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
31.03.2014: Editions Mego is proud to release Articulação, the latest work by Florian Hecker. Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge. In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legendary artist Joan La Barbara as its main voice and is delivered in microtonal ly converging pitches with sparse sample accurate time lags, shifts and twists. The repolarizing phrasings of Hinge recall Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives. Here the listener may construct a hinge, a pendulation between the right and the left obelisks; embarking upon navigation and synthesis while tracing the chimeras of nature and culture. In apparent contrast, Hinge** engages the disparate modalities of its sources, complicating any assimilation of their respective traits. With an insight on the complexities of Hecker’s chimerized pieces, Robin Mackay summarizes: According to psychoacoustical research, the brain functions that serve to identify the ‘what’ and the ‘where’ of a sound operate upon different timescales, a finding Hecker exploits to produce sequences in which the fine time structure of one voice is sheathed in the amplitude envelope of another, producing an entity that remains recognizable as a voice while being spatially delocalized and semantically scrambled, and which the listener must reconstruct as a unified yet impossible synthetic creature - a chimera. Between these pieces, Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...), reveals, in a structural and formal manner, the synthetic means of modulation and topological transformation that appear in disguise in Hinge**. In a sequence of short episodes and chronics Modulator celebrates the notion of sound as an Immaterial. Its syntheticness and modern generation occurring as a bottom up and top down process across different scales, exciting the human minds hallucination of objects on the basis of auditory cues, without obvious compounding of a narrative progression. Articulação is an isolated masterpiece of text, sound and synthesis. Track Listing: 1. Hinge* 2. Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...) 3. Hinge** Total Running Time: 79 min 30 sec * Voice: Joan La Barbara; recorded at the Hearing Science Laboratory, City University of New York, New York, NY ** Voices: Sugata Bose, Anna Kohler; recorded at the Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Articulação has been mastered by Rashad Becker and its cover design and the including 12 page booklet has been designed by NORM, Zurich. (press release) order herehttp://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO-180
23.03.2014: Performance as part of The music of Bernard Parmegiani, the UK's first major retrospective of the legendary French electro-acoustic composer. Alongside his acclaimed acousmatic pieces such as La Création du Monde and Dedans dehors, the three-day series featured guest performances from artists touched by Parmegiani's broad influence, including Florian Hecker, Rashad Becker, and Vessel. Britannia House 68-80 Hanbury Street Spitafields E1 5JL more here
09.11.2013 & 10.11.2013: C.D. A Script for 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, C.D. A Script for 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 CAL 64 Column Array Loudspeaker System by Meyer Sound, textiles in collaboration with Kvadrat and a chorus with vocal design by Joan La Barbara and a synthetic paper booklet designed by NORM, Zurich.
C.D. – (A Script for Synthesis) is a Performa Commission. Co-presented by Performa and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; with the support of Sadie Coles HQ, London; Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen; IFF; Kvadrat and Meyer Sound.
November 9, 2013; 7:30 pm
November 10, 2013; 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
10.08.2013 - 03.11.2013: Affordance (2013), a three channel synthetic piece is part of Soundings: A Contemporary Score, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019-5497 more info
04.07.2013: A second iteration of 'No night No day', originally commissioned by TBA21 on occasion of the 53rd Venice Biennial is part of Cerith Wyn Evans’s exhibition 'The What If?... Scenario (after LG).' Photography: Jens Ziehe
16.05.2013: Chimerizations, Book Launch & Installation Artists Space : Books & Talks Thursday, May 16, 7pm Artists Space : Books & Talks 55 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013 Free Event Limited Capacity, entrance on a first-come, first-served basis more information: http://artistsspace.org/programs/chimerizations/
07.04.2013: Chimerizations feature a radically new form of documentation of Florian Hecker’s sound works that dramatize the phenomenon of Auditory Chimaeras.
The publication presents the documentation of Hecker’s recent sound pieces (“Magnitude Estimation,” 2010; “Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera,” 2011; “Bregman/Deutsch Chimera,” 2011; “Chimerization (MIT Project),” 2011 “Chimerization” 2012; and “Hinge,” 2012); The images, installation-reference and productions stills, have been altered by Hecker using a Sift Flow Algorithm. The result is varied and idiosyncratic, with the same image undergoing multiple translations, effectively creating a visual parallel to the chimeric phenomenon produced in the sound works they document.
Included within this selection are the two texts that the philosopher Reza Negarestani has contributed to “Chimerization” and “Hinge”.The libretto Negarestani produced for “Chimerization (MIT Project)” and “Chimerization,” is set in a partly legible, decomposed and restructured typography programmed by Ben M. Jordan in 2 × 99 different fonts. A detailed typographic specimen of the macro and microstructure of this special typographic transformation is featured as well.
Chimerizations is introduced with essays by Stefan Helmreich and Catherine Wood and has been designed by NORM, Zurich.
6 x 9 inches
474 color illustrations, 30 black / white illustrations Published by Primary Information, New York order here
27.11.2012: Editions Mego is happy to announce the release of 'Chimerization', three vinyl editions of a text - sound piece Hecker produced on the occasion of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. For 'Chimerization' Hecker invited the Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani, to contribute an experimental libretto, “The Snake, the Goat and the Ladder (A board game for playing chimera)” a script that has been recited by a group of speakers and recorded by Hecker in anechoic and sound-attenuated chambers - rooms designed to minimize the reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves. Hecker characterizes ‘Chimerization’ as a concept derived from psychoacoustic investigations on difficult-to-define areas between language and non-language, a process focusing on the decomposition of sound and synthesizing incompatible modalities, surpassing their respective particularities without fusing them, in order to obtain a narration beyond immediate comprehension, which may be deciphered through repeated, ‘active’ listening. 'Chimerization' is released in the following languages - English (eMEGO 153), German (eMEGO 154), the mother tongue of the artist and Farsi (eMEGO 155), the orginal language of the writer. German voices: Andreas Huyssen, Anna Kohler, Guerino Mazzola Farsi voices: Arash Afraz, Maryam Vaziri Pashkam, Mahsa Rouhi English voices: Gabriel Catren, Sugata Bose, Joan Jonas All voices recorded by Florian Hecker at the Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, except: Andreas Huyssen recorded at Hearing Science Laboratory, City University of New York; Guerino Mazzola recorded at Orfield Labs, Minneapolis. Gabriel Catren recorded by Olivier Pasquet at IRCAM, Paris. The three vinyl editions of 'Chimerization' have been designed by NORM, Zurich and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. (press release) http://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO+154 http://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO+153 http://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO+155
27.10.2012: 3 Channel Chronics and a Japanese translation of Speculative Solution are featured in the exhibition Tokyo Art Meeting (III), Art & Music—Search for New Synesthesia, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
download a PDF of the Japanese translation of Speculative Solution here
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Exhibition Gallery B2F, 1F