deconceptual voicings

sound performance and talk
by Marc Matter & Stefan Römer

Sept. 11. 2019, 19:00 Uhr at Daimler Contemporary, Haus Huth, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

music from interviews with conceptual artists

The presentation of the project consists of eight musical compositions from interviews with conceptual artists – with an introduction and a talk by the artists Marc Matter and Stefan Römer.

Excerpts from interviews of the following artists Martha Rosler, Art & Language, Andrea Fraser, Ed Ruscha, Shilpa Gupta, Yvonne Rainer, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner will be cut up and sampled to play become sound pieces with fundamental different characters reflecting the individual positions and approaches of the featured artists. From short rhythmical tracks like »The West Thinks You Imitate (Shilpa Gupta)« to minimal repetitive compositions like »Using, Subverting And Utilizing Conventions« (Yvonne Rainer).

In the communication for this project Martha Rosler stated in a mail: »I have to remark that conceptual art seems dead and buried in the US, for the moment at least. It is invisible because it is not presently seen as compatible with what might be called identitarianism in art as a reigning idea and urgent task. As Chris Marker long ago observed, most people find it difficult to have more than one idea in their heads at a time—and of course, institutions even more so.«

We search for a renewal of conceptual approaches in the contemporary.

The LP with the cover motive „SCREAM“ 1964 by Ed Ruscha will be available. Official release Nov. 15th by Mount Analogue and Slimvolume.

Gefördert vom Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien