SYNAPSE is a project of mutual exchange between Norwegian and Czech
artistic communities - the exchange of culture and experience - initiated
by Insomnia festival in Tromsø, Norway, on the one hand and MeetFactory,
Prague, Center for Live Culture on the other. Synapse Project is more
than “just” a bilateral exchange of artists. The artists will be put in
context with the environment where they will present their art,
establish contacts with the local scene and exchange their experience.
And, of course, it is also about presenting contemporary art and culture
to the wide spectrum of viewers in both partner countries.
is funded by the EEA Grants 2009-2014, see www.norskefondy.cz
3. 12. 2015
14:30 & 20:00
Kings of Convenience
The first ever Czech show by Norwegian indie-folk legend.
More info & tickets on early show
and late show
10. 12. 2015
Czech Music Export
Discussion panel with Lišaj, Yukimura, Max Dvořák, moderated by Lucia Udvardyová.
More info here. Free entry.
Paranoid London, Sherwood & Pinch, Demdike Stare, Lišaj, Yukimura
A showcase of contemporary London and Prague sound, from ambient through acid to dub-techno.
More info here
. Free entry
10.12. 2015 – 7. 2. 2016
Lars TCF Holdhus & Martin Kohout: DungeonTT
A modular performative installation created out of ceramics, tea and 4-channel sound.
More info here
11. 12. 2015
Lindstrøm, André Bratten,Bjørn Torske, Disco Møreti, Popper-C
4-to-the-floor night with the fathers of Norwegian space-disco.
More info & tickets here
14. 4. 2016
20:00How to Earn a Living with Music in 2016?
Discussion panel with music producer and professor Stein Bjelland, songwriter Jan P. Muchow, music promoter David Urban, indie label boss Lucia Udvardyová and music journalist Pavel Kučera.
More information here. Free entry.
Participating artists:Lars TCF Holdhus (NO) & Martin Kohout (CZ): DungeonTT
A modular performative installation by Norwegian musician Lars Holdhus (releasing under TCF moniker) and Czech artist Martin Kohout (Jindřich Chalupecký award nominee), created out of ceramics, tea and 4-channel sound. DungeonTT is to be experienced both as an exhibition and a platform for their take on Japanes, Chinese and Western tea ceremonies, offering something in between a conversation, a casual cup of tea and a different way of experiencing this 6000 year old drink. A work commissioned by Insomnia Festival and MeetFactory, Czech premiere.
www.martinkohout.comParanoid London (UK)
Vinyl only. Limited. Own record label. Pure analogue machinery. I can’t really get more original than that. Their records sell out before they even reach the stores. Who needs a time machine when Paranoid London – indeed is a time machine. So grab your old smiley face T-shirt, put on a happy grin on your face and get on the dancefloor! Their live set is the most energetic, unpredictable, raw electronic music show out there. Let there be 303. Let there be Acid. House. A Czech premiere.
Demdike Stare (UK)
A collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites for record collecting. The pair started working in earnest back in 2008, re-appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own, releasing a trio of albums (Symbiosis, Tryptych and Elemental), loosely themed around the occult and the rich heritage of Library music. From 2013 onwards, the ongoing series of exploratory 12” under “Testpressing” banner appears on Modern Love, finding Demdike heading onto more intense, brutal terrain. A Czech premiere.
soundcloud.com/demdikestareSherwood & Pinch (UK)
Sherwood & Pinch is the collaboration between Adrian Sherwood, the dub innovator and owner of the On-U Sound label, and Pinch, the brains behind the Tectonic label and master of darkly filtered bass science. Sherwood and Pinch have continued to devastate the dancefloors around the globe with their deeply bass-driven futuristic sound. Late Night Endless (released in February 2015) is their first full length album and the culmination of two years of developing, deconstructing, dubing & re-dubing tracks in their studio. A Czech premiere.
Together with Todd Terje and Prins Thomas, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is Norway’s top export when it comes to space disco. Heading his own label Feedelity, Lindstrøm has released 3 studio albums, several collaborations with Prins Thomas or Christabelle and countless remixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Best Coast or Grizzly Bear. Bring your best dancing shoes and stay ‘til the morning light. A Czech premiere.
Bjørn Torske (NOR)
Hailing from Tromsø, Norway’s gateway to arctic circle, Bjørn has been musically active since the early 90‘s. A frequent collaborator of Röyksopp, he was instrumental in shaping the concept of Norwegian space disco and has been cited as an influence by the likes of Todd Terje. Earlier this year, the legendary Smalltown Supersound imprint re-released his early album gems, Nedi Myra and Trøbbel. A Czech premiere.
André Bratten (NOR)
Representing the younger Norwegian producer-and-dj generation, Bratten has been hailed Oslo’s “disco-prince” by the Dagbladet newspaper. Having released his debut album “Be A Man You Ant” in 2013 on Prins Thomas’ label Full Pupp, he followed up with Math Ilium Ion EP earlier this year to raving reviews. Definitely a name to watch! A Czech premiere.