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Kubisch, Christina

Italienische Stucke/Italian Pieces (1974-1984)

Kubisch, Christina: Italienische Stucke/Italian Pieces (1974-1984) (Tochnit Aleph)

A conceptual performance piece from Christina Kubisch, composed and recorded between 1974-84 while in Italy, including a NY performance recorded by Phill Niblock, realized with Arturo Morfino on drums, guitar & objects and Fabrizio Plessi gargling water; an unusual, engrossing and excursive work integrating electronics, field recordings, wind instruments and voice.

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Six-panel, DVD-sized digipak, illustrated with archival photos of Kubisch with extensive program-notes in English. Edition of 300.

UPC: 769791976276

Label: Tochnit Aleph
Catalog ID: TA 158CD
Squidco Product Code: 28659

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Germany
Packaging: DVD in a cardstock 3-page foldover
Track 1 recorded live at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, in New York, in 1976, by Phill Niblock.

Track 2 recorded live at festival Pro Musica Nova, at Radio Bremen, in Germany, 1976.

Track 3 realized at Studio RDS, in Milan Costante.

Collection realized at Studio RAI, in Naples, Italy.


Christina Kubisch-voice, flute, slide whistle, conch, objects, field recordings, custom made electronics, radio signals and electromagnetic objects

Arturo Morfino-voice, drums, guitar, objects

Fabrizio Plessi-water gargling, voice

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Artist Biographies:

"Christina Kubisch was born in Bremen in 1948. She studied painting, music and electronics in Hamburg, Graz, Zürich and Milano, where she graduated. Performances, concerts and works with video in the seventies, subsequently sound installations, sound sculptures and work with ultraviolet light. Her compositions are mostly electroacoustic, but she has written for ensembles as well. Since 2003 she works again as a perfomer and collaborates with various musicians and dancers.

Numerous grants and awards, such as the Award of the German Industrial Association (BDI) 1998, composition grant of the city of Berlin 2000, Carl Djerassi Honorary Fellowship, USA 2000, artist-in-residence IASPIS, Stockholm 2002, Honorary prize of the German Sound Art Prize 2008, City sound artist Bonn, 2013.

Since 1974 solo exhibitions in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South America. Numerous participations in international festivals and group exhibitions such as: Pro Musica Nova, Bremen 1976 and 1980, Für Augen und Ohren, Berlin 1980, Biennale of Venice 1980 and 1982, documenta 8, Kassel 1987, Ars Electronica, Linz 1987 and 2010, Steirischer Herbst, Graz 1987, Biennale of Sydney 1990, Biennale of Nagoya 1991, Donaueschinger Musiktage 1993 and 1997, Sonambiente, Berlin 1996 and 2006, Klangkunstforum Parkkolonnaden, Berlin 1999, Sonic Boom, London 2000, Visual Sound, Pittsburgh 2001, Singuhr Hörgalerie, Berlin 2002, Activating the Medium, San Francisco 2003, sounding spaces, Tokyo 2003, Resonances - The Electromagnetic Bodies Project, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2005, Her Noise, London 2005, B!AS International Sound Art Exhibition, Taipei 2005, Stockholm New Music 2006, Invisible Geographies: Sound Art from Germany, New York 2006, Sharjah Biennial 2007, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007, Soni(c)loud, Mexico City 2008, RUHR2010, European Capital of Culture project, Ruhr area 2010, Salon Urbain de Douala, Cameroon

2010, gateways, Art and Networked Culture, Tallinn 2011, White Walls Have Ears, Hong Kong 2012, Sound Art. Klang als Medium der Kunst, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2012, bonnhoeren, Beethovenstiftung Bonn, 2013, festival NOW, Essen 2014, blurred edges festival, Hamburg, 2015.

Her music has been released with various labels such as Cramps Records, Edition RZ, ampersand, semishigure, Die Schachtel, Olof Bright, AA Records.

Christina Kubisch has been a visiting professor in Maastricht, Paris and Berlin. She has been a professor for sound art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany, from 1994 to 2013. She is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin since 1997."

-Christina Kubisch Website (

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"Fabrizio Plessi (born 3 April 1940, Reggio Emilia, Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) studied painting at the Venice Art Academy. He initially dealt with performances and experimental films. He became internationally known with the new art form he developed in the mid-1970s, video sculpture. His works belong to the Arte Povera and conceptual art. A main theme of his works is water, whereby he uses various means for his artistic installations, especially films, videos as well as performances and productions in which he uses stones, rusty iron, wood, straw and other materials. "Plessi's installations are always a game of being and appearances, the encounter between the real and the possible, between reality and virtuality. [...] Using the latest technology, he tries to track down ancient matter. ", also with his open-air video installation "Waterfire"; - The 10 m high "Plessi Tower" made of steel and monitors has been standing in front of the entrance to the State Horticultural Show in Kronach since 2002.

Plessi exhibited his productions at the Kassel documenta as well as at the Venice Biennale and the São Paulo Biennale and designed the Italian pavilion for the Expo 2000 world exhibition. A major solo exhibition, which took place in the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1998, and which was subsequently taken over by important American museums, had a particular success. He held a professorship for "Electronic Scenography" at the Art Academy for Media Cologne and held a chair for "Humanization of Technologies" there from 1990 to 2000. In addition, the artist develops stage sets for theater and opera performances,

The Plessi Museum was inaugurated on the Brenner motorway in 2013 - it presents videos, drawings and installations by the artist in a permanent exhibition. The museum is a motorway service station, so it can only be reached via the motorway and is in close proximity to the former Italian-Austrian customs station.

Plessi lives and works in Venice, Cologne and Mallorca."

-People Pill (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Liquid Piece (1975) 10:00

2. Identikit (1974) 12:59

3. Circles I (1984) 5:34

4. Constante Variabile (1981) 9:42

5. Kleine Liebe Violet (1983) 19:12
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"First release of the conceptual and performative pieces by Christina Kubisch, composed and realized between 1974 and 1984 during Christina Kubisch's years in Italy."-Tochnit Aleph

Six-panel, DVD-sized digipak, illustrated with archival photos of Kubisch with extensive program-notes in English. Edition of 300.
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