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