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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