The resulting soundscapes were published as a limited edition music cassette, Dortmund Demo Tape. Drawings developed from the soundscapes were used as graphical scores that were performed by musicians at presentations in Germany as well as being re-worked into a colourful, highly gestural, limited edition print series.
The transformation of sound to image and back from image to sound is an integral element of Ebner’s work. Likewise, sound and the city have always played an important role. The public sound art project (The Beatles) in Hamburg(2011-12), dealt with a particular part of the history of pop music in relation to a city.Dortmund Demo Tapeexamines the sounds of the everyday activity on public squares, in shopping centres or in soup kitchens. The drawings capture certain tunes incidentally recorded, such as when children were recorded playing football. Traditional music notation is merged with graphical elements that focus on dynamics and movement.
Jorn Ebner was born in Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1966 and lives in Berlin, Germany. He attended Universität Hamburg, Germany (1990-95), Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy (1997) and Central St Martins College of Art, London (1995-98). Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Gorilla-Gardening von Jorn Ebner’, Berlin im Merkurgarten, Zürich, (2016), ‘Death Dwarf in Paradise’, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014), ‘Mobiles Aktionsfeld’ (Mobile Action Area), the Marzahner Promenade, Berlin, ‘(Landschaften) Digitarialien’, Mastul, Berlin (2012), and ‘The Beatles in Hamburg’, public space sound project, Behörde für Kultur und Medien, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Hamburg (2011). Recent group exhibitions include ‘10 Jahre’, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin, ‘Vicennial’, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, ‘Artists’ Books for Everything’, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Weserburg, Bremen (2017), ‘nekton II’, Laura Mars, Berlin, ‘Off the Map’, ArtHelix, New York (2016), ‘Cranach 2.0’, Exerzierhalle Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Wittenberg (2015), ‘Hello Goodbye’, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin (2014).