Talks on Music and the Arts
At Talks on Music and the Arts, a series of public talks and performances, the KUB will host four international artists. In conversation with
KUB Director Thomas D. Trummer, they will discuss the meaning of music, sound, and silence as well as the significance of the media in their own works and in contemporary art.
Thursday, August 09, 7 pm
PERFORMANCE! Sound artist Samson Young did a performance involving an intense eight-hour listening experience of his work Nocturne on the third floor of Kunsthaus Bregenz followed by a discussion with KUB director Thomas D. Trummer at 7 pm.
For Nocturne (first performed in 2015), Young collected video recordings of night bombings – predominately U.S. attacks on the Middle East – and edited the found footage into a six hour-long film, which plays mutely on his laptop computer. As he watches, the artist uses household objects to reproduce the sounds of explosions, gunshots and debris as accurately as possible. His »sound effects« are broadcast on-site via pirate radio frequencies.
Friday, August 10, 6 pm
Start: Kunsthaus Bregenz
Large-scale art spectacles are the forte of the Italian artist Marinella Senatore. With her perfomance project THE SCHOOL OF NARRATIVE DANCE she combines theater, dance, and protest as grand performances in public spaces – performed by local groups and people. Skater met African drummers (a group led by drummer Kofie Quarshie), jodeling met capoeira, poetry slam, breakdance and a group of young dancers of Dance Art School Dornbirn followed by a water ballet performed by a water polo club based in Bregenz. After several stops in central Bregenz the performance peaked with an aria by Finish sopranist Marjut Kuhnhenn sung on a pedal boat on the Lake Constance.
Freitag, 07. September, ab 18 Uhr
MUSIC! Anyone who attended KUB’s anniversary, in summer 2017, will remember the spectacular performance by Tarek Atoui. On September 7, the Lebanese sound artist returns with electronic sounds and a challenging physical program joined by Austrian singer-songwriter Mona Ida. Following a talk with Thomas D. Trummer at 6 pm, from 7.30 pm onwards the motto will be: dance, dance, dance!
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Thursday,December 13, 7 pm
TALK! In November, the Jordanian artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan (*1985 Amman, Jordan), who calls himself a “sound investigator”, will round out the Talks on Music and the Arts series.
Abu Hamdan's life-performance Earwitness Inventory at Kunsthaus Bregenz is prompted by his investigations into crimes that had been heard but not seen. In his interviews with earwitnesses, he has attempted to use sound effects from the libraries of the BBC and Warner Brothers to see what comparisons could be made, however, these cinematic samples were too inflexible and imprecise to unlock witnesses' acoustic memories. He has since built Earwitness Inventory, comprised of 95 custom designed and sourced objects all derived from legal cases in which sonic evidence is contested and acoustic memories need to be retrieved. A library of objects to be used specifically as mnemonic devices. These objects encompass both sounds that have been used in his interviews with earwitnesses to facilitate re-enactments of crimes, and sounds pertaining to stories in which surprising sonic analogies emerged, such as a building collapsing into a sinkhole ‘sounding like popcorn’.For this live performance Abu Hamdan builds a collective listening session that elaborates on a selection of these objects in the form of small independent and transhistorical vignettes that together represents the collection as a whole. A collection stands for a language that we do not yet speak, a language of and between objects.
The event will take place in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Hohenems, where works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan will be on view as part of the exhibition Sag Schibbolet! Von sichtbaren und unsichtbaren Grenzen until February 2019.