Bodikhuu is a young artist, musician and environmental activist with a rather big reputation in his home country. Deeply concerned with the current situation there, he uses his work to address issues such as waste, pollution and climate change, serving as an example for many young Mongolian artists.
For TodaysArt, Bodikhuu will DJ at the afterparty on Thursday, and present two sound performances from his sound art installation ‘SPIRAL SUFFOCATION’. The first part, called ‘Sound Roulette’, plays on the sampling tradition of using randomly chosen vinyl records to create music. In the performance, 10 pieces of vinyl are chosen to create a live performance of overlapping 2 bar-length samples looped into infinity.
The second part, ‘Nature Waste’, attempts to touch upon the issue of environmental pollution and especially the problem of disposable plastic bags. Here, Bodikhuu is nature-embodied: his performance from ‘Sound Roulette’ is brought to a halt by the problem of suffocating, toxic plastic. Bodikhuu’s breath penetrates the plastic bags to reach the sound recorder placed under his chin. The already distorted sound is then transformed within the MPC by means of delay, reverb and fuzz effects.
This performance was brought by an artistic exchange with Arts Council Mongolia, supported by the Mongolian Khan Bank. Every year, a nominated Mongolian artist, the winner of the Shining Horse Award, presents his work at TodaysArt.