, This Is Music, SPL
Bespoke agency SPL welcomes the illustrious Berlin based electronic music
label Innervisions to join forces with one of the most influential designers of our
time, Ron Arad. Presenting a spellbinding evening of film, music and artistic
installation for ‘An Evening with Dr Caligari’ as part of Curtain Call at one of
London’s oldest and most revered live music venues, the Roundhouse.
Ron Arad, renowned for combining playful forms and experiments with
advanced technologies has designed and produced a large-scale
interactive curtain, which will be suspended in the centre of the Roundhouse
Main Space for one month only. This event provides a wholly immersive
experience, with the curtain will initially project the epic 1920’s silent horror
film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, whilst Innervision’s Henrik Schwarz, Ame and
Dixon perform a live score they’ve written to accompany the picture.
Innervisions will then go onto undertake an exclusive live performance within
the space, collaborating with the technical and aesthetic expertise of Arad’s
studio to project a range of alluring visuals providing a completely unique
experience fusing music, film and performance in a one time experience for
The Innervisions inner circle are a renowned ensemble consisting of the highly
acclaimed musicians, producers and DJs Henrik Schwarz, Âme (Kristian Rädle
& Frank Wiedemann) and Steffen Dixon Berkhahn. Their regular and highly
celebrated performances at Berlin’s superclub Berghain and countless
international festivals have acquired a prodigal status and a deep global
respect for the collective throughout the electronic music scene. They have
been credited with initiating a renaissance of house music through their
forward thinking sounds and energies and when playing together they always
provide an enthralling performance.
The Innervisions collective first wrote the score for "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"
for a performance as part of the Jetzt Musik Festival 2010 in Mannheim,
Germany, a sibling to the biggest German techno festival TimeWarp. One of the most influential of German Expressionist films and often considered one of
the greatest horror movies of the early times, ‘Dr Caligari’ is a truly dark and
gripping story cited as having introduced the twist ending to cinema.
Innervisions embraced the opportunity to create a piece of music that
pushed them beyond the dancefloor and captivate their audience through
a sensitive perception of a different type of media to their norm. Combining
classical composition with electronics, Innervisions have written a musical
theme for each character of the film, which is based essentially on the letters
contained in the character’s name. Thus they created distinct scales - neither
minor nor major - whose range shapes the entire music for the film. The
production process was a combination of bricolage and musique concrète
composition. With the help of various devices such as keyboards, striking
surfaces, and rotary knobs, the musicians improvise and modulate sounds
and moods in real time and in accordance to the film plot.
Ron Arad stands out in the design world with his daredevil curiosity towards
technology and his range of alternative materials he employs for the versatile
nature of his work. He has worked on multiple projects using a plethora of
objects for a range of ventures, from carbon fibre armchairs, to polyurethane
bottle racks as well as larger scale and more sensuous endeavours such as
memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital. A
technical aspect tends to feature throughout his work demonstrating his
dependency on the computer and its rapid manufacturing capabilities as
much as he relies on the soldering apparatus in his metal workshop. His iconic
furniture has created inbuilt technology to receive and display SMS and
Bluetooth messages from mobile phones. Idiosyncratic and surprising, Arad's
designs have consistently communicated the joy of invention, pleasure,
humour, and pride in the display of their technical and constructive skills.
For his latest undertaking he, along with his talented studio have worked to
the strength of their technical design expertise, marrying it with their
fascination with alternative materials to produce something visually and
sonically supreme. For the first project within the Bloomberg Summer at the
Roundhouse series they've created a unique installation for the iconic London
building – Curtain Call. Roundhouse’s spectacular Main Space will
temporarily house a curtain made of 5,600 silicon rods, suspended from an 18
metre diameter ring – forming a completely unique and engaging canvas for
film, live performance and audience interaction.
“Walk in, penetrate, cross the moving images to get inside the cylinder. You’ll
be engulfed by images – a captive, but also a creator. It’s amazing what
exciting things happen on both sides of the curtain. I can’t wait.” Ron Arad
Having already worked with some of the most dynamic artists and musicians
in a series of intimate soirees in the capital, SPL introduce their most enticing
event yet. Innervisions presenting the Curtain Call is designed to inform and
inspire throughout its captivating journey.