Commonly Hamburg based artists Malte Struck and Mark Wehrmann deal with the subjects sound, space and death. In their Death Metal Performances the artists revert to subcultures of Pop-Music as well as to art historical motives like Living Sculpture and Orgien Mysterien Theater. While society supersedes the transcience of our existence, they go straight into it and blast everything in their way. They are recent monsters, executioners of an obsolete, doomed species.
James Clarkson, Pedro Wirz/ Sara Vidas, Ninakarlin Prinz, Christian Freudenberger, Marcel Hiller
Concert with works by Lejet, Sciarrino, Hurel and premiere of Niklaus Erismann's setting of Jürg Halter’s poem “Weltfreie Zeit”, staging by Sam Graf
Two presentations: 16 June 2010, 5.30 pm & 8.30 pm
Niklaus Erismann’s music to the poem “Weltfreie Zeit” by Jürg Halter is a kind of complementary music that transforms the poetic imagery into sounds and comments on them, causing the (sung) words to reverberate.
Edith Lejet’s “La voix of voiles”, composed in 1989, was inspired by a poem by Pierre Reverdy. The piece was commissioned by the “Festival de Sable” on the occasion of Reverdy’s 100th birthday.The following notation appears at the beginning of the piece: “quasi parlando: comme la voix de quelqu’un qui marmonne pour lui-même de façon obsessionnelle” : out of these sounds the piece develops freely, in chromatic lines, broken here and there by brute chord clusters.
Philippe Hurel writes about his work “Loops 2”: “In this Loops, I have added an extra level to the principle of looping. The piece is so constructed that the process of cell trans-formation always brings you back to the motif announced at the outset. Although the music may seem to be undergoing perpetual transformation because of the morphing process, the listener will nevertheless feel it is going round in circles, since each long procedure brings you back to the starting point, like thelittle local loops that you can hear throughout the piece.”
“L ‘Addio a Trachis II” was adapted in 1987 by Maurizio Pisati for solo guitar. In this composition Salvatore Sciarrino leaves the fully self-contained, highly virtuosic world characteristic of his solo pieces, in favor of a non-polarized world that is not contradictory but complementary – one that allows movement.
After the many flickering ornaments (pulled into the vortex by an astonishing, breathless tempo), we hear a mysterious, floating star-melody counter- pointed by a short, noisy sign of a light, festive frenzy.
Talk on Audio Art and New Media, with Ulrich Loock, Jean-Robert Saintil, Nina Zschocke, Markus Maeder, Sam Graf
Ulrich Loock Curator; currently Assistant Director of the Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal; lecturer in Contemporary Arts Practice at Hochschule der Künste Bern (Bern University of the Arts).
Jean-Robert Saintil Founder/curator of Grok Institute, the nomadic Digital Art, Light, and Sound event that works on the basis of critical engagement in Digital Art.; Editor for Vs Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and others.
Markus Maeder Artist; co-founder of the music label Domizil; editor/producer for the Swiss radio station DRS; curator at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology.
Sam Graf Artist; currently showing his work at Van Horbourg in Basel.
Moderator: Nina Zschocke Scientific coordinator of the graduate program ProDoc Art&Science (SNF) at five Swiss Universities. Research areas: Modern and contemporary art, art and perception, aesthetic theory, new media art, problems of interdisciplinarity: art history and neurobiology.