04 05 2010





MYRIORAMA is Estelle Hanania’s second solo exhibition. It will be held at the FAT Galerie, from the 20th of May
to the 30th of June 2010.

The artist’s photographic work draws its subject from popular cultures and traditions, pagan rituals and other ancestral
celebrations still in practice nowadays. She explores the relationship between Mankind and Nature, she follows the traces of a
half-human and half vegetal procession. Through her lens, the photographer gives us a primitive and fundamental aspect of
these strange cults to see.

The images come very close to abstraction. Here rise gigantic, tall, black and white and hairy figures, undulating their bodies
into an impressive trance. They become real and scary sculptures. Wild as well, masks made with entire birds spreading their
wings, huge organic mixes, seem to take their flight.

« Estelle Hanania, through a sort of inverted analogy, puts us in touch with the strange recognition/similarity that is to be found
between gesture of rituals and the order of Nature. She introduces us to a deep connection between the afterlife and the raw presence
of things. » Lara Sarcevic


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03 05 2010

Parking Lot Hydra - Estelle Hanania




We are delighted to welcome Estelle Hanania to the virtual gallery. Her work we think is outstanding visually and perfectly matches the 'theatrical' tone of our other current events!

Photographer Estelle Hanania is a lyrical storyteller, weaving tender and sometimes perplexing plots into her fashion photo series.

Her fashion stories develop beyond the confines of a studio or location shoot by integrating still life and landscape images, creating visual rhythm and narrative complexity. The Paris-based photographer has a background in graphic design, art direction and fine art. She graduated in 2006 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and, in the same year, won the ‘best photographer’ prize at the highly prestigious Hyeres Festival in Southern France. Her photography has been exhibited in several galleries in France and her work, both commissioned and personal, has appeared in magazines including Another, Modern Painters, 032c and Capricious.

Hanania regularly collaborates with artists to create unique sets, backdrops and accessories for shoots, which lend an air of delicate curiosity to her work. Her personal projects, which feed directly into fashion commissions, result from explorations into costume, folklore and pagan tradition.

Pagan emblems invested with symbolism and still life elements loaded with meaning and memory bring a unique narrative to Hanania’ stories: here the garments are one of a number of powerful storytelling devices in an unfolding drama. She often explores ideas about alchemy and magic that have become associated with modern photography – subverting our common
conception that a photographic image can, with the use of digital manipulation, portray the impossible. But the wonders in Hanania’s poetic and technically nimble images are achieved without any digital trickery or retouching at all. She approaches her photography from a cultural standpoint, is interested in costume and the body’ relationship to garments and contextualises fashion among other art forms: qualities that immediately mark Estelle Hanania out as a sensitive and commanding photographer.

text by Angharad Lewis


Interview by Decathlon Books

How did you find out about this ceremony and how did it feel to be there?

A few years ago, I started to work around traditional masquerades. I’m looking for worlds I haven’t seen before. For The Parking Lot Hydra story, I wanted a mood with something very organic to it. It would have something to do with animals, and men using their fur to cover their own bodies. I was interested in this wild side of things. I came across archive images of a tradition gathering from Eastern Europe. For the occasion, men wore masks of feathers that particularly attracted me. Those reminded me of Native American garments and headdresses. I’m drawn to the blur line and to the uncertainty about the masks, the costumes and their origin.
To be there was extraordinary. It was the exact kind of atmosphere I like to blend in. It is like being in an oil painting where the colors faded, where the light is grey and flat, in a way I like a lot, typical of Eastern Europe.

Can you describe what happens from beginning to end?

The place is full of masked people, the masks go from cheap to very sophisticated. The music is loud, there’s lots of marching bands. Huge dusty trucks arrive in town where hundreds of crazy figures pour out of them. The rhythm of the procession is quite intense. Once it starts, it doesn’t stop, not until very late at night. My favorite moment is on the second day: very early in the morning. Streets are still trashed and messy from the day before, people are hungover but they keep dancing and singing, going deeper into the performance. They become wilder and even more dedicated to their costume and to the character they play. Incessant music comes from small bands performing everywhere in town. Most of the masked men seem to be in trance.

Where is it?

It’s a small town in Bulgaria. I spent most of my time there in a parking lot where the trucks carryings groups and costumes parked. This parking lot was the place where groups would get dressed and put their costumes and masks on. It was a crucial moment where the figures came to life.

Were there other people photographing the ceremony?

Yes, mainly some locals and tourists from Bulgaria or the countries around. Some journalists were covering the event for local newspapers. It was a good thing, I could blend in with the crowd, and not be particularly noticed, even though i was shooting with a middle format camera .

Were you the only woman there?

No, there were women, definitely. For the most of them, they were costumed and took part in the ceremony. I can’t deny that it is mainly a man’s world. It is always a positive thing that I am a girl at these events, the costume men are nice to me. I’ve seen a male photographer trying to take someone’s portrait, and the model shot white wine at his face from a seringe, things of that sort. Some of the people’s faces and hands are totally painted in black, and sometimes they walk right up to you and put their hands all over your face. You end up completely dirty and black yourself, Carnival atmosphere… Actually, it didn’t happen to me but my boyfriend -who was filming- had to run away from them a few times.

What is your take on the casual coming together with the really old school ceremony ?

The confrontation is really good and makes the event much more interesting for me. It is rooted in the present as much as in the past. These masks and costumes come from ancient times. The way the young generation appropriates the tradition is really interesting. I like this contrast . It is this confrontation that gives the image an even more interesting story to tell. For example there are lot of photos where cars and trucks are an important part of the subject.
I’m not looking for an exotic or a nostalgic feel in my work.

What is the ceremony about? What is going on?

This ceremony is a big gathering, not only for Bulgarian masquerades, but also for Romanian, Greek, Serbian or Turkish ones. Very different groups of people gather. Some of them have already performed earlier in the year, in their own villages, to welcome the new year, originally to frighten the evil spirits away, so the year to come will be good. It’s where many of these winter masquerades come from…



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03 05 2010

Travis Bean spec sheet


Found this while trying to find out the "official" neck length of the recently acquired TB2000. 34 1/2"!

03 05 2010
02 05 2010

PAN SONIC special on Swedish National Radio


Great show on Finnish Lords: Pan Sonic... listen to an mp3 of the broadcast here.


Ström spellista 17 mars 2010

1, Panasonic: ”Urania”. Vakio. CD 1995. Blast First (BFFP 118 CD)

2, Pan Sonic: ”Arktinen”. Kesto (234.48:4). CD 2004. Blast First (BFFP 180BX)

3, Panasonic: ”Uranokemia”. Osasto EP. CD 1996. Blast First (BFFP 128CD)

4, Vainio/Väisänen/Vega: ”Endless”. Endless. CD 1998. (BFFP 147CD)

5, Angel: ”Highrise 1”. Hedonism. CD 2008. Editions Mego (eMEGO 093)

6, Pan Sonic: ”Virta 1”. Katodivaihe. CD 2007. Blast First Petite (PTYT 007)

7, Panasonic: ”Virhe”. Vakio. CD 1995. Blast First (BFFP 118 CD)

8, Pan Sonic: ”Maa”. A. CD 1999. Blast First (BFFP149CD)

9, Mika Vainio: ”Vandals”. Vandal EP. 12” 2009. Raster-Noton (R-N 114)

10, Pan Sonic: ”Särmays”. A. CD 1999. Blast First (BFFP149CD)

11, Sunn O))) & Pan Sonic: ”Che”. Che. 10” 2009. Blast First Petite (PTYT 021)

12, Pan Sonic: ”Askel”. A. CD 1999. Blast First (BFFP149CD)

13, Mikkel Metal: ”Kenton (Marcel Dettmann Remix)”. Kenton EP. 12” 2009. Echocord Colour (Echocord Colour 07)

14, Materia: ”Arfricasia”. Ström i P2: Musiken från framtiden. Outgiven.

15, Geuder: ”Strömremix”. Outgiven.

(Artist: ”Låttitel”. Albumtitel. Format år. Skivbolag (katalognummer))

En av elektronikans mest stilbildande band är finska duon Pan Sonic. Deras samarbeten med andra artister har fått stor uppmärksamhet och deras sound är helt unikt.

För sjutton år sedan bestämde sig tre unga finska män för att starta ett band tillsammans. Namnet stal de helt fräckt från ett av världens största företag för elektroniska apparater: Panasonic. Sedan dess har de inte bara hunnit med att göra nyskapande elektronisk musik, de har också blivit stämda och tvungna att byta namn.

Precis som ett a föll bort i namnet, som blev Pan Sonic, har en av medlemmarna slutat. Idag är Pan Sonic en duo som består av Mika Vainio och Ilpo Väisänen. Tillsammans fortsätter de att göra musik som sprakar och skriker av ren kortslutningsenergi. På skiva och på scen har de övertygat år ut och år in.

Deras soloprojekt och samarbeten med andra artister är många och håller nästan alltid högsta klass. Ilpo och Mika har kort sagt nått legendstatus inom elektronikakretsar och anlitas också flitigt som ljudkonstnärer i olika konstsammanhang.

I kvällens avsnitt av Ström pratar de humor, stämningar, samarbeten, skivbolagsbråk och instrument som fått namn efter amerikanska porrstjärnor. Många av deras samarbetspartners berättar om vad det är som gör Pan Sonic så speciella.

Medverkar i programmet gör: Pan Sonic, Alan Vega/Suicide, FM Einheit/ex-Einstürzende Neubauten, Hildur Gudnadottir, Stephen O´Malley/Sunn0))) och Paul Smith som driver skivbolaget Blast First Petite.

Förutom Pan Sonic bjuder Ström också på ”vackraste ljudet” där en artist, dj eller klubbfixare väljer sitt bästa ljud. Ikväll är det Björn Berglund som väljer ett musikaliskt ljud som han alltid älskat.

Ström presenterar som bekant varje år en musikalisk uppgift för de bästa svenska producenterna inom elektronisk musik. Tidigare har de remixat pausfåglar, gjort ny musik för landssorg, skickat ut musik i Universum och gjort covers av den musik de hatar. Lagom till Ströms femårsjubileum blir årets uppgift den hittills svåraste. Det handlar om framtiden. Kan vi genom att studera historien bättre förutspå framtiden och kan vi göra detsamma med musikhistorien? Vilka faktorer styr hur framtiden kommer bli? Och hur den kommer låta. Artisterna kommer utifrån ett antal framtidsscenarier alltså skapa musik som ännu inte finns: Musiken Från Framtiden. Ikväll med artisten Materia.

Kvällens remix av Ströms signatur är gjord av Geuder som har har använt P2Ström appen på itunes store och laddat upp remixen som svänger som tusan. Du som är iPhoneanvändare: glöm inte att gå in och ladda ner appen P2Ström och remixa vår signatur. Gör du det riktigt bra spelar vi den i ett kommande program.

Onsdagen den 17 mars klockan 21.30–22.30 blir din radio Strömförande, torsdagen den 18 mars händer det igen i repris klockan 12.30. Efter det kan du lyssna på veckans program här på Ströms hemsida.

Låt Ström elektrifiera dina öron.

Foto: Anne Hamalain

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