GOETHE INSTITUTE NEW YORK, IN COLLABORATION WITH STOREFRONT FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE, PRESENTS
20 092 305 Hz
AN AUDIO-VISUAL PERFORMANCE BY CARSTEN NICOLAI, CM VON HAUSSWOLFF AND BYTONE
FREE ENTRANCE – REFRESHMENTS SERVED
SATURDAY, MAY 23, 8pm
Goethe-Institut New York, Wyoming Building
5 E 3rd St (at Bowery)
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212 439 8700
Closest Subway: 6 at Bleecker Street
Berlin-based sound artist Carsten Nicolaiâ€”a.k.a. alva.notoâ€”has established himself as a leading
figure in the realm of electronic sound and visual design, using art and music as tools to create
a microscopic view of the creative process. Nicolai has performed and created installations in many of the worldâ€žs most prestigious venues including The Guggenheim, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, NTT Tokyo, and the Venice Biennale, and is a featured artist on the Raster-Noton label.
Nicolai, whose work has been referred to as â€œposthuman funk,â€ plays freely with the rules of tonal physicality. Using looping oscillators, tone generators, and modem sounds, he heightens the time and space aspects of tones so that pure electricity actually becomes audible. Clicks and glitches are not used as ornamental additions to his compositions; rather, they constitute essential
elements. These sound sources are then applied to the rhythmic groove of Hip-Hop and R&B,
producing an utterly unique sound. Nicolai ignores the limits between genres and brings experimentalism one step closer to the clubs. As the New York Times said, Carsten Nicolai â€œmakes you think about the future of music.â€
Olaf Bender (born 1968, Germany) began experimental film work on 16mm movie equipment whilst still in school. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 his experiences working with a music distributor led to the idea of publishing his own musical projects. As well as producing his own music he manages the Raster-Noton label which he founded in 1999.
Bender creates his music digitally. Abstract animations support the abstract pieces of music – in this way the rhythm of the music is transformed into a graphic equivalent. By using the computer Bender controls the animations in realtime; in combination with sound processing this enables him to interact with his audio-visual material live on stage.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff (1956, Sweden) is an artist and musician living and working in Stockholm. Since the end of the 1970s, Hausswolff has worked as a composer using the tape recorder as his main instrument and as a conceptual visual artist working with performance art, light- and sound installations and photography. He is also one of the two kings of The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, an ongoing conceptual artwork initiated in 1993 with Leif Elggren. The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland was established as a new country on the international stage; its territories are constituted of all border areas between every country, all No Mans Land, all mental territories
such as the hypnagogue dream state and all digital areas on the Internet.