exhibition diagram from from www.eyebeam.org
Opening reception: May 10, 2012 6PM*
Open to the public: May 11-12, 12PM-6PM
EYEBEAM @ 540 W. 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
Within this collaboration, its participants develop and experiment with a hybrid between sound installation and live performance in Eyebeam's Main Space. Some elements happen in real-time, others are programmed or generated algorithmically. The participants engage in a process of systemic composition, which uses the space as an instrument, encouraging a “topological listening” practice. "Topological listening'" means that there is no focus on sound elements themselves, rather, sounds call attention to the potential for meaning in their relationships to each other, to the space and to the individual listeners engaging with them. A collaborative approach to creating these environments highlights complex interconnections which can hardly be reduced to a single narrative.
GILL ARNO (small sound sources as localized islets; and subjective documentation through recordings made by the audience)
WOLFGANG GIL (spectral response, custom spectrum analysis/synthesis software),
CORNELIA FREDERIKE MÜLLER (individual space, headphone sculptures),
DANIEL NEUMANN (feedback apparatus consisting of multiple microphones, filters and delays, as well as large speakers and speaker objects),
MICHAEL J. SCHUMACHER (live response, guitar/synthesizer processed through custom multi-channel sound system)
*(Opening reception is in conjunction with http://eyebeam.org/events/exhibition-wired-frames)
GILL ARNO was born in Italy, where he studied art and typography before moving to New York in 1997. His current work includes video, photography, print, sound recording and composition, installations and live performance.
In the project mpld old modified slide projectors are used in a live setting. Static images from found slides become pulsating and fade one into another, while the projectors' mechanical sounds are tapped and processed to reveal their musical possibilities.
Arnò often collaborates on- and off-stage with other artists. He publishes books, recordings and other multiples via his own imprint, unframed, and runs Fotofono, a small studio in Brooklyn where sometimes public events are held.
WOLFGANG GIL is a New York-based Venezuelan sound artist using computer-generated sound and multichannel speaker systems to facilitate the creation of sonic environments. Gil’s aesthetic emphasizes the idea of a sonic environment and its physical correlation to sound, architecture, and audience. More specifically, he is interested in the transformation of sound as a direct consequence of architecture, as well as how audience members transform the sound by their physical presence inside the sonic environment. Gil has presented work in venues such as Diapason Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), the XXI Subtropics Biennial (Miami, Fl), and the Organización Nelson Garrido (Caracas, Venezuela).
For more info please visit http://www.wolfganggil.com/
CORNELIA FREDERIKE MÜLLER
Cornelia Friederike Müller aka CFM ist bildende Künstlerin und Soundkünstlerin, sie lebt und arbeitet in Leipzig.
Nach dem Studium der Philosophie und Psychologie, wandte sie sich als DJ, Redakteurin und Veranstalterin, während ihres Medienkunststudiums, intensiv der elektronischen Musik zu.
Seit 2002 produziert sie Musik, basierend auf Samples von Feldaufnahmen und dem Spiel auf der Midi-Klaviatur, die zum einen als melodische Minimal Music charakterisiert, zum anderen am besten als experimentelle Soundscapes oder Scores bezeichnet wird.
Als Künstlerin im Bereich Konzept-Kunst, schafft sie Objekte, (Klang-)Bilder und Installationen, die häufig gewohnte Sichtweisen, Begriffe und Zusammenhänge des gesellschaftlichen Lebens hinterfragen oder auch die Poesie des Alltäglichen aufspüren.
Das Hörspiel „Die Sicherheit einer geschlossenen Fahrgastzelle“, wofür sie die Musik komponierte, erhielt 2010 den Deutschen Hörspielpreis, den Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden und den Online Award der ARD.
CFM arbeitet/e mit FZML, Hof Klang, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Heike Hennig & Co, Hörbild Verlag Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Bühnen der Stadt Gera, MDR Figaro, Theater in der Josefstadt Wien, Bless Showroom Milano und veröffentlichte DJ Mixes, Remixes und eigene Tracks bei, Doxa Records, tellerrandmusik und nowthatiam.
DANIEL NEUMANN is a Brooklyn-based sound artist and audio engineer, originally from Leipzig, Germany. In Leipzig, besides getting his degree in media art at the Academy of Visual Art, he co-organized ‘AlulaTonSerien’, a platform for sound art and electro-acoustic music that featured concerts, workshops, soundwalks, CD releases and a radio show. He also studied electronic music composition under Emanuelle Casale in Catania, Sicily.
In his artistic practice he is using conceptual and mostly collaborative strategies to explore sound and sound material and it's modulation through space and media. Pieces are developed in different formats and variations as ongoing processes, which can result in performances, installations, or radio shows amongst others. The leitmotif for these processes is the development of a poetry of the fragile, and a skepticism towards demonstrations of power. Impermanence is understood as temporal fragility. For his collaborative practice Daniel coined the term ‘modular collaboration’, which describes a non-hierarchical and decentralized form of organization, where collaborators interact as equals. Context and site are important parameters and often used as a starting point.
MICHAEL J. SCHUMACHER is a composer, performer and installation artist based in New York City.
He works predominantly with electronic and digital media, making computer generated sound environments that evolve continuously for long time periods. In their realization, Schumacher uses multiple speaker configurations that relate the sounds of the installation to the architecture of the exhibition space. Architectural and acoustical considerations thereby become basic structural elements.
Schumacher was recently the Edgard Varèse guest professor at Berlin’s Technical University. While in Europe he had exhibitions at Q02 in Brussels, The Hermitage in St. Petersburg and at Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. Recent publications include a shared LP (with Jerome Noetinger) released by Entr’acte of London and a CD, and “Weave” also on Entr’acte. XI Records has published a DVD set of five sound installations as computer applications, playable on up to eight speakers, which may be installed on a computer to create sound environments in the home. Schumacher’s latest project is the band “Else” with Timur Yusef, drums and Nisi Jacobs, bass.