Likeminds Noord, Grote Zaal
In this electronic music theater piece by sound artists Rosa Ronsdorf and Roos Pollmann, we listen through time in an accumulation of archive material and a web of tape loops. In an attempt to listen deeply to time, they add a 'Fifth Invention' to the piece 'Four Inventions for Radio' by Delia Derbyshire. In this performance they work together with visual artist Rosalie Wammes.
TWO HUNDRED TAPES AND A BOX OF A THOUSAND PAPERS
Two hundred tapes and a box full of a thousand papers were found in her attic after Delia Derbyshire’s death (in 2001). Derbyshire died as an unknown composer . Time slowly reveals her work and with it her place in the history of electronic music. In this performative installation we listen through time in an accumulation of archive material and a web of tape loops.
Who do you listen to? How do you listen? Does your echo sound the same as mine? What can we hear on the tapes of the past that have produced the sound of the future?
This work originated from an investigation into the female pioneers of electronic music and the unheard voices in their history. Delia Derbyshire was one of them. In 1953 she composed the piece ‘Four Inventions for Radio’, a groundbreaking piece that asked all kinds of people about their views on dreams, the afterlife or other major themes. Until recently, she never got the credit for this piece. These went to her male supervisor in the BBC studio who conducted the interviews. TWO HUNDRED TAPES AND A BOX OF A THOUSAND PAPERS was created by sound artists Rosa Ronsdorf and Roos Pollmann. In an attempt to listen deeply to time they add a ‘Fifth Invention’ to the piece ‘Four Inventions for Radio’ by Delia Derbyshire. For this performance they work together with visual artist Rosalie Wammes.
Rosa Ronsdorf is a musician and sound artist who is fascinated by the endless possibilities of sound, electronic experiments, sonic meditations, feminist sound waves and trance states. She works in the form of concerts, performances, records, tapes, installations and publications. . In her work she makes extensive use of her voice, synthesizers, poetry, guitars and processed samples. www.instagram.com/rosa_ronsdorf
Roos Pollmann is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on electronic music who is fascinated by the tactility of sound, the sound and image of human obstacles and the transmission of feeling and emotion through art. Her work takes shape in compositions, sound design, performances, records, tapes, multidisciplinary installations and poetry. In addition to her solo work, she also collaborates a lot in music and visual art projects, such as the band Flowers and she is a member of the art collective Questions Collective. www.roospollmann.nl www.questionscollective.com
Rosalie Wammes wishes to slow down time replacing minutes and seconds with the hands of memories, like the warmth of sun on her skin or how she sat in church hearing the sounds of the organ play as a child. With a background in theatre and music, she naturally pursued a slower, more independent energy in sculpture. She has continued to channel this creating clusters of sculptures often installed together, taking from natural forms like trees nestling together.
Her hands and intuition guide her practice, using materials like clay and metal, wax and sound she approaches the cultural space as a sanctuary, where everyone and everything, organic or artificial, living or dead is honoured equally. Her sculptures become channels of her memories, hopes and fears that marque a moment. Encapsulated in time and with open organic arms she wants to extend this out to her audience.
Wammes is a recent recipient of the Gilbert Bayes Award, selected for New Contemporaries 2022 and has shown her works in a.o. Saatchi Gallery, Showroom MAMA and Het HEM. She obtained her Master in Fine Arts at Chelsea college of Arts (UAL) in London and holds a BA in performance (Toneelacademie Maastricht), Wammes works in London and Rotterdam.
Concept, music and performance – Rosa Ronsdorf and Roos Pollmann
Scenography – Rosalie Wammes
Sound engineering – Larva Peruzzotti
Directing advice – Céline Talens
This performance was made possible by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Investeringsfonds Muziek, Buma Stemra and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science