Konrad Korabiewski

Artist

Konrad Korabiewski (DK)
(IS)
Danish | Polish | Icelandic Konrad Korabiewski (born in Łódź, 1978) is an award-winning experimental composer, sound and media artist working worldwide and currently residing in East Iceland. Characterised by a marked tendency to transgress various genres and media, his sound art, film music, installations, radio, video and multi-media art works have a strong site-specific element. Konrad Korabiewski’s musical atmosphere is sombre and intense, demonstrating a precise attention to musical space; at times with a meditative character, where distortion expresses an emotional depth that demands and attracts attention in minimalistic scenarios of sound. Among international prizes and grants in 2014 Konrad Korabiewski was awarded the prestige Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD academic award & working grant and nominated for 2 Media Art Awards: European Sound Art Award (formerly known as Deutsche Klangkunst-Preis) and Marler Videokunst-Preis in Germany. He holds a Master in Electronic Music Composition from The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. Konrad Korabiewski is founder and currently the director of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music, Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. He is an independent curator and Research Associate at Film and Digital Media Department UCSC (University of California, Santa Cruz). Also a member of Danish Composers’ Society since 2004
KRAFLA (2020)
  • Konrad Korabiewski photo by Takeshi Moro
  • © Anna Friz
  • © Anna Friz
  • © Anna Friz

Krafla - Audio visual concert and installation by 18 boreholes and 1 Geothermal power plant.

Krafla is a live electro-acoustic performance composed primarily from field recordings from the Krafla Geothermal power plant and surrounding region, located in a volcanic caldera in the north of Iceland. The concert will be accompanied by single screen videoprojection of my digitalized monochrome 16mm film and photo-montage from the Krafla area.

The Krafla power plant includes numerous deep boreholes to access steam and geothermal springs; the top of each borehole is enclosed in a geodesic structure and connected to a network of pipelines which bring the steam and water to the various parts of the power plant. Each of these boreholes has a very individual character depending on the age and depth of the installation, and as such function as a kind of industrial musical instrument with its own personality. The evaporation processes and power turbines also produce an intense density of sound. These industrial infrastructures stand in the context of the weather and land of the caldera, prone to intense winds and heavy fog. Krafla seeks to explore the relationships between these human and extra-human forces.

KRAFLA @ Soundcloud

 

The Project emerges from The New York Times Magazine fall 2018 “Sonic Voyages Issue” focusing on travel to parts of the world based on sonic attractions or properties featured soundscapes from 11 sites around the world including Iceland with field recordings by Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski.

Field audio recordings: Anna Friz & Konrad Korabiewski initially recorded as part of commission for NYT Magazine, Sonic Voyages Issue 9.22.18

Presentation photos: Anna Friz
Project concept, music and realisation in 2020/2021: Konrad Korabiewski

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