Matter of fact is a cut-up composition and audio-visual installation that consists of 5 shorter pieces: Myself, Depression, Society, Differences, People.
The lyrics are snippets taken from the interviews with artists from all over the world, made for the purpose of the Seismographic sounds exhibition, curated by the Norient collective from Switzerland. The smallest fragments being re-contextualized into meaningful songs, speak of universal topics that concern all of us. These topics are generalized to the point of being extremely stereotypical, but their ambiguity in the given context also opens up the space for more complex interpretations.
"Words and music, their fusion and their frisson, fascinate this artist, inspiring much of her work. She is less interested in word setting and more in exploring and distilling the sonic possibilities at the heart of spoken language and organized sound. In this work, the “lyrics” are entirely made out of snippets of interviews with people from all over the world; the recorded fragments divorced from their original contexts become rich in semantic ambiguity and ripe for alternative interpretations. This is the “me, me, me” of the modern world and its’ egocentrism - dissected, juxtaposed, pilloried, criticized and sonified."
Commissioned by Norient and CTM for «Seismographic Sounds» exhibition at the CTM Festival 2016 Berlin, MATTER OF FACT premiered as an interactive installation.
Interview with the artist on Norient.com: norient.com/events/norient-release-matter-of-fact-by-svetlana-maras/
Seismographic Sounds – the exhibition: seismographic-sounds.norient.com
Sampled artists and scholars
Ali GulPir, Bishi, Bojan Djordjevic, C-drík Fermont, Chameleone, David Oppenheim, Effy B, Garo Gdanian, Graeme Miller, Heta Bilaletdin, Kamilya Jubran, Keko, Leila McCalla, Mazen Kerbaj, Meira Asher, Minuit De Lacroix, O-Marz, Christoph Oggierman, Patrick Kessler, Salome MC, Silvana Imam, Temi Dollface, Umlilo, Wayne Marshall, Yemi Alade
More info: www.svetlanamaras.com/matteroffact.html