Sound, image and movement mesh together through interactivity to produce sonically wild and visually striking performances. Greg Kowalski’s real-time video projections seem to be born of Andrea Pensado’s harsh sonic creations (and vice-versa), all of which come into being through the movements of the performers. This interaction, which constitutes the essential element of Qfwfq's artistic language, is achieved through the use of motion tracking systems. The simultaneity of their work makes it neither sound art, video art or performance art. With Qfwfq no one element is more preeminent than the other, rather none could exist without the other.
Qfwfq’s roots go back to Krakow, Poland where they were living and where they gave their first performance together in 1997. The same year they moved to Argentina where the duo took shape and was active mostly in Buenos Aires; they moved to the US in 2002. Currently, they perform mainly on the East coast. Qfwfq has been featured in Germany, Poland, France, Holland, Belgium and Canada.
The name Qfwfq belongs to a character in Cosmicomics by Italian writer Italo Calvino. We chose it because of its beautiful sound and visual qualities. We accept all pronunciations.
4/1/10 119 Gallery, Lowell MA.
4/24/10 Open Sound, Third Life Studio, Cambridge MA.
SOME PAST SHOWS:
2/13/10 Hansel & Gretel - Audio visual theater at Pozen center. Mass Art, Boston.
1/23/10 Mobius, Boston MA.
12/20/2009 Sun Worship III, Buoy gallery, Kittery Point, Maine
12/16/09 Novylon, Antwerp, Belgium
12/13/09 Useum, Gent, Belgium.
11/7/2009 Whitehaus Jamaica Plain
9/2009. Sonic Circuits Festival Washington DC
8/21/2009 Frantasia Festival Livermore Falls, Maine.
5/2/2009. Dead Video/Live Video. Boston Cyberarts Festival. Mass College of Art, Boston MA.
4/29/2009. Montague Phantom Brain Exchange at Rendezvous, Turner Falls MA.
2/27/2009 XFest at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA.
2/21/2009. Open Sound series at Third Life Studio, Cambridge MA.
2/13/2009 Visual Noise Show at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
10/11/2008 Festival des Musiques Insolentes, Barjols, France.
9/19/2008 Warsaw Autumn Festival. Performance at the National Philharmonic. Warsaw, Poland.
Frantasia Festival of Out Music and Art, Livermore Falls, ME. August 2008
Electric Eclectics Sound Art and Media Festival, Meaford Ontario, August 3, 2008
OPEN SOUND, Sommerville MA, May 31 2008
CONTAMINATE 3, Boston MA, April 4 2008.
FESTIVAL MOZGU 2007, Bydgoszcz Poland, November 23 2007.
AUDIO ART FESTIVAL 2007, Krakow Poland, November 18 2007.
Collaborative piece with Inter Alia, at Dance Complex Cambridge MA, November 10-11 2007
Gloucester New Arts Festival 2007, Gloucester MA, August 20 - 26 2007
New Interfaces for Musical Expression - NIME 2007 - New York, June 10 2007
Nom d'Artiste, Boston MA, March 11 2007
Monastery Artists Collective, Manchester NH, Feb 10 2007
119 Gallery, Lowell Mass, April 2006
Open Sound, Sommerville Mass, Feb 2006
119 Gallery, Lowell Mass, Sept 2005
UBU Gallery, Portland Maine, May 2005
Podewil, Berlin Germany, Oct 2004
The Spiderhole, Cambridge Mass, Jan 2004
The Piano Factory, Boston Mass, Sept 13 2003
Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires Argentina, Apr 5 2002
SURCOS Foundation, Buenos Aires Argentina, Dec 8 2001
IMPA la fabrica Cultural, Buenos Aires Argentina, Aug 3 2001
San Martin Theater, Buenos Aires Argentina, Nov 21 2000
Buenos Aires Museum of Fine Arts, Sept 16 and 13 2000
Rojas Cultural Center, Buenos Aires Argentina Nov 18 1999
Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires Argentina, Aug 6 1999
Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires Argentina, Dec 26 1997