16 March 2017: A series of projections is presented, accompanied by clinical observations. Next. Replicate non-trivial traits. Next. Andquestionmark presents the new work “Inspection II” by acclaimed composer and sound experimentalist Florian Hecker. Next. Hecker’s pluriphonic composition uses computer-generated sound and a synthetic voice. Next. Mackay libretto. Next. Original sound material is algorithmically reconstructed, the specificity of the timbre explored and reprocessed. Next. If the materiality of a sound changes, is it still the same? If the cells of your body change, are you still the same? Next. The title “Inspection II” refers to the attempt to look inside introspectively, while acknowledging that by watching something, we change it. If we cannot capture anything in a definite way, what’s the minimum you need to understand? Next. Listening is a constructive act, and as listener you are part of the creation of the sonic fabric. Next. Hecker’s work is unsaturated. Starting out as a dialogical machine-machine interplay, the sound disintegrates from recognisable speech to more and more abstract sounds masking each other, concluding in noise absent of a signal. Nex… (press text) Andquestionmark Stefanie Hessler & Carsten Höller Roslagsgatan 60 11354 Stockholm Sweden more information here
24 February 2017: Editions Mego releases A Script for Machine Synthesis - CD and digital download. "The latest work from Florian Hecker A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experimental auditory drama and a model of abstraction. A Script for Machine Synthesis presents a complex simplicity that spirals in an unending manner as an audio image of the uncanny valley. It is the third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has collaborated with the philosopher Reza Negarestani. A resynthesized voice outlines procedure as procedure itself unfolds.The suggestive encounter with a pink ice cube is a conceptual point of departure for a scene in which linguistic chimeras of descriptors are materialized through synthetic trophies, mental props and auditory objects.Hecker presents a synthesis of the gap in the valley which we almost know. The motifs Hecker has staged in the last decade, the text, the sound, the scent, the obelisk, the demon, the self, the other all appear throughout in a thorough, rigid and formal exploration.Exeunt all human actors, A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness back into synthetic thought." (press release)
24 February 2017: "Editions Mego is proud to release Articulação Sintetico - a complete resynthesis of Hecker’s 2014 Editions Mego album Articulação. A meticulous reconstruction and transfer of qualities, Articulação Sintetico features synthetic voice models of Joan La Barbara, Sugata Bose and Anna Kohler, a DBM sparse replica of non speech content and a scattering transform of Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...). Uncanny Valley 2.0. 1. Synthetic Hinge ✳ (23:21) 2. Modulator (Scattering Transform) + (29:08) 3. Synthetic Hinge ✳✳ (23:54) Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2014 - 2017. Text “Nature, its man and his goat (Enigmata of natural and cultural chimeras)” by Reza Negarestani. Auditory Chimera Software by Bertrand Delgutte with Jayaganesh Swaminathan ✳✳; Pointillistic Speech Toolkit by Gerald Kidd, Timothy Streeter, Antje Ihlefeld, Ross Maddox and Christine Mason ✳/✳✳; Asymmetric Sample Replacement Algorithm by Tommi Keränen ✳; Synthetic Voices designed by Rob Clark* Christophe Veaux ✳✳, Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh; DBM Sparse Decomposition Algorithm by Bob Sturm ✳✳; Scattering Transform Algorithm by Vincent Lostanlen +. Graphic Design: NORM, Zurich" (press release) order here
28 February 2017: A Script for Machine Synthesis / Articulação Sintetico release party • TTS002 live: HECKER, JUNG AN TAGEN, dj inou ki endo rhiz - bar modern U-Bahnbogen 37 1080 Vienna http://rhiz.org/
12 December 2016: Formulations is a trans-disciplinary collection of responses to the work of Florian Hecker, published to complement his major solo show at Culturgest, Porto, Portugal, September–December 2015 and MMK, Frankfurt, Nov 2016–Feb 2017. The exhibition brings together works by Hecker from 2006–present. Both abstract and material, Hecker’s approach to his works is informed by the technical manipulation of sound and, increasingly, other media; yet in their realisation as installation or performance, the works produce rich subjective sensory experiences that evade categorisation. Their computational composition makes the works ‘virtual’ in a certain sense, yet experience of their manifestation is profoundly material, even physical. The works propose new experimental forms yet contain references to histories of conceptual art, minimalism, and performance. Viscerally disturbing, high-volume performances can be the product of austere conceptualisations. All of these qualities prevent the works from being exhaustively described by any one disciplinary approach.The book meshes together a number of different approaches to the work and to its significance for contemporary culture. Contributions by Éric Alliez, Ina Blom, François J. Bonnet, Gabriel Catren, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christopher Haworth, Robin Mackay, Sarat Maharaj, Reza Negarestani, Michael Newman and Fernando Zalamea address the work along three major conceptual axes of Synthesis, Perspective, and Hallucination. Editor Robin Mackay (Urbanomic, UK, editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development) together with designers NORM (Zurich) have developed a unique editorial and typographic model which responds formally to the content matter. The contributions will be arranged according to an experimental process of ‘interpolation’, with fragmentary anticipations and echoes distributing each text across the entire volume, relaying some of the synthetic processes of Hecker’s work and making the whole more than the sum of its parts: a many-voiced chimera and a series of ‘refrains’ or ‘repetitions’.
While the authors’ contributions come from various perspectives and with different concerns, parts of each text will be typographically ‘glued’ into the others, highlighting continuities across the texts and encouraging the reader to piece together a global view of the conceptual space opened up by Hecker’s work—in the same way as, in the work itself, the audience is compelled to piece together fragmented perceptions, cognitively participating in the very production of the work. This formal innovation will also be echoed in the format, with the texts wrappring around or looping from last to first page, making for a book with no formal beginning or end, in which heterogeneous materials and divergent perspectives circulate and, with the participation of the reader, enter into new synthetic dialogues with one other. more information here and here
3 December 2016: A special live edition of BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now in Maida Vale Studio 3 featuring "Inspection - Maida Vale Project", a major new electroacoustic work for multi-channel surround sound. Hecker’s work has been commissioned for Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating 70 years of pioneering sound since the founding of the Third Programme. In partnership with BBC Research and Development, it will be broadcast in live binaural sound. ** Please note this is a standing audience ** Admission to this recording is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early. BBC iPlayer link and more information here
16.06.2016: In conversation with Christian Egger, Florian Hecker will recapitulate his exhibition “Florian Hecker / John McCracken” at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien back in 2015, and present the accompanying publication Florian Hecker / John McCracken, which will be released by Sternberg Press in Berlin. Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien Burgring 2 8010 Graz Austria more information here
21 April 2016: Xing presents at Live Arts Week/Gianni Peng V Florian Hecker ChimerizationModulatorSynthetic Hinge Thursday 21 April 2016 - 9:00 PM MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna www.liveartsweek.it www.xing.it
During the last days of the exhibition UniAddDumThs by Mark Leckey, Kunsthalle Basel, HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) and the Berlin based label PAN celebrate the release of the der LP Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera. The event starts at 5 pm at Kunsthalle Basel with a talk, followed by a small reception with food, drinks and sounds. At 9 pm Florian Hecker will perform live at HeK, supported by a live-set of Bill Kouligas (PAN).
30.03.2015: Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera 12" vinyl and digital download released on PAN. "In 2010, acclaimed German sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey came together for the first time. Their combined Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera—a mutant configuration of two genetically discrete solo works—was originally presented as part of a two-day performance event at the Tate Modern called Push and Pull, and arrives as PAN’s inaugural offering of 2015. Both artists, as the art historian Alex Kitnick notes in his text accompanying the release, have a demonstrated interest in sound and its material effects; Hecker’s acute, algorithmic computer music is noted for impacting the very molecular infrastructure of its listeners, while Leckey’s work across performance, sculpture, and installation takes up transcendence and the occupation (or animation) of new bodies and modes of being. In Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey’s 2010 performance piece “GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction” (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and his own “3 Channel Chronics” installation from that same year, where distinct sounds from three speakers telescoping down from the ceiling were combined and altered by visitors’ movements. The result- ing work—like that three-headed beast of Greek mythology—is a multivalent, tri-part hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey’s narrative intersperse Hecker’s synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns. On the PAN release itself, channel 1 from Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera corresponds with side A and channel 2 with side B; channel 3 is available as a monophonic mp3 download." (press release) more info here
26.02 & 28.02 & 01.03.2015: A Script for Machine Synthesis, Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Sonic Acts Festival 2015 A Script for Machine Synthesis is a sound piece, an experimental drama, a model of abstraction recalling Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives and neo-imagist poetry. It is the climactic third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has collaborated with the writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani (Chimerization, documenta 13 and Hinge, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; both 2012). The suggestive encounter with a pink ice cube is a conceptual point of departure for a scene in which linguistic chimeras of smell/sound descriptions are materialized through synthetic trophies, auditory objects, and theatrical props. Exeunt all human actors, A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness back into synthetic thought, featuring main vocals by Charlotte Rampling, a perfume created by Frédéric Malle, Editions de Parfums and Carlos Benaïm, IFF, a synthetic voice designed by Rob Clark and the Center for Speech Research Technology, University of Edinburgh, a CAL 64 Column Array Loudspeaker System by Meyer Sound, and a synthetic paper booklet designed by NORM, Zurich. A Script for Machine Synthesis is a Sonic Acts Commission. Co-presented by Sonic Acts and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam with the support of Sadie Coles HQ, London; Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle; Galerie Neu, Berlin; and Meyer Sound. 26 February 19:30 & 21:00 28 February 16:00 01 March 16:00
more information here, and: http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/calendar/performances/71930
31.01.2015 - 05.03.2015: Florian Hecker / John McCracken 26.02.2015 19:00 pm Lecture "The Hallucinating Ear" by Robin Mackay (Cornwall) Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien Burgring 2 8010 Graz Austria more information here
16.01.2015 - 14.02.2015: Chimerization and Hinge at Midway Contemporary Art as part of Exploring Compositional Epistemologies Midway Contemporary Art 527 Second Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414 USA Please note special gallery hours Wednesday – Friday: 4pm – 9pm / Saturday: 11am – 6pm more information here