DPRK project - ‘People’s Republic’
‘People’s Republic’ re-imagines the topology of global politics: what would have happened if capitalism had declined and socialism had become the dominant world politic ? China is the military/economic superpower and North Korea, the rebuilt industrial and technological ‘engine’ of the Asian economy, has reluctantly agreed to assimilate the disintegrating south. Pyongyang is the new Düsseldorf, and a new form of technologically-driven music is shifting popular music’s tropes.
‘People’s Republic’ plays with the possibilities presented by this alternate future in which rhythm has become a unifying social tool and machine hymns espouse the perfection of a people’s techno-utopia. In doing so, it seeks to re-examine the techniques of seduction and control - both political and social - as they exist in our manifested reality as well as in a how they might have evolved in an alternative present.
Minutes Moments (Moment Factory)
(Proposal - 8 February 2014)
Minutes Moments (SAT)
(4 March 2014)
Michael Trommer is a Toronto based producer and sound artist; his experimental work has been focussed primarily on psychogeographical explorations via the use of field recordings.
He has released material on an unusually diverse roster of labels, both under his own name as well as ’sans soleil’. These include Transmat, Wave, Ultra-red, and/OAR, Audiobulb, Audio Gourmet, Gruenrekorder, Impulsive Habitat, Stasisfield, Serein, Flaming Pines, 3leaves and con-v.
Michael also creates gallery-based audio installation work; He has exhibited work at Australia’s ‘Liquid Architecture’, ‘from 0 to 1 and back again’ at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, Cordoba, Spain’s art:tech and soundLAB in Köln. His music has also been included in Dodi Nash’s ‘Listening Shell’ installation, on permanent exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert museum.
He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia,, including events with members of Berlin’s raster-noton collective, as well as the 2008 and 2013 editions of Mutek’s acclaimed a/visions series. He also regularly improvises with Toronto-based AI collective ‘i/o media’.
In 2011, Michael’s ‘ghostwood’ project was awarded a major audio arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.