Becky Šik & Nika Son “TONFALL – Remember, I must use the stairs“
TX: Saturday, 2nd September, 12pm – 12.30pm + Sunday, 3rd September, 6 – 6.30pm
Two strangers matched together, their practices intertwine
A blank page
Growing from there
An open cupboard buzzes and humms
Sending snippets in stolen moments
The circle drops, opening a wide and generous hole
Talking, passing, exchanging, reasoning, corresponding, joking, transposing
Systems cycle in loops
Accents, language, tones, intonations, cues, pitch, syllables
The megalithic Ouroboros fun machine that is Barbie
Touching an elephant
Circles, water, falling sound
Escalators, circular systems, sleep, not sleep
Words that don’t exist
Walking with dizzy spells in saturation
Reflecting, twisting, alternating, translating, modulating, jumping from
On the edges – a Hallwall
Again the elephant, transponder, closed water, eyes
What does it mean to be open and what slips away?
Souffleuse, Echoschwelle, Tonfall
X1, mnemonic, delay
Asking, loops, deathbed
What’s wrong with my eyes, oscillating, brown noise
What is an orbit sound
Missing the radiator, voices, vertigo
I could spell it fownetikally/ foʊˈnet̬.ɪ.kəl.i
Mi devas uzi la ŝtuparon
This piece was developed during a week long residency at CCA funded by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in collaboration with Radiophrenia. We are very grateful for their support.
Becky Šik is an artist filmmaker based in Glasgow whose work spans moving image, installation, sound, music, writing and publishing, often working collaboratively. Their recent moving image work explores the echo, electromagnetic phenomena and technologies as way of understanding the body’s relationship to constructs of time and state.
Becky has presented work across the UK and Internationally, most recently with a film screening at Supernormal festival; Footnotes, a collaborative Radiophrenia broadcast with Sarah Forrest; and the solo exhibition Mercury at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.
Nika Son studied Fine Arts in Hamburg and has since worked as a musician, artist, film composer, curator and DJ. Influenced by Musique Concre te and the outer space of electronic music, her compositions are built from modified and fragmented field recordings, interwoven with analog synthesis, broken rhythms, rare voice scraps and modulated tape. Sounds of various origin are translated into a very unusual musical language, as if one watches the audible.
She appeared on various labels, such as Mmodemm, Kashual Plastik, VIS, First Terrace Records, TAL, Sky Walking, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray and her own imprint Noctui. Her latest album To Eeyore was released on the label Entr’acte in 2020. A new album is coming this year.
Alongside her solo concerts, she creates radio pieces, video and sound installations, and has collaborated for many years with various companions, most notably with filmmaker and artist Helena Wittmann and musician F#X (Cwelle). In her work as a soundartist for experimental film, she is among other responsible for the score and sound design of Helena Wittmann’s highly acclaimed films DRIFT and Human Flowers of Flesh. For over a decade she hosts regular art and music events at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg with various international guests. In 2018 she staged a two-day festival called Eruption, freely based on the musician and video artist Conrad Schnitzler. Since 2019, she co-curates the festival Papiripar together with Felix Kubin and Florian Bräunlich.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.