Cantata Profana (2011) is the second of a series of new films by Sam Blair which celebrate some of Forma's landmark projects from the past 10 years. The film includes images from Matt Stokes 6-screen video installation Cantata Profana which was the highlight of the artist's solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany as well as interviews with Forma Artistic Director and founder, David Metcalfe and Stokes himself.
Cantata Profana consisted of unedited performances by 6 vocalists from the hardcore, grindcore and death metal scenes of Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, The Netherlands and the United States. Stokes, with the British Composer, Orlando Gough worked with the vocalists to create a composition using traditional choral modes, such as European polyphony, layered with experimental techniques like staccato, noise and texture to present an immersive choral work.
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