The Island
Live A/V Performance

Franck Vigroux
Kurt d’Haeseleer
Amma Ateria

Feb 9, 2022
8PM Doors

All ages.
All sales final.

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The live audiovisual concert The Island is a sensorial, associative, and electrifying experience inspired by a number of stories of islands and valleys destined to be submerged by the construction of a hydroelectric dam, causing deep human and geographic upheaval.
The immersions of Naussac, a village in the south of France engulfed in 1980, the novel "farewell, little island" by Valentin Raspoutine, or the 3 Gorges dam in China (which is so big it influenced the speed of rotation of Planet Earth) spring to mind.

The Island questions the replacement of one world by another and our blind belief in progress. A phantasmagorical universe unfolds through incisive electronic music and reality-bending video images, resulting in a "mental journey" through a topography of mutating places.
Performed by composer and multidisciplinary artist Franck Vigroux and visual artist Kurt d’Haeseleer.


Franck Vigroux

Franck Vigroux is a multifaceted artist whose works range from experimental electronic music to modern composition and music theatre. Franck Vigroux‘s music is made of tectonic tensions, beats, electronic textures and a very personal approach to sonic exploration. He is equally prolific as a solo artist and as a collaborator, he has worked with musician such as Elliott Sharp, Mika Vainio, Reinhold Friedl, Ars Nova... Vigroux’s uniqueness comes from his artistic approach that integrates new media and performance arts. He designs transdisciplinary shows and audiovisual concerts, collaborating with visual artists such as Antoine Schmitt and Kurt d’Haeseleer.

Kurt d'Haeseleer

Kurt d’ Haeseleer’s work focuses on the visualisation of the dynamic of information. He translates the all-encompassing presence of media into meta-images. Media presence is symbolized through layers of sticky pixel-textures, noise and interactivity. Special effects play an important role in his work that can best be described as a ‘pixel drama’ or ‘pixel soap’ and which can be found in the border zone between painting, video clips, cinema and performance. In his work the special effect is the message. D’ Haeseleer is well known for his extreme video manipulations.  He manipulates images by forcing them to react to the parameters of other images. With this approach, he can only partly foresee how the image will appear. The result is a process that strongly ressembles developing analogue photographs, where it is always a surprise to see the result, or even alchemy, but that is in fact entirely digital. Kurt d ‘Haeseleer is the artistic director of the WERKTANK, factory for new and old media art.  He has produced several videos and (interactive) video installations, such as “Scripted Emotions’, ‘Fossilization’ and ‘S CKMYP’, that could be seen at international festivals and exhibitions in Rotterdam, Tokyo, Montreal, Paris, Berlin , …

Amma Ateria

Amma Ateria is an electroacoustic composer and sound artist born in Hong Kong, works in California and New York. Her work explores themes in the coexistence of polarity, psychoacoustics in binaural beats, and equal-loudness contour. With immediacy of tension / release, her performances navigate between stark oppositions, transforming deafening noise into meditative stance. Through cross-modal synesthetic influences from the contemporary moment, notions of externalizing resonances act in forms of questioning boundaries  via the sonic spectrum. Her research focuses on objective / subjective perceptions of sound pressure level through velocity simulation, noise colours in electronic synthesis, and behavioral assignments with multi-channel systems. Her compositions developed during concussion recovery utilizes brainwave entrainment, time shifts, and changes of neurological responses to DELTA, THETA, ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA waves as materials and focal point. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, polyrhythmic occurrences, out-of-body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, and distorted speech as lost speech.



Founded in 1959 by five musical performers, SPEDIDAM (Society for the collection and distribution of performers rights) enables them to exercise control over the secondary uses of their recorded performances and to receive additional remuneration for such uses (recordings broadcast in shows, recordings used for film soundtracks, etc.).

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.  

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