‘It Must be My Imagination’ and ‘Oswaldo’s bar’
On the evening of Tuesday 7th May, Kunstraum t27 hosted the live performances ‘It Must be My Imagination’ and ‘Oswaldo’s bar’ as part of MPA-B 2013. The evening began with a live sound performance, ‘It Must be My Imagination’, by the two Danish artists, Camilla Sørensen and Greta Christensen, who make up ‘Vinyl Horror and Terror’. Since meeting in the Royal Danish Art academy in Copenhagen in 2001, the pair have been collaborating on both visual and sound pieces.
On arriving at Kunstraum t27, Vinyl Horror and Terror’s performance had already begun, and we were greeted by a wall of sound that was half musical, half guttural animal cry. The women were a pleasure to watch; completely absorbed in their stacks of vinyl turntables, and both with striking blue eyes and short blonde hair. Their sounds are created by distorting, breaking and reassembling, and physically changing the grooves of records. After their performance we spoke to them about their work, and about how they are viewed by others.
“People often ask us if we are feminist artists… because we are women and what we do could be seen as aggressive or destructive, breaking records and sticking them back together, and the music itself can sometimes sound aggressive. But we don’t define ourselves like this.” Vinyl Horror and Terror, MPA-B 2013
These two women are really intriguing, and we only wish we had had longer to talk to them and hear about their work.
Shortly after Vinyl Horror and Terror’s performance, the calm of the gallery was interrupted by the sound of a drum, and the sudden appearance of the delightful Danish artists, Bailly Blo and Layla Torres Mollerup. Bailly Blo has a wide smile, a loud drum and wears traditional African dress, while Torres is styling a ‘fancy dress tribal’ costume, complete with rainmaker, face paint and feathers in her hair. Their performance, ‘Oswaldo’s bar’ had everyone smiling (as well as drinking some pretty horrendous cocktails). Their beach style pop-up bar boasts a vast array of liquors, which the lively bartenders, Bailly and Layla, are very happy to mix for anyone who comes along.
Bailly and Layla have an infectious energy, and address the heavy issues of racial, sexual and social stereotypes with humour and ease. “I’m always working hard, he’s always having fun… typical African man” Layla exclaims as she shakes a cocktail.
The daily specials at Oswaldo’s bar included ‘Black Boss’, ‘Lazy Greek’ and ‘Turk on the Rocks’, but Bailly and Layla seemed more than happy to recommend cocktails for each person that came. Andrew and I had a personal mix created for us – Homo, Turkish, Dancer, Woman, Middle-Aged and Gay. We think it included aniseed, tabasco, tomato juice, and goodness knows what else, but we will never know. The artists hope that by encouraging people to ingest foreign substances, they may be inspired to come up with new ways of thinking, new politics and religions better that what we have now. Thank you, Bailly and Layla, for your hopeful and happy approach to these difficult subjects.