Interview: Ieva Klingenberga
Luca Curci talks with Ieva Klingenberga during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Ieva Klingenberga was born on September 17, 1986, in Riga, Latvia. She is a composer and audiovisual artist. Ieva accomplished her Master’s Degree in Composition at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in 2012 and the Master in Audiovisual Composition at the Conservatorio di Musica G.Tartini di Trieste, Italy (2019). Since 2012 Ieva is a member of the Latvian Composers Union. She has participated in various workshops and masterclasses abroad and her music and audiovisual art has been performed at the contemporary music festival Latvian New Music Days in Riga (2010, 2011, 2012, 2018), at the Avignon Festival in France (2012), at the 12th Annual CSUF New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century in USA (2013), at the electroacoustic music festival Electronic Geographies in Portugal (2015), at the international symposium of art figures Art-area 2015 in China (2015), at the culture forum/festival White Night in Latvia (2015), at the International Video Festival Digitalbigscreen 2015 in Slovenia, at the Fresh Minds Festival in USA (2015), at ITSLIQUID Group’s International Art Show in Italy (2017, 2020), at the JVLMA contemporary music festival deciBels in Latvia (2017), at the Gallery LemoArt in the centre of Berlin 2017, at the ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR .WATER. EARTH, international photography, painting, installation, video-art and performance art festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017), at the international cultural art event/exhibition V edizione La Mente Artistica. Giovani Donne Artiste a Confronto in Italy (2017, 2018, 2019), at the international art exhibition Emozioni in Mostra in Napoli, Italy (2019), at the festival Kaivos Festivaali in Finland (2019). She always likes to take part in many interesting projects and to compose different genres of music, mostly when different art genres can be combined.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Ieva Klingenberga – Actually, I have my “regeneration” period now. It’s very important for any artist to have one because in these periods the new creative ideas are borning. So, follow me on social media to be updated!
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
IK – Well, I have to be thankful that I grew up in a family where everyone loves music and art. My musical education has been gradually growing since I was a child and culminated with the accomplishment of my Master’s Degree in Composition (2012, Latvia) and my Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Composition (2019, Italy). During these studies, I have participated in various workshops, masterclasses and student exchange programs abroad. Travelling, learning new cultures and languages opened my mind even more, and therefore that was a natural process for me to find some new inspirations for my creative works.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IK – My inspiration comes from different sources like psychology, nature, art, everyday life.
LC – What is your creative process like?
IK – Well, the most important part is to think, to find a concept that satisfies my artistic desires and then comes the process of deep research.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
IK – Once the concept is done, everything is much easier but not less intensive as I have to search for the right locations, find the actors or the musicians if needed. Then, the last part of the creative process begins – video shootings, montage, post-production, music composing and mastering.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
IK – The audiovisual composition “5 elementi” (2019) was first presented at the International Art Exhibition “La Mente Artistica – Giovane donne artiste a confronto” in Rome, Italy and later at international art shows in Naples and in Finland.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IK – THE BODY LANGUAGE analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. According to the esoteric point of view, music is the beginning and the end of the universe. The audiovisual composition contains the symbols of alchemy, the concept of the five-elements theory, the philosophy of the Sufi Movement, the Arabic poetry of Kahlil Gibran and Middle Eastern and African dance movements. “Between Heaven and Earth lies man: consequently, man’s energy is influenced by this combination of Heaven and Earth energies. The same is true for all the living beings of this world” (So Wen, chapter 68). The composition has five parts: Legno (Wood), Fuoco (Fire), Terra (Earth), Metallo (Metal) and Acqua (Water). The music and the alchemy, like sacred art, have a one and only purpose: the regeneration of the human being.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
IK – I think it’s a great way to put together creative people and do something amazing for the art society. It’s like a cultural hub for creators and art lovers
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
IK – Yes, of course.