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In conversation with Alexander Gerginov on fashion as a multidisciplinary art

Alexander Gerginov graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, with a degree in Fashion. And in 2005 he also defended his doctoral dissertation, related to contemporary fashion illustration. In parallel with his education, he works as a designer of ladies’ and men’s fashion for different brands. Since 2008, he has been teaching drawing, fashion design and costume history at the Vocational High School of Clothing in Sofia, and since 2010, he has been a professor of fashion illustration and fashion portfolio at the Art Academy in Sofia. In the past few years, he has lead lectures and workshops related to fashion illustration and contemporary drawing techniques in Germany, Lithuania and others. As a designer, he works on his own fashion brand Ham&Eggs, and she is also involved in creating the new designer brand Conceptual Sporty Chic along with Natalia Zhivkova. His love for fine and applied arts is present in a number of exhibitions and art projects shown in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Russia, the Czech Republic, England, Serbia, Macedonia, South Africa and others.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Fashion is a multidisciplinary art form. During a fashion performance different visual or musical works are brought together thus enriching perception and creating the multilayered atmosphere еnveloping the fashion collection. On the other hand, my first memory of such a deliberate mixing of different kinds of art is of the “White nights” performance – an event realized by Nelly Miteva.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Making art for art’s sake.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

I find the wording of this question a bit strange, or my brain can’t perceive it accurately ☺. I’ve been drawing and fashioning handmade stuff all my life. With the flaw of time the act of creation has become a vital part of my life and myself. The necessity for artistic expression is a natural process.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

I am quite interested in various means of expression and getting involved in different projects is something I would surely do in the future. Sculpture, video, dance, stage design, digital media – they are all fields I would like to engage in through art.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

The year opened up with great excitement and is now presenting me with a lot of responsibilities and thrilling challenges. Only half of the year is behind us, many new exciting things are probably to come until the end of it, so, I would be unable to assess what has happened so far. Nevertheless, I do believe that every week, every month and year bring us some things through which to learn more about ourselves.

6. When is music beyond?

I have never reflected upon that. I remember the first musical album I bought myself. It was a life concert record of Erykah Badu. Some years later I attended a festival, she was performing there and I thought my brain was going to explode. I don’t know what happened, but I could describe the experience as overwhelming and pulling me back to the very moment I had heard the performer for the first time. I find delightful this creation of a harmony of sounds by a symphony orchestra and large musical bands.

7. Which is your personal radar?

In the recent years my intuition prevails over my mind.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

I am quite curious about new technologies. I consider 3D means of visualizing and the holographic images an interesting way of expression and creating visual reality. I have never been involved in such kind of project, but hand-based work of art and the traditional methods of modelling are of crucial importance for me. This is the way for me to connect with the material and to generate a specific vision through action.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

What takes place here and now is the real experience for me. Unfortunately, I frequently am not present in the moment and that deprives me of many things.

I think that while we present our projects the right people will come in the exact right moment. This means that RADAR’s audience is always the right audience.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

A fashion performance dealing with a selection of concept-based clothing.


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On creating one's own path in an interview with fashion designer Nelly Miteva

Nelly Miteva graduated in Fashion Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Design in Trier, Germany. She develops her own collections under the brand “nelmit”. She also works as a freelance designer, in the field of education (with experience as a fashion design professor at AMD Akademie Mode & Design Munich), consultancy on design concepts, fashion journalism and costume design. The prizes won at international competitions include the Design-Innovation-Award of the North Rhine-Westphalia Economy Ministry, the Qualifications and the Finals of the Smirnoff Fashion Awards, GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL FASHION DESIGN BERLIN 2003, and more. In 2007 and 2009 GRAZIA magazine nominated her for “Woman of the Year” in the Design category. In 2007 she created IVAN ASEN 22 as a conceptual platform for the presentation of young progressive fashion designers in Sofia, and in 2009 she founded the IVAN ASEN 22 Foundation for the presentation and support of contemporary designers. She is the artistic director and curator. In her collections, she is interested in the transformation and transformative qualities of form (“GAME-à-porter”) and the “Watch your Back” kind of storytelling of personal stories through clothing. Characteristic of her work as a designer is her own moulage technique and her experimental construction systems. Since 2015, she has focused her interest in the direction of conceptual fashion and its role in the context of modern arts. In 2018, Nelly Miteva was awarded the BIG SEE INSPIRATIONAL-VISIONARY AWARD by Zavod BIG, Center for Creative Economics of Southeastern Europe in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for her achievements in the development of the Southeast European design scene.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Fashion design communicates easily and attracts to itself other forms of art.

Creating a clothing from plane matter into a three-dimensional form is for me very close to the sculpting process, to modelling according to bodily proportions and features. Photography makes possible clothing’s presentation, while the movement when it is worn reveals its performative character.

Concept-based fashion, on the other hand, deals with specific vision as well as with philosophical categories which enables a free and endless flight towards similar or foreign disciplines…

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Curiosity, research, approach.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

My work is my motivation to wake up every morning, that restrains me from taking a look at watches and calendars; it is precisely my work that transforms every wave of dеsperation into a burst of energy.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Writing.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Getting rid of everything considered previously secure that had in fact refrained me from dedication to what I really believe in and can do. This is the year for rediscovering the faith in the right directions of my intuition, for reaching the unreal… a lot of labor invested in it. This is also the year of getting acquainted with distant places, cultures, and new associates.

6. When is music beyond?

When you recognize it as extremely close to yourself and when you want it to speak a language accessible to others.

7. Which is your personal radar?

My intuition, my sensitivity toward personalities and ideas of high quality. The seeking and finding of an identity. The act of discovering new paths instead of following the well-known ones.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

In the field of design, technologies lead to innovations and open up the imagination to infinity. At the same time, what is handmade bares the individual hallmark of its creator.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

When nothing from “once” and “there” refrains you, the here-and-now dimension is fruitful and meaningful. Then the path towards everything brave that is ahead can be walked on peacefully.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Bringing together design and music in the encounter of different artists who think and create “beyond” every narrow limitation.


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Anton Eger promises a genre-defying mix of electronica, hardcore contemporary beats and retro musical guilty pleasures

The final night of RADAR’s sixth edition will stun us with a true electric art feeling of music, but not only. A feeling of the art without which we cannot exist. A feeling of the life which cannot be without art. Such is the life of Anton Eger, as well, who, in the lines below, recounts the beginning – linked to music and tragedy, but also leading to the current pursuit and spreading of happiness. The musical journey ahead of us on August 11th will be a colorful genre twist – a gift for those who are curious from Anton Eger, Matt Calvert, Robin Mullarkey and Niels Broos.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Without being aware of all the defined layers that you’re mentioning, I remember having the need at a very early stage in my life. My mother was a musician, so I got to sing and play throughout my childhood. When I was 8, I lost my parents in a plane crash in Venezuela (my little brother and I survived) and we moved to my aunt’s place in Sweden. Unfortunately, she had a hard time taking care of us and she did not allow me to start exploring music nor playing the drums. At the age of 14 she kicked me out and I moved to my grandparents who, as a contrast to my aunt, supported me, encouraged me in my need of expressing myself through music.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Composition, Playing, Travelling.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

I strongly believe that I was meant to do this. The older and more mature (hopefully) I get, the more I understand how important motivation is to navigate throughout life. Waking up and looking forward to your day is golden. Happiness is the biggest gift and something we should not take for granted.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Cobbler. I have a love for shoes and leather.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Physical challenges. Self-development. Release of my debut album as a band leader.

6. When is music beyond?

In those moments where we lose ourselves and consciousness around what we’re actually doing/playing.

7. Which is your personal radar?

I guess we all need to navigate after our own personal radars to achieve happiness in life. Only if we are happy, we can spread love, happiness and be tolerant and open-minded towards each other. RÆDÆR.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

I, like most musicians today, use electronics and computers to write and develop our music – something I love to use as a supplement to the other more old-fashioned “sit by the piano with pen and piece of paper”.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

In my book, that’s exactly what live performances should be about and that’s something we love to worship in my band.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

A genre-defying mix of electronica, hardcore contemporary beats and retro musical guilty pleasures.


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xDEx will transform our sense of time

For the sixth time, RADAR will strive to be a memorable experience, blurring the boundaries between musical genres and arts. On August 10, at 21:00, Viktor Prodanov, a.k.a. xDEx, will combine sound space with rhythm in the special hidden but open, electric, but also romantic place – the inner-yard of the City Art Gallery. xDEx and his project will position the spectators in a unique musical structure and will “play” with their sense of time. More about time, curiosity, boredom and surprise, lies in the lines below.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

I would call multidisciplinarity polyvalence or eclecticism. It appeared spontaneously after multiple collaborations with artists from different horizons, after the fading of defining genres and the assumption that the end result is not entirely up to you.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Curiosity when viewing new horizons.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

To the extent of taking it seriously and to the extent of the other’s attitude not terrifying me.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

They are not one or two, I wouldn’t like to focus on a concrete thing.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Usurpation, surpassing itself.

6. When is music beyond?

…the silence transforms into harmony and shadows tell each other stories.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Boredom.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Primordial. The question I would ask myself would be: “what importance do I give to those who have no contact with technology”.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Like a current memory within the collective memory. And an unresolved question in the subjective and general temporality. I cannot answer this question in a simple way.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

I have no idea. I would like to surprise myself.


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Glitch, exploration, technological future and more reflections in the interview with Omori

On the first evening, on August 9, at 21:00, RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 will be young, in its beginning, as is the case with Stoyan Yovchev. The young man starts Omori as a drum and bass project in 2016. More about him, his experiments with a palette of genres – lo-fi hip hop, glitch and noise, and his plans for a musical future, can be found in our RADAR interview below. And in the City Art Gallery, the experience of the glitched “here” will take place, in the very words of the artist.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

I’ve been making music for three years, and for two years, after starting to go to events, drum n bass, techno, noise, ambient, etc., I have been interested in other art formats. The so-called “visuals” were very impressive, and I started looking for visual artists among my circles with whom to collaborate. I made my own cassette design with my first release and the majority of the track art in my SoundCloud account, as well as several YouTube videos.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

The motivation for the Omori project in three words: emotions and anima, glitch, exploration. Well, it was four words ;d

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

I realized I was inevitably connected with art when I was fourteen. I visited the Pompidou Museum of Modern Art, and when I came out I felt that it had changed me forever. My enthusiasm to make music has been a hobby for the past three years. But now it will also become an academic activity because I am going to study music in England with the desire to make this a profession.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Easy! VISUAL ART – specifically 2D/3D animation. I know best what I need visually. It would be great to also meet a right person with whom to resonate regarding our ideas. In any case, I myself am beginning to engage more seriously with animation and data-bending, pixel sorting and other types of glitch animation.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

2019 – graduating high school, 4 live events (including RADAR), some (meaning many) personal dramas. I am closing this chapter of the Omori book and I am opening a new one – absolute dedication to music and audio engineering in an academic environment.

6. When is music beyond?

Music is beyond when it is thoughtful, when it exits the cliché, when it is made by sincere artists with a profound understanding of themselves and an attempt to understand the world around, as well as their own artistic ideas and what they want to communicate with their art. Art for the sake of art 🙂

7. Which is your personal radar?

Hmm…the radar is looking for a particular thing, right? No matter what I look for, especially music or strange ideas, objects, experiences…I trust my heart. I have my criteria and postulates, but mostly I have intuition. I listen to the opinions of friends and artists whom I respect and that I am close to, and occasionally they “open my eyes”.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

I rely entirely on technology. I work with two MIDI keyboards, a laptop, and I use music software, I’m not an organic musician with an acoustic guitar or drums. I love technology and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us. Some people imagine it dystopic and gloomy, like in Bladerunner / Ghost in The Shell, but such films and ideas are a huge source of inspiration for me. However, if I have to describe in a word how I see things, it would probably be glitch. Glitches happen precisely within technology, which brings me even closer to them in a broader perspective 🙂

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Every live I do is spontaneous and relies on variables and it will definitely stay there and then ;d. And about here and now, honestly, it’s a little difficult for me to live here and stick to the now – I often think about the past and imagine myself through it. And when I’m “here”, it’s usually in the same space, but the reality is not the same – it’s my own. It is my own, a glitched “here”, which is more wishful than actual or real. When I present my music to an audience, I am entirely here and now, but I aim at something else: for the audience member to be through the music wherever they want. 🙂

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Expect an emotional set, the genres: experimental, IDM, ambient, noise, jazz-inspired jungle and, naturally, that Omori spice 🙂 So far, I have always enjoyed positive feedback on my live sessions from different types of people – be it musical taste, age, worldview, etc. And for this live, I will try to make your audience hear the best of Omori so far.


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Fashion, manipulation and contemporary art through the perspective of Teodora and Radoslav

On Sunday afternoon on August 11th, at the charming corner of the Social Teahouse, Teodora Konstantinova and Radoslav Mehandzhiyski will decipher the notions of “fashion” and “manipulation”. Their lecture will be a visual narrative with contemporary art as the main character. Here’s what Teddy and Rado shared about their project.

1. What can we expect from you in Varna?

A new dose of curious intersections between different artistic media and the themes they deal with. We cannot wait to meet the Varna audience again and to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of Radar Festival!

2. For a second year you will present a lecture. What will it accentuate on?

Our topic will be “Fashion, Manipulation and Contemporary Art!”. We will present an exciting visual narrative juggling with the ambiguities of the notions of “fashion” and “manipulation”, where contemporary art will be the protagonist, with an emphasis on elements of theater and performance in the fashion “spectacle”.

3. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Mission, dedication, love.

4. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

It’s like the inevitable need for oxygen in order to exist.

5. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

More and more often we feel the desire to stand on the other side – to be the artists ourselves, to try – on a purely intuitive level – artistic means.

6. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Rethinking and overleaping.

7. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Each of our events is strongly tied to the feeling here and now, the feeling of something exclusive and special happening that cannot be repeated – for both us and the audience. We can repeat the topics of the lectures, but the new environment, the new reactions greatly change the charge of each event.


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Irmena Chichikova on the unlimited directions of art

Irmena Chichikova is a Bulgarian freelance actress born in Plovdiv in 1984. She has graduated from the French Language School and the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts. She works in theater, cinema and television, as well as a model. She has participated in numerous performances in theaters in Bulgaria and is part of the team of Sfumato Theatrical Workshop, Sofia. In the past few years she has leading roles in several feature films, among which are “I Am You” by Petar Popzlattev and “Victoria” by Maya Vitkova. Both films have been highly praised at many international forums and festivals, as well as selected at Sundance and Rotterdam, and screened at the Shanghai Film Festival and at European Film Days in Tokyo, where “I Am You” was presented in 2014. The last feature film in which she participated, “Touch Me Not” by Adina Pintilie won the Golden Bear Award and Best Debut Feature Film at the 68th Berlinale Film Festival in 2018.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Desire for creating for me has never faced any control or limits. It finds the right time and the paths for expression on its own.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Provocation, exploration, pleasure.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

To the extent I define it as part of my life.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

I would draw.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Self-knowledge, communication and patience.

6. When is music beyond?

When I feel it from the innermost self.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Dreams. Friends. Intuition.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Enough.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

The here and now always lead towards there, somewhere, someday. I do love imagining them. However, I put effort into being present here and now, true to this “here”, and fully engaged in it, avoiding the rush for “there”.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Something we will experience together.


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Dimitar Bodurov on the unknown as a personal radar

On August 10, RADAR will be a platform for the phenomenon of the new time we all inhabit, called multidisciplinarity. Jazz, electronics, theater, fashion and video art are the core elements of the MIXING VANITY project, and vanity itself is the protagonist. The performance explores the boundaries of narcissism with humility, and the many meanings of beauty. A complex narrative based on an idea of the pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov, who brings together an impressive team of artists.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Music does not originate from music itself. It is rather the soundtrack of life, the mirror of the universe. Music ‘feeds’ with other kinds of art and with human narratives. The arts act as different means of expression of the same energy. Music is my art and for me it is sufficient, however, I am open for the inclusion of other kinds of art as well.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Curiosity. Beginning. Infinity.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

There are people who consider the world based on numbers. There are people for whom the world corresponds to the Earth. For me – the world is what it is through art.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Maybe it would be filmmaking. I love movies. I love the narrative, the cinematographic process. It is about the transformation of many separate things into one total and complete thing.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

New projects and new contacts.

6. When is music beyond?

It goes beyond when you forget yourself as both – a listener and a musician. When you feel that what you perform does not belong to you but rather is a part of a cosmic plan in which you play the part of a mediator.

7. Which is your personal radar?

The unknowable.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Improvisation happens now and composition is here.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

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Jazz and poetry on focus with the GORAFUNK musicians

The opening of RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 on the 9th of August at 19:30 will be an intriguing intertwining of jazz and poetry within the Gorafunk project: collaboration between Stefan Goranov and Setareh Nafisi. Stefan completed his Masters education in the Netherlands and the USA. He has participated in a number of prestigious festivals all over the world. In December 2015 he recorded his first album as a leading artist in New York. In the RADAR interview, you can read about what to him is the essence of beyond music. The artistic team is joined by Mihail Ivanov and in the lines below he promises among other answers of simplistic nature “really cool music”. Mihail started playing bass at age 17. In 2006 he graduated the jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory. Another significant part of the Gorafunk project is Alexander Logozarov. He defines as his most trusted radar his own intuition and calls his work a personal necessity. Alexander Logozarov has graduated jazz guitar in the Netherlands. With projects of his own and in collaboration with colleagues he travels in North Europe and in 2015 with his band Logo3o, won the award for best formation at the jazz festival in Braila. You can learn more details about the whole formation in the curious lines below!

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Stefan: The concept of multidisciplinarity has always been present to a certain extent, as I have always tried to stay open to all kinds of ideas and have found inspiration in different fields of both art and science.

Mihail: Art is above all a means of expression and communication. The more you live, the more thoughts, feelings, emotions you need to express. So, you are also looking for a variety of ways to do it.

Alexander: I am almost entirely committed to my art, but fortunately in the last few years I have been involved in projects that bring different forms together.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Stefan: Honest personal expression.

Mihail: Really cool music.

Alexander: Challenge, adaptation, creative communication.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

Stefan: Like everything else, artistic devotion is a choice and, therefore, not about inevitability.

Mihail: To the extent life is.

Alexander: It’s a personal necessity.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Stefan: Literature or painting.

Mihail: I would create in any artistic forms.

Alexander: Theatre/film.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Stefan: Maturity.

Mihail: Travelling.

Alexander: Lots of changes, some provoked, some not, but I look forward to all of them.

6. When is music beyond?

Stefan: When there is less thought and more action.

Mihail: When it is sincere.

Alexander: When it goes outside the established limits.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Stefan: Curiosity.

Mihail: I am.

Alexander: My intuition.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Stefan: Quite essential – thanks to the development in electronics, which has not stopped in the past half a century, we now have access to sounds and means of expression that were impossible or inaccessible up until very recently.

Mihail: Technology and music have been closely linked for a long time. When I need to, I don’t hesitate to make the best of them.

Alexander: Mostly, I see technologies as an additional means of expression, but very often they are also a time saving tool that provides flexibility.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Stefan: It is important for me to have a structure and an idea of what is happening on stage. One of the challenges that all major artists have managed to complete is precisely the ability to present their music differently each time without leaving any doubt regarding their authenticity and skill.

Mihail: Here and now are the reality.

Alexander: For me, in this context, “Here and now” is simply a synonym for art. If something could be recreated in the same way repeatedly, it probably involves skills and experience that make it rather a product.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Stefan: Electronica, literature and modern instrumental improvisational music presented by classical, pop, rock, and jazz musicians.

Mihail: Good music and positive vibes.

Alexander: Artists with various backgrounds, combining their signature styles in one concept, which is of the project’s leader – Stefan Goranov.


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The magnetic Setareh Nafisi and the importance of intuition in the artistic process

The opening of RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 on the 9th of August at 19:30 will be an intriguing intertwining of jazz and poetry within the Gorafunk project: collaboration between Stefan Goranov and Setareh Nafisi. In addition to being an artist, Setareh is also the co-organizer and creator of the festival The World We Live In, held annually in Groningen, the Netherlands. In the text below, you can read what the truly magnetic performer shared with the festival’s team about the concept of cross-art and the importance of intuition in the working process.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Searching for my voice in music and art is what brought me to where I am now. I consider myself a versatile artist who is still experimenting with pushing the boundaries away. Coming from Classical world, I’ve been composing and free-improvising within electro – acoustic setting more and more for the past year. I’ve been acting, singing and combining different disciplines to be able to convey what I

want to communicate with the audience as strong as I can. Collaborating and cross-art is a natural step toward expanding the communication platform. To be a part of Radar festival is another step towards this boundary-less life as a musician and artist which I am very excited to experience.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Communication. Resonating with the audience. Boundaryless musician.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

 

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Communication. Resonating with the audience. Boundaryless musician.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Finding my artistic identity, my voice. Embracing the makings and the creatings, beyond the labels. Collaborating.

6. When is music beyond?

When there is an urge to say something.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Intuitive perception of the world around and inside me.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

I experiment with live electronics using Roli, Equator, etcetera for my personal projects. Here I am a pianist and narrator, the composer/drummer integrates electronic and acoustic quite brilliantly in his work.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Mindfulness in art and music making can change the values, my reflection is that if the art is created with such motivation, I am flattered to be a part of it.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

I am happy to be there. Hear and share.


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Pandelis Diamantides tells us about the unheard, unseen, undiscovered

The opening of RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 is closer and closer every day. On the first evening, on August 9, we will have an encounter with audiovisual artist Pandelis Diamantides. It is our pleasure to present his answers to our questions in our traditional RADAR interview. What did he share about the use of algorithms and the ephemeral nature of art – you can find out in the following text. And his digital project, Go Back to Hiding in the Shadows, which he calls “a narrative of becoming”, will be presented on August 9 at 22:00 at the City Art Gallery.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

When I realised that it is our uniqueness that is under attack and not exactly our freedoms, I decided that I would use anything to express myself. It’s an existential need. Be it sound, visuals, code…doesn’t matter. For my work, the medium is not the message. Just a means to an end: self-expression.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Unheard. Unseen. Undiscovered.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

To no extent…

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Literature. For the ability to create novel worlds.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

…prosperity!

6. When is music beyond?

When it is not music anymore but an art form.

7. Which is your personal radar?

If I could put it in words, I wouldn’t say it with music.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

The use of algorithms, generative techniques and computational abstractions are central to my work. I’m nevertheless critical towards technological trends and have a strong distaste towards gimmickry.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Art is ephemeral. An experience or nothing. A life enhancer and a means with which to shape reality.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Some would say… “bleeps, microsound and infrabass. A taste of paradise in binary language” while others will experience the performance “like rush hour traffic inside electric wires”.


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On music 'beyond' with Amelie and Marco of the audiovisual duo SCHNITT

In its sixth edition, RADAR will once again excite and move the lovers of electronic music. On August 10 at 22:00 at the City Art Gallery, the duo SCHNITT will take us on an inner journey to the depths of our own visual memory. More about the collaborators behind SCHNITT – Amelie Duchow and Marco Monfardini, their MEMORY CODE project and the unique form of expression in the transition areas between music, art and science, can be found in the text below.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Marco Monfardini : Since the beginning of my personal path, I found in the multidisciplinary form the necessary stimuli to experiment and start an exploration that is still in progress today, I found in the sound / image binomial the necessary elements to undertake a path that has seen innumerable changes and evolutions, each time a starting point that has not yet found the point of arrival.

Amelie Duchow: It was techno of the early 90’s that influenced me to emerge myself in electronic music. I felt the necessity to explore all its diversities and to use it as a sort of instrument for expressing myself. Through the collaboration with Marco, initially inspired by electronic sound research, we soon started experimenting with different video sources, feeling essential to amplify our artistic expression working on the synergy between sound and moving image.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Marco : research, beyond

Amelie: inspiration, curiosity

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

Marco: More than a destiny I would describe it a necessity, a way out, a tool to go beyond, destiny perhaps had a complementary and not always pleasant role, in the past my path has unfortunately been influenced by extremely unpleasant events that I attributed to destiny. I believe that something you live with all of yourself, destiny is part of the game. In the case of Schnitt it is perhaps destiny, and this time in a positive way, for having met Amelie, the motivations were great and the project was born spontaneously, destiny has only contributed to the beginning. However, destiny scares me a little and the idea that everything is already written absorbs my energy.

Amelie: I fully agree with Marco that it was definitely destiny that we met; the common interest in electronic music and digital art inspired us to collaborate and work on a project that is also driven by our personal influences and backgrounds, by exchanging ideas and the desire to communicate them in our own “language”.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Marco: It is very interesting to immerse yourself in new experiences, but it should be our personal development we are undergoing to show us a new way, perhaps cinema.

Amelie: I have been always attracted by photography, even if today nearly everybody is a photographer

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Marco: to move on

Amelie: questioning, reflection, planning

6. When is music beyond?

Marco:The function of music same as for art, should be precisely that of crossing borders, a sort of key to open the doors to “beyond”, passages to access evolutionary experiences that extend the same boundaries over time. Music goes beyond every time it manages to get rid of the profit parameters and from all the limits imposed by the boundaries themselves, whenever it manages to open and lead you beyond these doors, it doesn’t matter in which way, it can be a violent or ultra-delicate sound and imperceptible, a large door or a small slot.

Amelie: I consider the moment when music overcomes the boundaries a very personal experience /act; the moment when I become part of the music, when body and mind are in line with the sound, when music works like a catalyst.

7. Which is your personal radar?

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?


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RADAR was a guest of the International Economic Relations Department at University of Economics - Varna

Студенти МИОSvetlozara Hristova (executive director of RADAR festival) and Violina Nikolova (public relations manager of RADAR festival) read a lecture on Leadership, innovations and new organizational methods, invited by the guidance of the International Economic Relations Department. The students had the opportunity to talk about new leaders, women in positions of power, types of innovation and the key things that guarantee the success of an idea. This event started the new platform of knowledge exchange at University of Economics Varna, during which the students could meet influential people, who have managed to develop a successful career. We were happy to be the first guests of the event and we wish the team good luck!


RADAR honored with EFFE label

EFFE_LABEL_LOGOAt an official event in Germany, the European Festivals Association announced the festivals, awarded with EFFE label 2017-2018, among which is RADAR. 715 festivals from 39 European countries are given recognition because of their deep commitment to the world of arts, to local communities and to Europe. We are proud to be considered one of the most modern and avant-garde festivals in the continent and to continue our work, building up the city’s image and making the country a great culture destination that offers its visitors such an extraordinary experience.