PERF. No 007/2019

2019, for solo performer with white shirt (size S, 100% cotton, Madagascar), brown pants (75% polyester, 25% wool/laine, Sweden) and brown shoes (size 41, leather, Italy), 7`


Performed by Ilmārs Šterns

Video documentation, 2019, Bern, CH
Image credits: Zoë Gordon
Sound recording and video montage: Ilmārs Šterns

 

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 2 channel video, 7` , stereo

 

Project

The performance focuses on the variety of textile sounds, forms and its movements to create mystical phenomena.

Piece for Performer and his clothes

PERF. No 003/2018 

Subtitle “Bow piece”

 

Performance

2018, for solo performer with violin bow

Performed by Ilmārs Šterns

 

Video documentation, 2018-20, 

different locations in the world 

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 2` 43`` , stereo

 

Project

To discover new composition strategies, performer placed his body in different spaces and angles to see, hear and feel from other perspectives. The performer reacts of surrounded environment sounds and movements translating through his body in artistic way.

Happening for performer and violin bow

Concept by Ilmārs Šterns Subtitle “Bow piece” Act: Solo performance Duration: - Project: To discover new composition strategies, performer placed his body in different spaces and angle to see, hear and feel from other perspectives. The performer reacts of surrounded environment sounds and movements translating through his body in artistic way.

PERF. No 001/2018

Subtitle “Music Skin”

 

Performance

2018, for solo or duo performer/s with double bass bow, contact mic, guitar combis, piano chair, 7` 

Performed by Ilmārs Šterns

 

Video documentation, 2018, Basel, CH

ACT Performance festival

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 7` , stereo

 

Project

In the performance Stern_Act_IV ('Music Skin') the body becomes the instrument played with the aid of a bow. A microphone enhances the power sprung from the contact. The music heard is the dynamic research of the performer identity, through the contrast of exposure and intimacy. Hearing and touching find a strong and sensuous connection. The body is freed by its clothes like the instrument is from its case. The skin becomes a vibrant surface and visceral passions animate the playing body.

Piece for performer with double bass bow and electronics

Concept by Ilmārs Šterns Subtitle “Bow piece” Act: Solo performance Duration: - Project: To discover new composition strategies, performer placed his body in different spaces and angle to see, hear and feel from other perspectives. The performer reacts of surrounded environment sounds and movements translating through his body in artistic way.

PERF. No 007/2018 

Subtitle “Wolf Piece”

Performance

2018, for solo performer and wine glass, bottle with water and two sheet stands, 10`
Performed by Ilmārs Šterns
 

Video documentation, 2018, Bern, CH

Festival der HKB Musik `Play Time: À suivre #34 ` 

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 10` , stereo

Project

The research of the oscillation changes back and forth between two characteristic states – i.e. the human and the wolf. The performer explores the similarities and differences between human and wolf sounds and their borders or edges, what evoke the imagination in the human mind with an unusual and colourful noise palette. For example, overtone singing which roots are found in the Mongolian region, has been used for centuries in rituals, entertainments or hunting, imitating nature or animal sounds. In this piece, for example, the `roar` of the wolf and the `cough` of the human together make a noisy, mosaic-like sound that confuses the audience`s ears. Or interesting moment when a performer is licking water from a glass like a dog. There is no clear statement saying if I am I a dog or a human.

Piece for experimental voice and water

Concept by Ilmārs Šterns Subtitle “Bow piece” Act: Solo performance Duration: - Project: To discover new composition strategies, performer placed his body in different spaces and angle to see, hear and feel from other perspectives. The performer reacts of surrounded environment sounds and movements translating through his body in artistic way.

PERF. No 009/2019 

Performance

2019, group of performers, 30` 

Performed by Camaroonian artists and festival guests

Concept by Ilmārs Šterns

Video documentation, 2019, Cameroon, Africa

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 30` , stereo

 

Project

Interaction with sounds between artists and the Cameroonian forest. Reacting, imitating and developing actions in too composition creating beautiful soundscape. Performers use their bodies, voices and playing with materials from the Rain forest.

Soundscape piece in tropical rainforest

Concept by Ilmārs Šterns Subtitle “Bow piece” Act: Solo performance Duration: - Project: To discover new composition strategies, performer placed his body in different spaces and angle to see, hear and feel from other perspectives. The performer reacts of surrounded environment sounds and movements translating through his body in artistic way.

PERF. No 006/2020 

Subtitle “Squash”

Performance

2020, solo performer with tennis racket, 4 tennis balls, bass drum and air pistol with bullets. The performer wears a classic white shirt with pleated trousers, 20` 

 

Performed by Ilmārs Šterns

Video documentation, 2020, Bern, CH

Act Performance festival

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 20` , stereo

Image credit: Ilmārs Šterns

Project

The performers play an instrument from different distances and places in space with tennis balls and air pistol. The piece consists of three parts: Squash with tennis racket and balls on the surface of the instrument, improvisation with tennis balls, and pistol etude, with all three parts overlapping in the end. The piece ends when the performers put all instruments on the floor and leave the space.

Piece for Performer and Bass Drum

Perf. N° 013/2017

Performance

2017, three performers with sound tubes, blind folds, 15` 

 

Performed by Ilmārs Šterns, Olivia Schneider, Larissa Lang

Video documentation, 2018, Bern, CH

At 'Shnit' short film festival

Video work

MP4, 16:9, 15` , stereo

Image credit: Ilmārs Šterns

Project

Sound  activities in the space.

Piece for three sound performers