a/v live: The Centre Cannot Hold + MFO visuals
Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), and A U R O R A (2014), fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.
In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.
On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.
Ben is currently working on the second season of Simon Donald’s epic Fortitude and his score for Super Dark Times, directed by newcomer Kevin Phillips, alongside new music. These various collaborations and alliances underline Frost’s continuing fascination with finding ways of juxtaposing music, rhythm, technology, the body, performance, text, art, beauty, and violence, combining and coalescing the roles and procedures of various artistic disciplines in one place.
Marcel Weber is a visual artist who works with imagery, light and space.
He has been directing and producing audiovisual performances, stage designs, video works and installations since 2001. Weber’s performances are concerned with memory and perception, identity formation and dissolution – particularly in the context of possible futures and their underlying mythologies.
Marcel Weber is a resident visual artist for several event series focused on the exploration of experimental music and art in Berlin and internationally. He is is part of Berlin’s Atonal festival team as director for lights and visuals and a long time collaborator of Unsound festival.
His performances and installations have been commissioned and featured by many highly regarded festivals, such as CTM and Transmediale (Berlin), Mutek (Montreal) and Unsound (Krakow, Adelaide, Toronto) and have been shown at renown venues like the British Film Institute, Barbican, Centre Pompidou and CERN as well as numerous institutions and events across Europe, USA and Australia.
His work is marked by a well-defined and distinctive aesthetic that both resonates with and forms a relationship to sound. Applying to the visual the musical language, with its ability to shape emotional worlds, an ethereal quality emerges, brought to life by his passion for experimental narratives.
Recent projects of note include collaborations with film composers such as Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein and Jed Kurzel, sound artists like Tim Hecker, Ben Frost and Liz Harris (Grouper) and musicians like Kara-Lis Coverdale and Roly Porter.
In the past Weber had also contributed video design to houses of high culture, having worked at the Opera national de Paris, the Academy of Arts Berlin, at Sophiensaele Berlin and the brut theatre in Vienna on a variety of theatre plays and opera productions.