Aligned with the IMAA national conference at The Banff Centre, John Grzinich (Estonia) will facilitate MUTOPIA, a process oriented workshop that explores collaboration, collective creativity and open forms of authorship. This is done through social and environmental site, site specific, video performance, street art, public intervention, or other. Additional workshops may be included in the series’ and will be determined in conjunction with partner organizations, to align with their respective programming for the 2011–2012 season.
Part of programming for M:ST 5.5
I have worked since the early 1990s as a freelance mixed-media artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures. My primary interest is working with sound, combining such divergent methods as field recording, filmmaking, electro-acoustic composition, performance, acoustic perception and listening awareness. I have performed internationally and regularly conduct workshops using sound as a collaborative medium. CDs of my compositions have been published on such labels as SIRR (PT), Staalplaat (NL), Edition Sonoro (UK), Mystery Sea (BE) CUT (CH), CMR (NZ), erewhon (BE), Intransitive Recordings (US), Digital Narcis (JP) Taalem (FR) Semper Florens (RU), and Cloud of Statics(CH).
Additionally, I have worked with experimental video production since 2000 often in combination with my audio work. In 2010 I completed my first two film works, ‘mimema’ and a treatise on sound and site-specific activity ‘Sound Aspects of Material Elements’, both of which were screened internationally and then published on DVD by the US label and/OAR (2012). I’m continually attempting to rethink the cinematic format with an emphasis on the sonic experience, leading to a more living, animistic view of landscapes, objects, the built environment and those who interact with them.
Since 2003 I have been an event and project coordinator at MoKS, an artist-run international residency center and project space in southeast Estonia.