Novi_sad (Thanasis Kaproulias)
IIC – International Internal Catastrophes is an audio-visual project by Novi_sad + Isaac Niemand. It fosters dissonant elements, tempered by emphasis on layered exaggerations, which are capable of causing acutely synaesthetical reactions. Multi-layered epic abstract soundscapes, delighted with elegiac optical nuances and the profound sequential exploration of the notion of the terms ”collapse-rebuild-isolate-take off…”, are the core, generative and fundamental force of this project. Amalgamated with unique dynamics, IIC is immersive, outrageous and extreme in its approach on the geometrical construction and demonstration of the composed sounds and visual parts. The first part is based on a wide range of audible and/or inaudible sonic phenomena and captured at Iceland. The second part is based on vibration recordings from Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in NYC. Also in use, there is the voice of a woman mourning her murdered children during the war in Bosnia. An excerpt from the second part entitled ”Riotous Viscera”, has been selected and utilized by Lars von Trier for his project ”Gesamt”, responding to the theme associated to James Joyce’s ”Ulysses”.
IIC operates as an explicit incarnation of mutated Audio-Visual mirages within a psychotic phonography + iconography that arises and being (re)produced by the isolation and destruction of psyches, by the unexpected but inevitable climax of humans entering this unidentified and unknown universe as conquerors of active observation who encounter sounds and images which have never been perceived before.
Thanasis Kaproulias lives and works in Athens, Greece. He began generating sounds in 2005, influenced by the pioneers of audio assault. Under the pseudonym Novi_sad, Kaproulias borrows from the cinema pour l'oreille (“cinema for the ear”), creating immersive sonic environments that provoke both visceral and cerebral responses. Novi_sad has worked and collaborated with Lars von Trier, Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent), Francisco López, Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Ryoichi Kurokawa, BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche, Richard Chartier, CM von Hausswolff, Jacob Kirkegaard, Beckie Foon (A Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames), Scott Konzelmann, Irini Kyriakidou, Konstantina Kontzamani, Isaac Niemand, and Yorgos Zois.
photo: Isaac Niemand