Franz Pomassl (AUT) ///
Richard Eigner (AUT) ///
Kevin Shields (USA) ///
MSHR (USA) ///
Ilpo Väisänen (FIN) ///
Billy Roisz (AUT) ///
Wed, October 12 2011, 20:00 ///
quitch, Untere Donaulände 10, Linz ///
Lawnmower, cordless screwdriver, hammer drill, varnish, brushes, rib joint pliers, soldering iron – neatly arranged. It’s DIY time! The great variety of things that can be found in construction stores animates to start experiments, to make things with one’s hand, or as it is also said: to Do It Yourself. qujOchÖ therefore invites six audio-visual artists to acquire the machinery, the equipment, the tools and the materials of a construction store and thus to generate sounds. Sounds from, of and for construction stores, free of the usual Muzak background music.
As a single performance, the artists shift the everyday meaning of the objects in a fundamental way. The objects of the construction stores re examined for their redevelopment potential and shaping properties. The inventory is transformed into sound-producing objects, into instruments, into quasi-sculptural objects and becomes the essential part of a musical performance in a stylized DIY department. In the spirit of John Cage, who wanted to make “[…] audible what is otherwise silent, […] just facilitating reception” or to speak in words from Deleuze and Guattari: “The inaudible makes itself heard and the imperceptible appears as such: no longer the songbird, but the sound molecule”. In addition to this single performance, audio-recordings from the above-mentioned performance are smuggled into local construction store as a replacement of the Muzak-music, as a subtle embedding of the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Franz Pomassl (AUT)
Franz Pomassl is an electronic sound and recording artist and DJ residing in Vienna, Austria. He is co-founder of the Austrian Laton experimental techno label. Pomassl has collaborated with a number of important artists across disciplines, including Carl Michael von Hausswolff, J. G. Thirlwell and Kodwo Eshun. He improvises using all manner of homebuilt analog electronic equipment, often inserting or connecting patch cables with parts of his body to introduce a deliberate and violent character of noise into dancefloor rhythms. In addition to being notable for absurd, violent, dadaist performances, he also creates custom instrumentation to examine the edges of human-perceptible audio and uses these tools to “elaborate and process radical moments”, such as aircraft blackbox data collected from crash sites.
Richard Eigner (AUT)
Richard Eigner is a composer, drummer, sound-artist and producer from Linz, Austria. His music crosses the borders of minimal music, jazz and electronica with a focus on the symbiotic use of acoustic elements and electronically produced and processed sounds. His main projects are Denoising and the electro-acoustic project Ritornell that released its debut-album Golden Solitude on the renowned Berlin label “Karaoke Kalk” in 2009. Performances and exhibits include the Sónar Festival, Barcelona; TodaysArt Festival, Den Haag; Lentos Art Museum Linz; RBMA, Melbourne; Copenhagen Jazz Festival; Tuned City Festival, Berlin; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz.
Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler is an experimental noise artist duo, currently residing in Portland, OR. Their sound-accompanied gestured performance is both the source and the driving force behind her conceptual sound-making. Throbbing and grinding gear distortions and angelic digital bursts slowly cancel each other out creating additives that are neither impatient nor dead. Composed using magnetic tape manipulated through film-editing machines, the movement required to create these sounds is of central importance.
MSHR is a sensory project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy based in Portland Oregon, USA. They improvise with home made electronic instruments, sculpture and movement to facilitate zones in which portals emerge. Murphy and Cooper are also founding members of the art collective Oregon Painting Society, which has created numerous interactive installations and performances including exhibitions at the Tate Modern and the Portland Biennial. In her solo work, Murphy uses video, computer generated imagery and sound collage to craft cyber tapestries embedded in web-interfaces. Cooper synthesizes experimental music using bio-electronic technology of his own design and channels burning spirit-world oceans with Portland bands The Slaves and The Greys. MSHR stares into accordian mirrors using triclopsian sleep masks as X‑ray goggles to reach back into the roots of human consciousness and forward to whatever dreams may come between our torched out organic forms and the cyber over-mind.
Ilpo Väisänen (FIN)
Together with Mika Vainio, Ilpo Väisänen was part of the finnish duo Pan Sonic, one of the most ground-breaking and innovating projects in contemporary electronic music. In a musical form in which sequencing and recording music using computers is standard, the group was known for recording everything live, straight to DAT (Digital Audio Tape) using home-made and modified synthesizers and effect units. In December 2009 their split was announced. Mika and Ilpo will continue with their own solo projects. Ilpos former releases on his own label “Kangaroo”, a sub-label of Raster-Noton, have shown clear his personal affinity to dub-music. Actually he is also playing some kind of freeform noise with a tendancy to drone with Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) in the duo “Angel”.
Billy Roisz (AUT)
Billy Roisz is one of the best-known figures on the Austrian experimental scene. Her ability to translate experimental music into visual memory images is particularly noteworthy, revealing borrowings from minimal art and conceptual art. She specializes in feedback video and video/sound interaction by using monitors, cameras, video mixingdesks, a selfbuilt videosynth, computer and turntables for video and sound generating. She has performed with Martin Siewert, Alvin Lucier, Martin Brandlmayr, Otomo Yoshihide, eRikm, Jan Machacek and many more.
(Video/Schnitt: Taife Akca/qujOchÖ)