DNK Ensemble presents: Intona Re-enacted

During Art Rotterdam 2021, DNK Ensemble will enact a one-off re-interpretation of Dick Raaijmakers' iconic piece ‘Intona’ at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

Jul 2021
Jul 2021
20:00 to 20:00
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For the original 1991 work, Raaijmakers heated, boiled, pierced his microphones to capture their ‘dying breath’ within a musically theatrical context, he even dissoved them in acid. Doing so, he mobilized the microphone as an instrument in and on itself, disconnected from its common reproductive function.

In a four-day reworking Intona Re-enacted, the DNK Ensemble investigates this unique performance. Following an opening performance, the space and the materials used will be slowly transformed and processed into an exhibition. Here, Raaijmakers' points of departure regarding the microphone and its cultural and musical function, serve as guideline for a series of performative and transformative processes.

Opening Night


For the opening night, the original theater setting for solo actor will be remodelled into a minimalist composition for four overlapping sequences of microphone treatments. The piece will be performed by an ensemble of four performers and with the audio spatially diffused over a quadraphonic soundsystem. The musical and interacting form of this structured but unpredictable polyphonic trajectory is largely determined by the chance mechanisms at work within the processes set in motion, using heat, fire, cold, fluid, pressure and perforation.

The stage attributes, microphone remnants and tools used during the opening performance remain as a physical trace of the fatal actions of the microphones, but also function as a practical starting point for the consecutive part of ‘Intona Re-enacted’. 

Performative Exhibition


Over the following three days, the ensemble works as a production unit in the step-by-step processing of the left-behind microphones into phonographic objects on which the audio recordings of their own destruction are cut, and in the conversion of the performance stage into an exhibition space where these objects will be displayed both as sculptures and as sound works.

André Avelãs, Martijn Tellinga - composition, performance
Mint Park, Gökay Atabek - performance
Radboud Mens - engineering / audio recording / post-production
Koen Nutters - dramaturgy


Opening Performance: July 1, 2021 -8 PM–10 PM
Performative Exhibition: July 2 - 4, 2021 - 12 noon to 8 pm
For more information visit www.artrotterdam.nl
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