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Recent Arts





VALENTINA BERTHELON AND TOBIAS FREUND AKA RECENT ARTS

Recent Arts is a duo formed by Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelonand German musician Tobias Freund. They use video projections and experimental sound to build live performances full of symbolism, stories and poetry, generating an instance not just to enjoy music but also to make deep reflections about the world and our position in it. They are always interested on exploring new technics, new ways of creating and new ways of communicating with the audiences.

     

SKIN _ NEW AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE BY RECENT ARTS, A COLLABORATION  WITH SINGER BARBIE WILLIAMS, PERFORMERS AND DANCERS


Skin is an audiovisual concert created with video projections, experimental electronic music, lights and live singing of Barbie Williams. For this project Recent Arts colaborated with performers and dancers to create video pieces with body improvistions based on the music of Tobias Freund and Barbie Williams. Throughout the show the video projections of the moving bodies in tandem with haunting musical landscapes, will tell stories and generate tensions, inviting the audience to think about the limits and possibilities of their own bodies.

STAGE DESIGN

Video and sound will be played, processed and mixed live on stage and the concept of skin will be developed in the stage design. Recent Arts will perform behind a translucent screen and it is through a sequence of lightning effects that they will be seen by the audience. The transparent screen is used here as a metaphor of the skin, a boundary and a semi-permeable membrane that divides the inside from the outside, a site at which ideas of surface and depth intersect and emerge. 


MUSIC

The music will be performed live with a looper using a bass guitar running through a freezer, as well as drum synth that plays in real time non qantized beats. Simultaneously, there will be vocal improvisations. The music style is basically drone and simple broken beats.

SKIN CONCEPT

We live in an increasingly technological world characterised by a never ending desire of perfection. An era of smartphones and social media that constantly attempts to divide us, disembody us and categorise the body. In this context, we felt the need to present the “moving body itself” as communicative agent, using improvisatory actions as one of our main sources of inspiration and creation. The body and the skin will never be perfect nor allow perfection to be achieved. On the contrary, body and skins manifest as an evolving map of the individual’s experience, which cannot be wiped clean and which is in a constant process of decay and regeneration.

COLLABORATION WITH PERFORMERS
 
In the creation of the videos of this project Recent Arts worked with dancers Xenia Wiest (Russia), Shiori Tada (Japan), Rob Fordeyn ( Belgium) and performers Simona Marini and Desireh (Germany), all  based in Berlin.



Inside Live


Movements & Codes

Contact


Ophelia


Natural Course Live

Surface



Out There


Latex


VALENTINA BERTHELON  & TOBIAS FREUND AKA RECENT ARTS


BARBIE WILLIAMS




SKIN AUDIO TECHNICAL RIDER

Equipment provided by Artist:
- EHX Looper 96000
- Pearl Syncussions SY-1
- Roland MC 202
- Casio VL-1
- Volca FM
- Effect pedal chain

Equipment provided by Promotor:
- Stereo Audio PA
- Audio mixer Makie Onyx
- Compressor for vocals (FOH)
- Reverb effect unit (FOH)
- Stereo monitors
- European power plugs
- 1x Table 1m x 80cm
- 1 microphone stand
SKIN VIDEO TECHNICAL RIDER


Equipment provided by Artist:
- 1 Video mixer Roland V-1HD
- 1 Mac Book Pro
- 1 Audio card
- 1 Midi controller
- 1 midi controller pad
- 1 preview monitor

Equipment provided by Promotor:
- 1 HD Beamer
- Transparent screen in front of stage (16:9)
- European power plugs
- 1 long HDMI cable to the stage
- 1x Table 1m x 80 cm

Lights:
We use a basic light set up, consisting in local spots for the 3 artist and background lights. We will provide a basic storybord with the light design.
RECENT ARTS PREVIOUS LIVE PERFORMANCES
2012 Recent Arts live at Video and Media Art Biennal, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, Santiago de Chile.
2016 Recent Arts live  at Berlin Atonal, Germany
2016 Recent Arts video installation at Berlin Atonal, Germany
2016 Recent Arts live at HAU1, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.
2017 Recent Arts live at Fiber Festival, Amsterdam, Holland
2017 Recent Arts live at Saasfee* Pavilion, Frankfurt, Germany
2017 Recent Arts live at the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2017 Recent Arts video installation at Gamma Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2017 Recent Arts live at Contact Club, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Recent Arts live at Dave Festival, Kleines Haus, Staatsschauspiel, Dresden, Germany
2018 Recent Arts live at Sala del Angel, Santiago de Chile
2018 Recent Arts live at Säule (Berghain), Berlin, Germany
2018 Recent Arts live at Scopes, Frequency Shifts, Secret Garden , Berlin Germany

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF SKIN PROJECT
CLICK HERE TO SEE GALLERY OF PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES


WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
www.valentinaberthelon.com
www.tobiasfreund.com

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