordings and samples from Buchla synthesiser with different frequency ranges, timbres and dynamics, human voice and speech, various percussion instruments and bowed instruments for sustained, drone-like sounds. The same visual parameters used for image interpolation will also be used to control sound.
Chaos and Awe was the title of the exhibition of 50 paintings curated by Mark W. Scala at the Frist Art Museum. The artists in the exhibition dramatically reflect the effects of globalism, mass migration, mass control, radical ideologies, and complex technologies, forces whose unfathomable scale and powerful influence can frighten people. This exhibition has become an inspiration for me to create the current composition.

Mariam Gviniashvili is an Oslo-based composer and sound artist, born in Georgia. Her compositional focus is on investigating the role of spatiality in music whereby her artistic practice also extends to audiovisual works in which she explores the relationships between 3D sound and moving image. Gviniashvili completed her master studies in electronic music composition and electronic music media at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Franz Liszt Academy of Music and Tbilisi State Conservatoire. She ist he recipient of numerous awards including the Prix Ars Electronica and PRIX CIME and has been commissioned by Notam, ZKM Karlsruhe, Nordic Voices and KUPP. Her music is regularly performed at international venues such as Ars Electronica, Klingt Gut, New York City Electroacoustic MusicFestival and Ultima in Oslo.

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