The Vinyl Factory partners and curated the music programme for Volcano Extravaganza, the annual arts festival staged on the mystical island of Stromboli.
Volcano Extravaganza harnesses the raw power of nature; each summer inviting artists and musicians to perform works amid the wild beauty of Stromboli, an island dominated by an active volcano and circled by black sand.
Curated by Camile Henrot, the 2016 edition featured Ragnar Kjartansson, who drew on the perimeter of the island to perform a musical voyage exploring themes of isolation, and Rachel Rose who depicted an apocalyptic hailstorm through video. The programme also included DJ sets by Afro-disco pioneer Beppe Loda and artist-poet Juliana Huxtable, as well as a performative concert by electronic duo NY Tempers, who wrote lyrics inspired by the island.
For the 2015 programme, legendary Italian DJ Danielle Baldelli headlined The Vinyl Factory’s cosmic disco under the stars. Staged in an open-air amphitheatre looking out to the Tyrrhenian Sea, Baldelli played an all-night set of Afro, disco and electronic body music.
In 2014 the festival was curated by VF collaborator, artist Haroon Mirza and featured a musical programme by a host of VF label regulars, including James Lavelle and Eddie Peake.
test pattern [nº11]
Sonic manipulator and audio-visual artist Ryoji Ikeda presents his mind-bending test pattern [nº11] installation in a semi-permanent structure on the outskirts of Gstaad to launch the release of his new project Code Name: A to Z, which you can order here.
An interactive visual landscape built from Ikeda’s fascination with data and binary forms, test pattern pushes viewers to their limits, both physically and psychologically, throwing a digital mirror up to the unforgiving monochrome environment of the region’s snow capped peaks.
Douglas Gordon & Morgane Tschiember
As Close As You Can For As Long As It Lasts
Inspired by the traditions and rituals of mountain communities that communicated across the hills without seeing one another, Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember made the treacherous ascent up the surrounding hills to create a ring of fire that smoulders mysteriously in the snow.
With viewers invited on a pilgrimage to this mystical event, the fire hopes to ignite its own regional myth, guarded by the eerie howls of wolves that once ruled the slopes in central Europe.
Same Same Joy
Projected onto the snow-covered slopes, Cecilia Bengolea’s acid-laced piece delves into the intense world of Thai boxing, with its animalistic rituals and superstitions.
Set to a soundtrack of psychedelic electronics and popping French grime, Bengolea dances in the snow in front of the projection, developing unique movements from martial arts and Jamaican dancehall.
Rosa and TC Boring live
Clad in pseudo-ecclesiastical garb, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans’ black-cloaked figure is an anomaly in the pristine white landscape and appears like a visitation crashing to Earth headfirst from above.
The festival’s opening weekend also saw Borremans present his new musical project TC Boring for a foot-stomping set of swamp blues and shotgun murder ballads at the former chalet of notorious Swiss playboy Gunter Sachs.