Friday
29. September 2006

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Safy's Giants of Rock / Star Search & Destroy VDJ Sniper


Safy Sniper, born in Haifa and working and living in Berlin since 1985, is one of the pioneers of video scratching. In his solo concert-video performances he deploys common consumer electronics equipment and the appropriate archive of videos. By manipulating his set, reminiscent of a collection of damaged players, a new composition is created, which functions not only as a self-standing musical clip, but also as an acid-tongued comment to the genre. Synchronicity between sound and video is a top priority for Safy. Originally he used laser-disc players, allowing him to fast-forward and rewind, jump and omit parts smoothly in real-time. Today Safy uses a more comfortable laptop with software that is almost as good to produce exciting forms of non-linear narrations out of a linearly structured video. Details that generally fall through the cracks of perception thus become visible and analysable. Coincidence and improvisation in the interaction of image and sound play the leading part in his performance. “Giants of Rock” embraces mythical icons of rock and pop music and deconstructs them beyond (re)cognition: Elvis, Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson at the age of eight – Safy Sniper creates their deconstructed double always new, always different. “Giants of Rock” was shown with great success as opening act live on tour with The Fall and Boy from Brazil.

www.sniperberlin.com

© VDJ Sniper

© VDJ Sniper