SoundWeaving V4 - 2018
This year, Hungary holds presidency over the Visegrád Group, which served as inspiration for launching SoundWeaving – V4 Edition. As a reflection on the connection between V4 countries as well as their shared cultural heritage, textile artist Zsanett Szirmay created a textile installation that presents the world of motifs of Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, and Polish cross-stitching. Visiting V4 countries, the travelling exhibition will be displayed at several venues.
V4 member states rely on shared values, and the exhibited patterns and motifs—turned into tunes by a music player—illustrate their ties. Laser-cut textiles appear in black, white, and tawny; these differences in color recall the diversity of the region and also the interconnectedness of the countries’ histories. The musical transcription adapted for punched-card music player was done by musician and composer Dániel Vikukel.
The series of exhibitions are organized by Hybridart Management, commissioned by the Public Foundation for Research and Development of History and Society in Central-Eastern Europe (KKETTK) during the 2017-2018 Hungarian V4 Presidency.
What is the SoundWeaving – V4 Edition?
Merging the frontiers of folk art, design, and music, SoundWeaving – V4 Edition is a project that involves all the senses. Its key word: transformation. Embroideries turn into laser-cut textiles, while patterns turn into tunes. The creative process consists of a close collaboration between textile artist and music composer, their joint work results in the musical transcription and adaptation for punched-card music player of traditional cross-stitch patterns known from Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, or Polish folk embroideries.
Zsanett Szirmay biography
Zsanett Szirmay, textile designer
She graduated at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design as a fashion and textile designer in 2017. Characterized by bold experimentions and integrative thinking, her priorities are respecting tradition and combining innovative, experimental materials. The project SoundWeaving was carried out in the same spirit.
She has been a member of the Society of Hungarian Electrography since 2013, and the Studio of Young Designers Association since 2014. She regularly participates in exhibitions, also attending the annual Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt. In 2015, she was awarded the Kozma Lajos Design Grant, which she invested in the development of the SoundWeaving project.
SoundWeaving and its sequel, SoundWeaving Middle East Edition, were on display at several European and Middle Eastern innovative and post-digital design weeks, the installation was presented by numerous international design magazines. It was included in the Milanese Domus, Wallpaper, Design Milk, the Hungarian Design Yearbook, the Book of Design, and in a selection by BBC Radio.
In 2017, Zsanett submitted an experimental, sounding, smart jacquard textile—that she continues to develop—to a Smart Design competition at Budapest Design Week. Her next project, SoundWeaving 6.0, is commissioned by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Pergamonmuseum.
Dániel Vikukel biography
He started playing the piano at the age of 3; while studying classical music he also met jazz at the age of 9.
Following the Bartók Music Secondary School, he got admitted to the Jazz Composition program at the Liszt Academy, where he attended Károly Binder and Béla Faragó’s class. He founded Silence Fiction, a band with one LP and past performances at the Liszt Academy, CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, Veszprém Fest, and in concert halls in the Czech Republic and Germany.
Currently, he is the leader of the band Cymbal Rush, which in 2018 has been invited to the Sziget Festival for a second time. He is a member of several further musical productions; Judit Schell and László Boldizsár’s concert piece “A Nő illata” [The Woman’s scent], the band Maszkura és a Tücsökraj, and the group lead by Viktor Varga.
He has been involved in composing since his secondary school years, orchestrating pieces for jazz bands, symphony orchestras, and a capella choirs. Also, he wrote music for commercials and movies, he produced acoustic albums for bands, and contributed to numerous recordings and art projects.
He has been working with Zsanett Szirmay since 2015, assisting the music development of SoundWeaving – V4 Edition.