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Nowhere to Hide

Nowhere to Hide

‘Nowhere to Hide’ is an exploration of the shadow, a journey through the darkness that we all fear. Carl Jung has massive work in this field, and we try to perceive through our art his core philosophy which says, “The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.”


In terms of musicality, this piece is about searching for a space and time beyond the traditional notions of rhythm and frequency. It also delves deep into exploring the primal connections of the body with the voice and how it can used as a responsive tool with respect to acoustic or electronic sounds. During his residency at ZKM Karlsruhe, Pratyay used the ZKM spatialisation software along with DAW Reaper to create haunting movements and spaces relating to the ever-evolving concept of the ‘shadow’. He also included two additional compositional layers with video projection and live performance to enhance and expand his exploration into the unknown.



Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz
Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz


Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz
Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz


Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz
Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, © ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, photo: Dominik Kautz

It was also performed twice in Kolkata, India a part of concert series called 'Sonicon' conceptualised by Pratyay (links below)


Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, Gallery Gold Kolkata, Photo: Diptyarka Bose
Nowhere to Hide by Pratyay Raha, Gallery Gold Kolkata, Photo: Diptyarka Bose





Violin: Saptarshi Mondal

Drums: Puranjoy Bhattacharjee

Voice: Pratyay Raha

Sounds used in the piece were recorded at two live performances in Kolkata (India) by Neloy Panchal & Susanta Adhikary


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