March 2004 at 7pm, Opening party
HQ, Torstraße 161, Berlin Mitte
In collaboration with the Hamburger Bahnhof
Somewhere between the digital and the analogue, there exists this space in which you're not quite sure where to place a sound. These sounds may be familiar and comforting, sometimes popular, somewhat avant-garde. There is no denial here: you would have liked to keep the track and listen to it on a rare occasion.
The exhibition-event FRISCHESPORES&MOLEKULES expresses the urbanite's experience with sound, music, and image in the city. A mix of these three produces a set of sensations that can be either extremely banal or deeply touching. But, of course, either/or is not the issue at hand here...
There has been a great deal of debate over the past few years as to whether music is related to the visual arts. For us, it is not a crucial question if relations between the two exist, but rather how these relationships can be formulated and explored, utilizing sound and music as materials.
The artists presented in this exhibition come from different environments, each with different sonic qualities: Daniel Kluge is based in Munich; Tom Spikke works between London and Masse; while Egill Sæbjörnsson shuffles between Reykavik and Berlin.
Daniel Kluge presents "pictopussy," an interactive video band, which allows the audience to trigger their own combination of musicians and to create their own music. The source material consists of recordings by musicians from around the world, each either singing, speaking, or playing an instrument of his/her choice. The sounds relate to the worlds of pop, folk, glitch, techno, and contemporary music. The resulting performance, at the Hamburger Bahnhof, combines vocal and instrumental fragments from anywhere and everywhere, found video-sounds and field filming, mixed with the rendering of acoustic instruments. The band is made up of: Bernd Ulbrich (bass), Edouard Stork (synthesizer, guitar, violin), Stephan Schüttler (drums), Daniel Kluge (guitar, vocals, video), and Christian Ganzer (video).
"299.57," presented by Tom Spikke, is charmingly analogue. Spikke set his iTunes collection to randomize and recorded the tracks on an extended LP4 mini disc. He will present this mini disc sample and a graphic poster with information on these songs that his personal home computer randomly selected one fine evening.
Egill Sæbjörnsson has lived in Berlin for the past 6 years. In the year 2000, he released his second album (the first was self-released in 1999) on the Icelandic label BadTaste (Sugarcubes, Bjork, Sigurros, Mum, Minus) and on the London-based label SomeBizarre (Soft Cell, Marc Almond, Einstuerzende Neubeuten, The The). Following the release of "Tonk of the lawn" in 2000, his videos got quite good playrate both on MTV Europe and on VIVA, particularly because of their originality and sense of humour. Charlotte at Fast Forward VIVA named Sæbjörnsson the king of Iceland and played his videos numerous times. Nevertheless, Egill has chosen to keep away from the music business and continues to operate within the art field; he does not see himself as a musician. In FRISCHESPORES&MOLEKULES, he presents three music videos: two of which are from his albums, and one new video that demonstrates a fresh, experimental, and wholly artistic approach to how music videos can be made.