On 7th July, Barbara Ellison will perform with her trans-human song cycle of the _CyberSongs_ on the _Nultý bod_ festival. The same evening, but later, the program will be accompanied by a sound artist, Polina Khatsenka.
Known for her explorations of ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic realms, artist and composer Barbara Ellison’s work delves into the sonic intricacies of objects,manipulated instruments, voice avatars and sound environments from the Arctic to the Amazonian rainforest. In her work, the hidden and the phantasmatic reveal themselves as a reward for the engaged and attentive listener willing to take such a sonic voyage. Her new work for live performance CyberSongs explores the simultaneous use of both computer text-to-speech synthetic/sampled voices and computer-like patterns with human voices – through the intensive and extensive use of repetition- as tools and materials to give rise to surprising audible phenomena of a fascinating odd musicality. Words, morphemes, phonemes, phrases and speech particles acquire constantly-shifting new aural meanings, turning into the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of the obsesively phantasmatic trans-human song cycle of the CyberSongs.
Barbara Ellison is a sound and visual artist living and working in The Hague. Her work explores ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic and visual realms. Her live performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of simple sound-producing actions. She has a PhD from the University of Huddersfield, UK and currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.