Malice in Sonderland. Experiental short

Real-time recording and re-editing of the audiovisual live performance reflecting contemporary relevances of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

real.time soundtrack korhan erel
idea | concept | visual editing / composing alexandra reill
project title korhan erel
real.time performance korhan erel / alexandra reill
production kanonmedia in cooperation with MAK – Museum of Applied Arts Vienna / mak nite | vienna 2010

Malice in Sonderland deals with Lewis Carroll’s famous novel Alice in Wonderland (1865). The experimental audiovisual live performance based on a cooperation in form of a real time audiovisual performance by sound composer Korhan Erel from Istanbul and Viennese media artist Alexandra Reill in MAK – Museum of Applied Arts Vienna in January 2010.

The performance starts with original material from the 1933 Alice in Wonderland film directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Using experimental digital methods, the artists examine the theme and the story of this profound fairytale with a phantasmagoric improvisation composed from digital images and abstract sound collages.

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Erel and Reill question the societal relevance of Carroll’s bizarrely adventuresome story. The artists’ research on the topic led them to formulate the title anew: Malice in Sonderland. Malice: this change in the wording refers to the desire to injure, to do damage, to act in a hostile manner. Sonderland? What characterizes capitalist societies today? What makes such worlds so special? Must—and can—a “hero” or a “heroine” such as Alice find her bearings and make her way in a society characterized by competition, in which one must fight in order to ultimately prevail? What choices does an individual have in unscrupulous societies that are oriented toward high performance?

Korhan Erel and Alexandra Reill pose these and numerous other questions on their journey through the twisted paths of Carroll’s Wonderland, and in doing so they create a “brave new world through the looking glass”.

Korhan Erel is one of the most important contemporary sound composers in Istanbul, and a founding member of the internationally known free improvisation group Islak Köpek. He combines computers with sound modules, oscillators and digital algorithms, the result being a new instrument in its own right. His compositions are based on industrial and found sounds, which he uses to create sound textures and acoustic collages.

Alexandra Reill, born in Vienna, is a media artist;she invests her work with sociocultural themes, examining the societal and sociological repercussions of digitalization and the information age for human identities. Her digital visual worlds and live compositions are characterized by comprehensive thematic research, rhythmic dramaturgies and the conscious employment of abstract formal language.

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