The Vinyl Factory: Venice Biennale 2019: The A/V Works with Sound and Music At Their CorePOSTED
Artists: Jantsankhorol Erdenbayar (Jantsa); with the participation of Mongolian throat singers and Carsten Nicolai
German artist Carsten Nicolai brings his minimalist sense to the Mongolian throat singing tradition of Khoomei. Closely connected to shamanic practice, the throat singer simultaneously emits two distinct vocal sounds – a continuous drone plus melody – as a way to communicate with the inner self. Working with four distinguished practitioners, Nicolai modulated a live performance during the opening week, drawing equivalence between electric frequencies and the ancient chanting practice. The recording invites the audience into a sequence of interconnected rooms, filled with cankerous formations of black polyurethane foam by young Mongolian sculptor Jantsa.