HERE001: Félicia & Christina - Folded Galaxy
Commend Here is the materialization of moments. It celebrates and circulates the magic that manifests within our walls and on our floors. Since opening our doors, we have hosted a myriad performances, all of which have been spontaneous, unique and responsive. We've captured many of these moments through audio, static and moving imagery. Now we seek to share some of that documentation with our community through a limited run of cassettes with live recorded and supporting material to represent these unique happenings. Each cassette will feature hand-written details of the event from which is sprang and will be available exclusively from Commend.
The first Commend Here edition is a collaboration between Félicia Atkinson and Christina Vantzou called Folded Galaxy. The cumulation and culmination of sonic ideas exchanged over the course of a few months, and experiences shared over many years of friendship, the body of the project, is drawn from their live collaboration at our space on November 8, 2017. Félicia and Christina’s exchange of energy in a performance setting is at once intimate and soaring, minuscule and vast. Glances between them are separated with stretches of tacit communication - Félicia’s tinkering within her small garden of stones, housed in a wooden box and fitted with a contact mic - triggers rich passages of sound generated by Christina’s modular manipulations - and so on. Following, to complete the A side, a fold in time - a merging of material passed between the collaborators remotely before the performance. For the B side we travel beyond the fold, where everything is reversed, until we reach the beginning again. Infinity in a moment. A galaxy in a small room. Edition of 75 hand-numbered cassettes available exclusively from Commend, duplicated by Matthew Wertheimer in Brooklyn and mastered by JAB.
Video for Folded Galaxy is by Christina Vantzou. Shot on Phantom Miro @ BFC in Brussels, Belgium with Siet Phorae. Color Grade by Florian Berutti.