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Sound art: Frauke Schmidt
Fashion: Mads Dinesen
Photo: Mali Lazell (malilazell.com)
Mads Dinesen (read interview with hir in Ful Art Magazine 01 02 2011) is a Berlin based fashion designer who is critically reviewing the colonial past of hir native country Denmark. Hir debut collection Pain Is Felt By All... stages a spirit world: silhouettes without face or nation, collage of cultural typologies, emerging from deep crevices of Denmark’s brutal history. Sound artist Frauke Schmidt, also from Berlin, enrobes the collection with sound – voices, singing, groaning, breaths, music, beats and noise.
FULRADIO: Frauke, can you please tell us about your sound version of Pain Is Felt By All…?
FRAUKE: It’s a montage of a lot of recordings from Greenland, India and other countries that were former colonies of Denmark. I arranged them singing “together” with each other. I think it is important, that it is a piece full of human voices. Especially, because I then recorded Lea singing “Den danske sang” (A Danish folk song with lyrics by Kai Hoffman from 1924 and composition by Carl Nielsen from 1926. Eds. Note). Hir vocals begin very cheerful, but get more and more aggressive. I simply stereo-panned hir with the other recordings, right against left, so you have both sides fighting with each other, everyone wants their own song to be heard. This becomes a dense chaos, until Lea ends up screaming the last words of “Den danske Sang” along with a death metal sample.
To me, the music for Mads’ show is full of acoustic symbols, and I wanted to have an awful tension, good and evil spirits, build a world and then destroy some elements. Mads was working on the collection meanwhile, and as ze had a very strong concept, I wanted the sound to be right in your face as well.
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