Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.10.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Kino ARMATA

participants

PykëPresje

Artistic Intervention – PykëPresje

From Scratch: Albanian Summer Picaresque, 2022, © PykëPresje. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev
From Scratch: Albanian Summer Picaresque, 2022, © PykëPresje. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev

In the mid-1970s, British experimental composer Dave Smith began travelling from England to Albania. Inspired by fellow composer and communist Cornelius Cardew, who never actually visited the country, Smith sought inspiration in the music and social structures to be found there.

On his travels, he collected sound samples and sheet music from many sources. Folk, contemporary and revolutionary music were all of interest to him. These influences gave rise to the album Albanian Summer: An Entertainment which was performed by Janet Sherbourne and Jan Steele.

Released on the Practical Music label in 1984, the album is at the centre of PykëPresje’s long-term research project of the same name. Aside from the music, what interests the collective are the conditions and context of the album’s evolution. Like Smith, who sought to reflect not only Albania’s vibrant music culture but also its egalitarian modes of production, PykëPresje seeks a more nuanced understanding of the legacy of socialist practice.

Works

PykëPresje   
[Sezgin Boynik, Blerta Haziraj, Tevfik Rada and Somer Şpat]   
From Scratch: Albanian Summer Picaresque    
2022   

Installation, publication, archival materials: periodicals, books, pamphlets, unpublished manuscripts, sheet music, photographs, slogans and literature on the history and politics of Socialist Albania.   

Courtesy of the artists   

Artistic Intervention

Artistic Intervention – Kino ARMATA

22.07 → 30.10.2022 12.00-00.00
Kino ARMATA