ARMEN is an audio-visual installation and a vinyl release, composed using found audio materials which were produced by Armenian musicians living abroad. Armenia has one of the largest diaspora in the world, spread across various continents. I chose to work with a selection of tracks from the 1970s and 80s made by Armenian diaspora producers, same generation as my father, who was an Armenian emigré himself. All of the selected tracks share a certain sense of nostalgia as well as use certain elements of traditional Armenian music. I reproduce their sounds and structures which create this “southern” feeling while exposing it to noises and glitchy textures reconstructing their narratives anew.
First version of ARMEN was shown at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and broadcast by Radio Papesse Süden Radio and documenta14 SAVVY FUNK radio program. The second iteration of the piece will be presented at the gallery HAYP in Yerevan, September 2018.
ARMEN is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), Performing Arts Fund NL, Armenian Art Foundation and Lithuanian Council for Culture