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Slavs and Tatars, The Tranny Tease, lecture-performance, 2014

Foreignness of Sound present Slavs and Tatars: The Tranny Tease and Zorka Wollny with Maspindzeli Choir

11 Dec 2014

Foreignness of Sound is a series of performances, lectures and workshops that look at the relationship between language, voice, sound and the concept of national and human communication, in the context of multiplicity of languages and identities in the region of Caucasus.

The programme will feature the performance lecture entitled The Tranny Tease by the art collective Slavs and Tatars. Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The Tranny Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with the Latinisation of the alphabets of all Muslims of the USSR. The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires – Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently communism. The Tranny Tease attempts not to emancipate people or nations but rather the sounds rolling off our tongues.

This is followed by a collaboration between Polish artist Zorka Wollny with UK-based polyphonic Georgian choir Maspindzeli on a site specific musical composition and live acoustic performance that explores the relationship between language, sound and communication using a combination of polyphonic singing, folk repertoire, intonations, accents, pitch and modulations.

Slavs and Tatars is an art collective devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China. Their work spans several media, disciplines and a broad spectrum of cultural registers, focusing on a sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They have exhibited at MoMA, New York; Secession, Vienna; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the third Mercosul Biennial (2001); ninth Gwangju Biennale (2012); and eighth Berlin Biennale (2014); with upcoming solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Zürich, Dallas Museum of Art, and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig.

Zorka Wollny is a Polish visual artist whose work combines theatre and visual arts. She holds a PhD in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and is Junior Lecturer at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin. She has exhibited at The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Łódź Museum of Art, Wyspa Institute of Art, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Ujazdowski Castle. Wollny’s awards include the Eugeniusz Geppert Award for her achievements in painting, and 2010 Artist of the Year by Arteon art magazine. Her projects have been presented in 14 countries including Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.

Maspindzeli Choir is a London based Georgian polyphonic choir led by Tamta Turmanidze. Formed by Helen Chadwick in 1999, the choir has studied authentic traditional styles of singing with visiting Georgian teachers and choirs on many occasions. They have sung for the London Georgian community numerous times, and been invited to Georgia as part of the biennial Polyphonic Symposium at the Tbilisi Conservatory of Music six times, most recently in September 2012.

This project is produced in partnership with Arts Territory. Arts Territory is a London-based independent curatorial organisation dealing with issues related to transnationalism, cultural identity and heritage in a contemporary art context. Initiated in 2012 by Katarzyna Sobucka as a vehicle to develop and sustain creative links between Polish and UK based artists and cultural producers, Arts Territory's programmes are currently dedicated to wider cross-border collaborations. Arts Territory fulfil its mission in a variety of ways, including exhibitions, festivals, through commissions and long term research projects focused on facilitating dialogue between artists internationally.

This project is produced in partnership with Arts Territory. It is part of the Transkaukazja Festival with support from the European Commission.

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