The second What is Live Cinema seminar targeted on the phenomena of the electronic and acoustic music in live performance was held by Kateřina Koutná (aka Makak). Together with the visual artist Anna Balážová they subsequently performed a live cinema show.
Founded four years ago, Makak is an ambient music project of cellist Kateřina Koutná (b. 1987, Olomouc). Koutná gained her Bachelor Degree in Musicology at Masaryk University, Brno in 2012. She is known for her work with the band Teve, and her collaboration with Paramount Styles and Hope Astronaut. She originally performed with two other musicians under the name Makak and Neandr. The shows had the nature of a directed improvisation. Currently, Kateřina produces all the music herself and her performances are accompanied by the VJing of artist Anna Balážová. During live performances, she tries to maintain the improvised parts. In those, she combines acoustic and electronic instruments and responds to the place and audience. In 2014, Makak released on tape the first studio album called Stromy.
She lives and works in Brno and Nebovidy, Czech Republic.
For the Festivals of Live Cinema, Koutná has prepared an original audio-visual project Stone Horizon for the Stavanger Tou Scene and PAF, in collaboration with Veronika Vlková and Greg Pope.
What is Live Cinema? Kateřina Koutná, Anna Balážová
Theatre Hall, Wurmova 7, Olomouc
October 10 2015
What is Live Cinema? „Live Cinema refers to projects, which originate in real time when both the audio and the visual parts of the works are being created. The development of similar productions has been known since the end of the 19th century. In the context of audio-visual performance and installation, Live Cinema is an important testimony to technological and social changes in the perception of contemporary art through different forms of presentation and interfaces.” (Martin Mazanec)
The team of PAF is examining the problems of Live Cinema as a part of the year-long Festivals of Live Cinema project. The focus is not only its current state but also a historical reflection in contrast with today’s technological availability of moving images.