By Tim Hecker, Marcel Weber (MFO) & Geza Schoen
Ephemera Live is part of the Unsound-produced Ephemera project, linking sound and olfactory elements. Crossing the border between live performance and installation, this 45-minute show takes the concept to the level.
The audience enters a room filled with fog. It is unclear where the front, back or side is, let alone the point from where the artists perform - feelings of disorientation, mystery and euphoria are evoked. Around the outside of the room, Marcel Weber has set up a strip of LED lights, which he controls live, causing the fog to shift in colour. The smell of Geza Schoen's Drone scent also fills the space. There are no chairs, and the audience is free to move around the room rather than stand in one place, creating a dynamic, sensual hub.
This multisensory, synaesthethic show might bring up connections with the works of James Turell, Oliafur Eliasson as well as La Monte Young's legendary Dream House installation - yet it is also absolutely original.
After acclaimed shows at Unsound Toronto and Unsound Krakow, Ephemera Live will take place at a small number of carefully selected venues over 2016 and 2017. This work fits particularly well to galleries and arts festivals.
The Ephemera project is curated by Malgorzata Plysa and Mat Schulz
The Press on Ephemera Live
It took a room and turned it into a cloud... you were transported. Hecker's distorted organs and guitars throbbed and gurgled and glowed; the wooden floors of the place shook beneath your feet. His vivid tone colors seemed a perfect match for the pink-into-red-into-blue play of the lights. Towards the climax, the strobes sped up—overwhelming and calming all at once. If you'd ever wanted to feel like there was nothing around you but sound and light, this was as close as you were going to get.
Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork
Ephemera is truly, unequivocally original — a sensory performance on a whole new level.
Exclaim! (review score 9/10)
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Hobart, Tasmania, at Dark MOFO - June 15, 2016
Krakow, Unsound - October 16, 2015
Toronto, Unsound Toronto at Luminato - June 19, World Premiere