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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