OKO merges sound, body centered performance and video to talk about humanity in relation to the natural world. Performance, sound, video and installation individually are not enough to convey the troubled relationship humans have to nature. Alone these media have limited power, but combined, they can become a force that envelops the viewer within the performance. OKO is an attempt to create an enveloping environment of sound, sight and body. The voice tears out of the performer's mouth, the muscles spasm and contort. The video penetrates the eyes of the audience the sound stuns them. The viewer is pried open by the stimuli, they have no choice but to be receptive.
OKO begins as a low rumble in near darkness. The two performers begin to improvise, using sound building blocks and voice to create an uneasy soundscape. The video projections of mountain and forest scenes gradually become brighter, the space is filled with smoke and the smell of burning leaves. As the performance progresses, the sound’s grip on the bodies of the performers strengthens, throwing them around like puppets. At the crescendo the performance breaks and opens to whiteness and stillness. The space is filled with a bright light and a low hum.
Our album 5730±40 is out and available on tape from us
or digitally from Bandcamp
Interview with us in Black Online
and a review of our tape
. (in German, translation below by Claudia Richter)
"In the battle between alchemy and science, the latter emerged as the winner quite some time ago. As a result, alchemy had to undergo a tough reality check. So here are OKO – the joint project of Robert Heim and Aleks Slota. The title 5730±40 may sound a little cryptic at first, especially to those who are not so familiar with the natural sciences. There is nothing cryptic or numerological to it, though. A bit of research reveals that it refers to the half-life period of the radioactive unstable isotope 14C of carbon. The number refers to the year of its decay. (As far as the author of this review remembers from chemistry class in the distant past,) the element C is contained in all forms of organic tissue. But let us focus again on those ambient and noisy soundscapes. 5730±40 was recorded in 2013 and resembles a lucky bag, which keeps producing new surprises even when you think you have taken everything out. There are roughish ambient passages, noise particles which at times crystallise into sharp edges, cutting deep into your memory. Discomfort and sharpness remain the leitmotifs, which at times manifest as hissing wrapped in whispering vocals. Heim and Slota create these sounds for their multimedia performances. However, the acoustic exists in its own right and the sounds have a life of their own, especially when the hissing develops into hybrid sound formations whose dark and sombre bud graft blossoms into a unique soundscape."