Deconceptual Voicings: Sound Performance

11 Sep 2019

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Wed, 11 Sep
19:00 – 21:00

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Mercedes-Benz Contemporary

Berlin, Germany


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  • Varian-Fry-Str.: 200, 347
  • S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: S1, S2, S25; U2
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The presentation of the project consists of a performance of musical compositions from interviews with conceptual artists.


The presentation of the project consists of a performance of musical compositions from interviews with conceptual artists – from rather short tracks like »The West thinks you imitate« with the voice of Shilpa Gupta to minimal pieces like »Using, subverting and utilizing conventions« with the voice of Yvonne Rainer.

This is a tribute to all the artists involved: Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Andrea Fraser, Yvonne Rainer, Shilpa Gupta, Art & Language, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt.

In the communication for this project Martha Rosler stated in a mail: »I have to remark that conceptual art seems dead and buried in the US, for the moment at least. It is invisible because it is not presently seen as compatible with what might be called identitarianism in art as a reigning idea and urgent task. As Chris Marker long ago observed, most people find it difficult to have more than one idea in their heads at a time—and of course, institutions even more so.« – Good ideas should be amplified.

The documentation of the project will be released as a vinyl LP by Slimvolume and Mount Analogue.Supported by Musikfonds e. V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media

Marc Matter (Bad Säckingen):

Researching artist and lecturer, founding member of the artist group Institut für Feinmotorik (Institute for Fine Motorics). Regular performances in sound art, experimental music and club music since 1994. Independent curator (Salon des Amateurs 2004- 2012, QO2 Sound Art Space Brussels 2018); co-founder of the cOsmOsmOse Festival (2014) and the eponymous edition, together with Swantje 

Lichtenstein. He has been conducting artistic research (Beinecke Library, Yale University), for a number of years, writing texts, solo performances in the field of sound arts and acoustic language art, and commissioned works for radio (SWR, WDR, DLR Kultur).

Stefan Römer (Berlin)

is a de-conceptual artist; current performances in the field of sound art: CTM Berlin 2018, Uncertain Sounds-Festival Galerie Weißer Elefant, Berlin 2018; sound carrier: "die erweiterung des alphabets" (" expanding the alphabet"), 8", 1987; band project: Stan Back & The Noise Glam since 2008: Stan Back, The Ups and Downs of a Hermeneutical Transvestite, CD, 2011; Stan Back & The Noise Glam, nervous politics, 2015; also: Conceptual Paradise, Essayfilm 2006; Prize for Art Criticism of the ADKV in 2000; since 1999 teaching activities, as professor for New Media and Creative Writing; publication of theoretical writings and artist books; initiator of the artist activist group FrischmacherInnen, Cologne 1992-2000.

Please register by email at Maria.Radke@Daimler.com

Because the number of participants is limited, the date of receipt determines eligibility. Participation is free.

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Marc Matter

Stefan Römer

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