ALVA II

Video installation. 1-channel video, 4-channel sound. 25 min. 2019.

About the work, written by the Piscine collective:

ALVA II is an audio and video installation, made by Sophia Ioannou Gjerding and Xenia Xamanek, as the follow-up of their earlier collaboration 'I am ALVA'. ALVA II deals with the voice as a prosthetic element separated from the body. In ALVA II we follow Mlle. Mlle is a voice that travels in a ghost box. A ghost box is a device for communication with other dimensions and a medium through which voices without bodies can speak. Mlle travels through various scenarios. Mlle encounters hosts, shells, ghosts, vocal tracts, other objects and other voices. They sing, speak, hum and cry through ghost boxes. Throughout Mlle’s journey romances and sorrow exist in songs and voices. Some voices flies freely, others are trapped in loops of tears. Mlle is a voice. When Mlle travels, Mlle flies. When Mlle rests, Mlle rests in a ghost box.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Installation view, Kunsthal Aarhus. Part of Leviathan by Piscine. 2019. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Installation view, Kunsthal Aarhus. Part of Leviathan by Piscine. 2019. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Installation view, Kunsthal Aarhus. Part of Leviathan by Piscine. 2019. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.



Credits :

Concept and script: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding and Xenia Xamanek
3D generalist / landscape scenes: Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard
3D animation / laboratory and flowers: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
Stopmotion / Hydra: Xenia Xamanek and Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
2D animation: Xenia Xamanek and Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
Music and sound production: Xenia Xamanek
Supplementary sound production: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
Technical assistance: Tobias Sejersdahl and Fritjof K. Nørretranders

Voices: Mlle - Camille Doussy
Double vox - Holger Hartvig Nielsen and Cæcilie Trier
Channeling vox - Ribka Maria Pattinama Coleman
Host vox - Francesca Burattelli
Footage vox - Robin La Ree Berry
Ghost vox - Aoife Slevin

Flute: Johanne Buus Andersen

Vocal tracts: Models used from Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, Aalto University, School of Science (published under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License).

Funded by Danish Arts Foundation and Knud Højgaards Fond

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