XquisiteForce.AV


Collaborative audiovisual composition



Use Vimeo’s chapters index to discover artists’ AV matches and jump to specific chunks
︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎




                                 

Sound Artists

    Visual Artists

Aho Ssan

    A-li-ce

Aylu

    Ainissa V

Bonebrokk

    Alessandra Leone

Dali de Saint-Paul

    Analucia Roeder

Désir d'enfant

    Bora

ELLLL

    Constant Fernandez

Flore

    Geso

Forces

    h5io6i54k

Glass

    iamunnatural

Gramrcy

    Kevin Karanja

Holy Similaun   

    light.synth

Hulubalang   

    LUXMEADUX

Jellvako   

    Malo Lacroix

John Object   

    Michael Mesiats

Kaltès   

    Moonth.AV

Katie Gately   

    Nick Teeple

KMRU

    oxoo

Luke Lund

    Patrick Defasten

Simon Grab

    Petra Hermanova

Tadleeh

    Pierce Warnecke

Ziúr

    Pierre Tardif

Zoë Mc Pherson

    Sam Wiehl

ZULI

    Serena Stucke

    Software2050

    Soyun Park (RGBdog)

    Testu Collective











XquisiteForce.AV is a collaborative audiovisual piece, a record of artistic expressions and conversations. The project is addressed to adventurous video and sound artists, with the aim to foster synergetic thinking and making.

The »exquisite corpse« (cadavre exquis) is a surrealist method/technique created in the 1920s by which words and images are collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, having only seen the end of the previous contribution. »Xquisite Force« borrows from the surrealists’ semi-blind and sequential method and asks participants to create sound or video in response to the final fragment of a previous work.








[SF03] Grounding in outer space Alessandra Leone & Zoë Mc Pherson











Audiovisual piece by Alessandra Leone and Zoë Mc Pherson

Release : 20.11.2020 on SFX

Buy / Bandcamp : https://bit.ly/2I5IxG7

Press : FACT


An inner cinematic journey : sweeping tides reverberating into stellar spacecraft maneuvers.
A dreamspace dedicated to orbital resonance, to silent - yet not muted - movement.
It is an invitation to find power through rest, as an act of resistance.

Grounding in outer space invites us to decolonize our minds and imaginations, unlearn and relearn, think of possible futures, heal and find our best before the next movement.

︎

While soaring through space, a tale of tales of hypnotic forms resonates; night and day merge into one another.

It all starts with closed eyes, watching inward the life of dreams: fragments of memories, fantasies and paradoxes. As the ground shrinks and condenses, clusters of sparkly dots appear and flow away, as a tide.

I was disembodied at some point, I remember,  and all around were translucent obsidian rocks and the flow of volcanic glass. Calmly abstract and fully formed at the same time, vague but still crips and vivid.

Before the tide’s return, I had tasted all colours of this dream,  and the final flavour faded as it spread.
























[SFX01] Oscillate and Shimmer
Klahrk 










released on 19.11.2021

Music produced by Klahrk
Additional Production by Waller on 118>46
Additional Production by Lighght on MF.MT
Additional Production by CITYTRONIX on Phantoms
Additional Production by Zoë Mc Pherson on E-merge Stgy
Mixed by Zoë Mc Pherson
Mastered by Ingrid Loftsgarden
Artwork by Alessandra Leone





Effortless and disarming, lush yet brutal, “Oscillate and Shimmer,” the newest release by DJ, artist, producer and label owner Klahrk, is the fruit of isolated collaborations and longing for mutually-assured destruction. The eight tracks, written across 2020 and 2021, mix vital computer pop builds with ruptured, explosive breaks ringing of UK bass. This is the soundtrack to rebuild the world of the club and tear it down again.



Klahrk and Waller’s “118>46”, opens the digital release of the album and pulls listeners into a desolate atmosphere populated by biotic notes echoing in reverb.

Klahrk’s two solos; the industrial hit “Send It!!” cuts through the fog with a relentless trance hype that dies out into the seemingly serene “NuNegative”, pulsing with laser gun shots over a metallic beat. Experimental Athens-based club duo, Ice_Eyes intensifies the jungle-like breaks on “Send It!!” with a hardcore BPM push while “NuNegative” is remixed by breakout, London-based artist and DJ, Ehua, affiliated with Nervous Horizon. Known for her organic percussion, Ehua’s remix strips the track into elemental, syncopated spheres where fresh electric rhythms are introduced over Klarhk’s sonic space. As a new artist, Klahrk’s strength lies in his community and his ability to alchemize the local London scene with his friends on the internet. The collaborations on the album with Lighght, CITYTRONIX and Zoë Mc Pherson each hold the unique artists’ signatures while elongating Klahrk’s impulses and timing. Zoë Mc Pherson’s collaboration, “E-merge Stgy” is a playground for the two artists, obviously comfortable in transgressing genres. The gated vocal elements on the track lace together the destructive base and savage soundscape as the atmosphere shifts unexpectedly, eclipsing new plateaus of excitement with each new break.



It was Klahrk’s collaborations that first caught the eye of SFX, the Berlin-based label run by Zoë Mc Pherson and Alessandra Leone who stumbled upon the hidden gem of a track, “Klahrk & Roxas Present: Quavis,” before offering to produce “Oscillate and Shimmer.” Under SFX, Klahrk has built an album that hits fiercely while flirting with digital distortion to create dark tensions begging for release on the dance floor. Rooted in the industrial electronic scenes from the past, this album is written for the clubs of the future, where we can never guess what happens next.

HJ Frost
















XquisiteForce.collection/01



compilation in support of the people in Beirut





XquisiteForce.collection/01 was released on Sept,4 2020 in support of the people of Beirut.

Buy -  https://sfx-space.bandcamp.com/album/xquisiteforce-collection-01

All proceeds from sales of the compilation will go directly to two organisations in Beirut: Haven for Artists -who focus on supporting migrants, women and LGBTQI people- and Beit El Baraka. In the wake of the explosion on August 4th, which has compounded already-dire social and economic problems in the city, these two organisations are providing food and shelter and financial, medical and psychological assistance to those who need it most.

The compilation is a direct outcome of the open, collaborative audiovisual project XquisiteForce.AV that we have been developing since March 2020, and which is still ongoing as we speak.

XquisiteForce.AV:
https://s-f-x.space/XquisiteForce-AV

Artwork by Nick Teeple
Graphic design by Alessandra Leone
Mastering by Ingrid Loftsgarden at Greenhouse studios, Reykjavík
Curation and coordination by Zoë Mc Pherson







︎ ︎︎︎ Praise



CDM

BizaarBazaar
 
Tight
 
Ma3adef

Ins-rt 

RA 

The Ransom note

FACT 

VF

Scene Noise

If only

Artist                                                                                Track title

Aho Ssan    Ondl
Bonebrokk    Lightning
Ciarra Black    Subject B
Désir d'enfant    Je veux bien que tu m'arrêtes
ELLLL    SWEEPY
Flore    Peninsula
Forces    Xquisite Force
Glass    multi.
Gramrcy    No Borders Superior
Holy Similaun    VEETCH
Hulubalang    Cerca
John Object     Strange Cares
Katie Gately    Dead End
Klahrk & Ship Sket    Digital Death Mask
KMRU    Nuada
Luke Lund    Nowness (Traction)
Simon Grab & Zoë Mc Pherson feat. Dali de Saint Paul    Hayati
ZULI    Cipher



















[SF02] States of Fugue
Zoë Mc Pherson










Praise

Adventurous, freestyling Designer-Electronics in cut-up style - Hardwax

A rousing body of hybrid techno-artistry for a multiplex of listening - Hyponik

Exciting and vital, as expected! - Cosmin TRG

This. tight. brah. I will wreck the floor with this shit. tenace! - Tzusing

Arrh! here we go. unsettlingly good - Dbridge

SO DAMN GOOD, I want to be in a very dark cellar with huge speakers and a smoke machine now. - Joe Muggs


Bandcamp / FACT / The Vinyl Factory / Hyponik / Tight /
Insert / BizaarBazaar / AQNB / Kaltblut / Gin&Platonic
CDM / Promonews / TAZ













Artist’s notes


We chose this track to be the visual representation of States of Fugue’s rhythmical essence.
Play with club music meters, explore vocal/organic dynamics, pull out new patterns of movement and reactivate forgotten muscles.

Tenace is also a logical bridge between the album release and our new AV live show which we were going to premiere and tour this april 2020 but had to postpone due to the world pandemic.

The video concept Alessandra Leone proposed to me was an interesting challenge, fitting with the track’s engagement to persistence : relentlessly dancing yourself out.

Moving different parts with the consciousness of the whole human body, exploring physical textures, fighting energetically with the issues you face, syncing with our inner body, finding (new) ways (out), letting go, getting closer to your body language, whatever it is, without any concession.

It is a way to gather forces and face challenges in real life such as (and not limited to) when “Tenace”’s music was written.

The track’s addictive rhythm and insistence is a motivation and way to empower yourself, shift, persist, accept uncertainty and move deeper in all directions.


Director's notes by Alessandra Leone


Drawing on the track’s relentless rhythms, the music video is raw, spontaneous and personal.

The idea is simple : the intimate act of dancing (on your own), and letting yourself get carried away. Maybe as a sort of reset button? A way to go through your struggle? dancing it out, allowing yourself to be in flux. Without filter.

I challenged Zoë with this concept, and she totally embraced it. The result is direct and straightforward. This way, it becomes an invitation to loosen ourselves : open up and let the sounds flow, bottom to top, without overthinking.

The music video was produced while we were also brainstorming about the new AV live show, which is why there's a strong presence of stage lighting ideas. The first scene is set against an infinity background of vivid colours, it is soft and smooth, then we are in a dark pool with few sharp gritty beams, similar to searchlights. We end with RGB pure diode lasers, threads of concentrated pure light cutting into darkness whose beams are so intense and thick, they feel like tangible thin volumes. In a way, one could see a sort of narrative of lighting quality/environment viscosity and thickness, where each mood stands for a stage of the inner emotional development.

Zoë's insistently moving presence is restless. She sways between calibrated body motion in repetition, and more frantic movement where her body raves and releases, driven by an inner force, or by the circular cracking sound, or both. The camera’s position grants us a view over it, half-way between wide-angled contemplation and subjectivity. This makes the video, in the end, open to your interpretation.















Tenace



From Zoë Mc Pherson's sophomore album States of Fugue, released on 20.02.2020
sfx-space.bandcamp.com/album/states-of-fugue-sf02



Direction - Alessandra Leone⁣
Performance - Zoë Mc Pherson
DoP - Julian Moser⁣
Editing - Alessandra Leone
⁣Styling - Raki Fernandez⁣
⁣Hair and Makeup - Samantha Pottmaier⁣
Color Grading - Valerio Liberatore ( Mint )
Gaffer - Hendrik Kintscher⁣
Lighting Design Assistant - Nindya Nareswari
⁣Stills Photography - Dario Laganà


Thanks to
Medienwerkstatt Berlin - bbk Kulturwerk/ Location
MimeCentrum - Studio2 / Location
Don Aretino / Wardrobe





Artist’s notes


We chose this track to be the visual representation of States of Fugue’s rhythmical essence.
Play with club music meters, explore vocal/organic dynamics, pull out new patterns of movement and reactivate forgotten muscles.

Tenace is also a logical bridge between the album release and our new AV live show which we were going to premiere and tour this april 2020 but had to postpone due to the world pandemic.

The video concept Alessandra Leone proposed to me was an interesting challenge, fitting with the track’s engagement to persistence : relentlessly dancing yourself out.

Moving different parts with the consciousness of the whole human body, exploring physical textures, fighting energetically with the issues you face, syncing with our inner body, finding (new) ways (out), letting go, getting closer to your body language, whatever it is, without any concession.

It is a way to gather forces and face challenges in real life such as (and not limited to) when “Tenace”’s music was written.

The track’s addictive rhythm and insistence is a motivation and way to empower yourself, shift, persist, accept uncertainty and move deeper in all directions.

Director's notes


Drawing on the track’s relentless rhythms, the music video is raw, spontaneous and personal.

The idea is simple : the intimate act of dancing (on your own), and letting yourself get carried away. Maybe as a sort of reset button? A way to go through your struggle? dancing it out, allowing yourself to be in flux. Without filter.

I challenged Zoë with this concept, and she totally embraced it. The result is direct and straightforward. This way, it becomes an invitation to loosen ourselves : open up and let the sounds flow, bottom to top, without overthinking.

The music video was produced while we were also brainstorming about the new AV live show, which is why there's a strong presence of stage lighting ideas. The first scene is set against an infinity background of vivid colours, it is soft and smooth, then we are in a dark pool with few sharp gritty beams, similar to searchlights. We end with RGB pure diode lasers, threads of concentrated pure light cutting into darkness whose beams are so intense and thick, they feel like tangible thin volumes. In a way, one could see a sort of narrative of lighting quality/environment viscosity and thickness, where each mood stands for a stage of the inner emotional development.

Zoë's insistently moving presence is restless. She sways between calibrated body motion in repetition, and more frantic movement where her body raves and releases, driven by an inner force, or by the circular cracking sound, or both. The camera’s position grants us a view over it, half-way between wide-angled contemplation and subjectivity. This makes the video, in the end, open to your interpretation.