meissner / slavin / sachs

Presence / Absence : : : Into the Void

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Presence/absence:::into the void is a reflection upon the history and the recent changes in the Krakovian neighbourhood of Kazimierz. The center of this meditation is the seemingly contradictory development of the last few years, which is showing the attempts to re-animate Jewish culture. The piece is working on the basis of an attempt of reversing the seasons: from summer to winter... the 700-year-old Jewish district of Krakow. What struck Meissner at first sight was the glaring contrast between the rich though often neglected presence of the material culture and the dreadful absence of the community exterminated during the Nazi days.

Four months later, on 26 June 2003, at Krowoderska 52 club in Krakow, Sebastian Meissner, Ran Slavin and Eran Sachs offered the final effects of their research in the form of a series of pieces. They carefully crafted crunchy steps, freezing wind, cracking ice and conversations into a mesmerising film for the ears. The imaginative power of the music was reinforced by Slavin's video impressions, equally apt in conjuring up a desolate though meaningful digital environment referring to Nowa Huta, the empty large defunct metal industry zone.

Sebastian Meissn
Works as music composer, sound designer and photographer in Vienna. Over the years his audio-visual works have been presented by curators of prestigious festivals and exhibited in international galleries such as Transmediale, Sonic Square, Podewil, Portikus Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Goethe Institute Buenos Aires, Kulturhuset Stockholm and Forsythe Ballet. His music and sound compositions - as Random Inc. - are released on music labels Mille Plateaux, Ritornell, Kompakt, Crónica and Beta Bodega.

Ran Slavin
Works as filmmaker and audio-visual artist in Tel Aviv. His last video opus is one of the most brilliant films to come out of Israel in the last few years: INSOMNIAC CITY. Premiering with the first part at the Venice Biennial of Architecture in 2004 and continuing with part 3 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and international venues. Working with experimental cinema, digital and acoustic music, video art and live video/sound performances. Operating between contemporary art and new music, his visual work has been described as intense urban surrealism. It is a culmination of balanced relations between sound and video, their interconnections. His work has been shown at the Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Transmediale, Istanbul Biennial, Cinemathèques in Israël and Paris, festivals in Berlin, Slovenia, Amsterdam, Austria, New York, China, Israel, London, Ukraine. His music and videos are released on the music-media labels Mille Plateaux, Cronica, and Sub Rosa.

Eran Sachs
Works as a composer, improviser, sound artist and curator in Jerusalem. He plays this machine regularily in the Doom-Dub-Noise outfit Lietterschpich and John Zorn's "Cobra" improvising ensemble in Israel. His works have been released on Mille Plateaux and various labels in Israel. As a sound artist his works tend to fuse the sonic with the political, as in the case of "Yannun Yannun", which portrays the harrasment of Palestinian villagers by fanatic settlers. He founded and managed the Yad-Vashem bookstore - the only Holocaust dedicated bookstore in Israel.




01 Sebastian Meissner
Into The Void: Traces In Snow 0:40
02 Sebastian Meissner
Kazimierz: The Making Of A Ghetto 5:29
03 Sebastian Meissner
Virtual Jewish Space 5:18
04 Sebastian Meissner
Night And Fog 0:27
05 Sebastian Meissner
Presence/Absence: Die Stadt Ohne Juden 2:04
06 Sebastian Meissner
Kazimierz: Empty And Ghostly Place 5:08
07 Sebastian Meissner
(The Larger The Distance From Kraków Is The More) Kazimierz Is Sexy 2:56
08 Sebastian Meissner
...198819901992199419951996... 4:16
09 Sebastian Meissner
Radical Jewish Culture 3:09
10 Sebastian Meissner
Barszcz Z Pierogami U Polakowskiego 4:10
11 Sebastian Meissner
Outro (Batteries On Ice) 0:12
12 Ran Slavin
Untitled 0:21
13 Ran Slavin
Into Krakow On The Night Train / Melting Snow Tracks / Quiet Town 8:01
14 Ran Slavin
12 North / Night Particles 5:34
15 Ran Slavin
Interior / Nova Huta 4:51
16 Ran Slavin
Foreigner / Snow Tracks 1:24
17 Ran Slavin
Klezmer Pimp/Etch 4:53
18 Ran Slavin
Light Movement/Nova Huta 2:59
19 Ran Slavin
Untitled 0:20
20 Eran Sachs
Mute 5:02
21 Eran Sachs
Crackle 10:10