Scattering Layer by ORNIS premiered at Kontraklang, Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, April 2018
ORNIS is a collaboration between the Potsdam based flautist / composer Sabine Vogel and audiovisual artist Kathy Hinde from Bristol. In 2008 EMS studio in Stockholm commissioned a work by Hinde and Vogel for the Norberg Festival in Sweden, which led to an ongoing collaborative experimental duo. ORNIS create installations, performances, audio visual compositions that are often concerned with memory, resonance, the changing states of matter. and human's relationship with the natural world.
The ‘sound scattering layer’, is a layer in the ocean that is very densely populated with small marine animals and can often be mistaken as the ocean bed.
Working with a combination of flutes, objects, live electronics, field recordings and video, ORNIS takes the audience on an immersive audio-visual journey inspired by the natural world. The concert space functions as an extended stage through which Hinde and Vogel move to interact with dispersed sets of objects and instruments. The movement of water, the flocking patterns of birds, and swarms of buzzing insects merge both visually and sonically into layered textures, blending acoustic sounds with samples and electronics.