Pleased to present a track from forthcoming LAND OF DECAY artists OKO.
"Mouth of River" from their cassette 5730±40
OKO merges sound, body centered performance and video to talk about
humanity in relation to the natural world. Performance, sound, video and
installation individually are not enough to convey the troubled
relationship humans have to nature. Alone these media have limited
power, but combined, they can become a force that envelops the viewer
within the performance. OKO is an attempt to create an enveloping
environment of sound, sight and body. The voice tears out of the
performer's mouth, the muscles spasm and contort. The video penetrates
the eyes of the audience the sound stuns them. The viewer is pried open
by the stimuli, they have no choice but to be receptive.
OKO begins as a low rumble in near darkness. The two performers begin to
improvise, using sound building blocks and voice to create an uneasy
soundscape. The video projections of mountain and forest scenes
gradually become brighter, the space is filled with smoke and the smell
of burning leaves. As the performance progresses, the sound’s grip on
the bodies of the performers strengthens, throwing them around like
puppets. At the crescendo the performance breaks and opens to whiteness
and stillness. The space is filled with a bright light and a low hum.