Ben Frost & MFO (DE/AUS)

Ben Frost & MFO (DE/AUS)

Ben Frost & MFO light and video show in Minsk

Ben Frost has had a close relationship with Unsound over the years. He first played solo at the festival in 2008, then with label mates from Bedroom Community the following year. Together with Daniel Bjarnasson, he was subsequently commissioned by Unsound to create music inspired by the Tarkovsky film “Solaris”, as well as Lem’s original novel, with a visual element created by Brian Eno. This project went on to tour the world, presented by Unsound. His 2012 performance at Kraków featured two drummers, the initial live point of music developed further into his critically acclaimed new album “A U R O R A”. For this year’s return, he will present this finished material in new form, stripped down to a solo show in a club context with light design by Marcel Weber.

MFO (Marcel Weber) is a visual artist who works with imagery, light and space. He has been creating and directing audiovisual performances, installations and video works since 2001 both under his own name and as half of former artist-duo MFO.Weber is a resident visual artist for several event series focused on the exploration of contemporary electronic music in Berlin and internationally. Recently he joined the team of Berlin’s Atonal festival as director for lights and visuals.

Weber’s work is marked by a well-defined and distinctive aesthetic, using images that both resonate with and form a relationship to sound. Applying the musical language and its ability to cut to the heart of our emotional worlds to moving image, an uncommon and ethereal quality emerges, brought to life by his passion for experimental narratives. Weber’s performances are concerned with memory and perception, identity formation and dissolution – particularly in the context of possible futures and their underlying mythologies. Employing new and old media forms equally, Weber interfaces the 70’s effects workshop with the digital realm, using analogue projectors, film, lenses and mirrors, paint and chemicals alongside digital compositing and generative software. The outcome is a multi-layered experience communicated by dynamic imagery: a cosmos made out of textures and distortions, a magical experience of surreal moments, stimuli for the subconscious.