Nothing New (working title)

Nothing New is a work in progress (currently in post production) for an experimental documentary that follows the experimental group ‘NOTHING NEW’ as they road trip through Italy and Switzerland. 

NOTHING NEW is a nomadic art collective negotiating experimental sound and social performance. Using light, presence, action, technology and sound they create site-specific situations to push the limits of contemporary listening culture.

The instruments they use (includes the piano, the gramophone, the harmonium, the voice, the electric guitar, and mobile devices) become signifiers referencing histories of listening culture. Noise becomes the all-encompassing symbol of now, and the performers and audience grow into a network of transmitters and receivers.

The documentary follows them on their journey in a run and gun style, as we get to know them better and their wacky lifestyle.  It blurs the lines by moving from observing to sometimes participating or collaborating with the group. While the group explore contemporary listening culture, the film will carry that energy and noise visually, exploring its counterpart: contemporary watching culture.

'NOTHING NEW’ is ultimately an experimental endeavour, for now, it could basically be labelled as a kind of ambient / ambivalent (world) noise music meets ‘GrainField’: a web-based application which uses wifi to turn the audience’s smartphones into speakers as well as instruments, turning the audience into active participants and in a sense co-creators of the live experience.

'GrainField' was designed by Benjamin Matuszewski and Norbert Schnell as part of the CoSiMa research project developed at the IRCAM, Center Pompidou Paris.