On Focus: Ivan Antunovic

At the beginning of July, the Viennese music store “Transformer” moved to Museum Quartier, as part of the “Summer of Sounds” festival. During the opening event, the artist in residence Ivan Antunovic, presented the first lecture “One-Man-Scene” and his exhibition Nieuw NDG: “Did It Myself”. He will also take part in few musical performances and lectures during his stay this summer in Vienna.
On 10th of July in Rhiz, Salon Skug hosted a club night, where Ivan presented also one of his musical alter egos – the project I/II, with whom he also participated in the recently released music compilation “SOS Tape” (cassette/digital release), compiled by Totally Wired and Wilhelm Show Me The Major Label.
Before his turn on the stage, the audience saw the live debut of the Austrian artist Uno Hobby. She played three-tracks set, mainly going direction minimalwave/electronics.

Afterwards I/II’s set was a great combination of electro, synth, minimalwave, very influenced by the 80’s sound. The way Ivan sings sometimes might remind a bit of Jamie Stewart (the vocalist of Xiu Xiu), both having very powerful high voices. Very danceable live set, which everybody enjoyed.

“Transmissions End” is one of the tracks we recorded live at Rhiz, and it is from the forthcoming new I/II mini-album called “Earthquakes Usually Come Around At Night” (to be released on vinyl by one of our favorite labels Totally Wired Records).

The second one is a bit older and it’s from the Split Personalities´ 2012 mini-album “Everyone Is Lost behind the Headlines”. The track is called “Repetition Comes” (watch it bellow).

On 26.07.2014 Ivan presents his other musical project Umrijeti Za Strojem @ MQ (Courtyard 6)
The next two lecture-series “One-Man-Scene” are on: 25.07./26.07., Raum D / quartier21. More info here: http://transformermusic.at/mqsounds.html

Ivan A. is Artist in Residence of quartier21/MQ in July 2014. TRANSFORMER in MQ is hosted by eSeL.at, in cooperation with quartier21/MQ, QDK – Quartier für Digitale Kultur, skug and Totally Wired Records.

Text/Video/Pictures: Svetlomir Slavchev