“It all starts with the sound of the modem connecting…
There are seven songs, proto-algorithmic pseudo-songs. The music is all computer generated, lyrics are sung by a computer – and this is of course also the case with the Swedish moderator guiding us through the Post-Pop Meta-Vision experience…
Before each song the computer voice announces:
Låt nummer ett: ×kX‹-+Ô[ô |Ń‚xăö9
Låt nummer två: ×›lëśßwp^Ů ßc W
Låt nummer tre: -ľH°¦Y˙7y=¹^=Q _-Můě
Låt nummer fyra: éOŁs=•üVz˙ Ľ‚;z—xľ,?
Låt nummer fem: 9ç†°¬ý3÷ °¬ 1É ›‘i
Låt nummer sex: Hh…og“mS~ÍÖÎ¸ŐZ»
Låt nummer sju: Éc Ö=ě ŢĘS÷…O‚ ü
At the very end, the computer voice quotes Marx’s 11th thesis on Feuerbach, also in Swedish: “Filosoferna har bara tolkat världen på olika sätt, men det gäller att förändra den. Karl Marx.”
I chose the Swedish language because – for me personally – the Swedish language is a synonym for the ESC, the Eurovision Song Contest. But I wanted the whole thing also to sound serious: to have the ESC touch, but inside a very serious, almost classical atmosphere. That’s why there’s not much other sound effects (besides some short beeps and gongs), so that the main focus of the listeners can be put on the music, on these seven weird, a bit dark, post-Brechtian and meta-punky songs…”
Igor Štromajer (intima.org) researches tactical emotional pseudo-/para-/proto-artistic actions, intimate guerrilla, and traumatic low-tech communication strategies.
He has shown his work at more than two hundred exhibitions in more than sixty countries (transmediale, ISEA, EMAF, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica Futurelab, V2_, IMPAKT, CYNETART, Manifesta, FILE, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Hamburg Kunsthalle, ARCO, Banff Centre, Les Rencontres Internationales, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale and in numerous other galleries and museums worldwide) and received a number of awards (in Frankfurt, Moscow, Hamburg, Dresden, Belfort, Madrid, Maribor).
His projects form part of the permanent collections of the prestigious art institutions, among them Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Computerfinearts Net and Media Art Collection in New York, and the Maribor Art Gallery in Slovenia.
As a guest artist he lectures at universities and contemporary art institutes. Štromajer lives and works between Frankfurt am Main and Maribor / Ljubljana.