THE GARDEN OF ROBOTIC UNKRAUT (2022, 30 min, digital)
“It’s like a garden. It’s growing on its own. It’s like genetically modified organisms we’re working with.” –Pamelia Stickney
THE GARDEN OF ROBOTIC UNKRAUT charts the continuing adventures of Chris Janka and his collaborators. A musically and visually complex film, it documents Janka’s work designing, constructing, and orchestrating a series of robotic instruments, which are composed of motors, relays, electromagnets, and pneumatic components. THE GARDEN OF THE ROBOTIC UNKRAUT observes a recording session at the renowned ORF radio studios, in which Janka and his fellow Blueblut band members Pamelia Stickney and Mark Holub attempt to improvise alongside this mechanical, MIDI orchestra.