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Tesla: Werkstatt_Klangapparate [DVD]

Various Artists: Tesla: Werkstatt_Klangapparate [DVD] (Edition Rz)

Four artistic projects concerning historic sound devices from Steve Roden & Martin Riches, Thilges and Frank Bretschneider in a DVD of sound and video performance captured at Tesla in Berlin, 2006.

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Label: Edition Rz
Catalog ID: ed. RZ 20005
Squidco Product Code: 14235

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Germany
Packaging: Plastic Sleeve
Recorded in Tesla, Berlin in autumn, 2006.


Steve Roden

Martin Riches

Nik Hummer


Frank Bretschneider


Wolfgang Muller

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The Werkstatt_Klangapparate started in autumn 2006 at Tesla in Berlin. In total, four artistic projects were compiled and presented over the course of a year that were concerned with historic sound devices, their artistic possibilities and their application as aninstrument, sound creator or sound object. When does the devicebecome an instrument or the instrument a device? Where does theartist`s dialogue with the machine begin? Three salon conversations presented the topic, the artists and their works. Two open studios and four project residencies gave the artists a platform onwhich to develop their ideas with the corresponding devices andprepare for their presentations. In doing so, the werkstatt_klangapparate followed t e s l a ' s conceptional aim of realising topicsin a networked, variable and modular manner with artists invitedto project residencies. This programmatic openness facilitated interesting insights into the concrete artistic productions that werethen presented to the public in the kubus of the podewils`schenpalais in november 2006 and june 2007.

All four performanceswere extensively documented using photography, sound and video. This DVD presents sound performances by Steve Roden & Martin Riches, Thilges and Frank Bretschneider in sound recordings and the video sound performance by benzo in sound and pictures. Bonus material on this dvd includes clips of the video documentations of the three sound performances. Also recorded is a thorough report on the entire project."-Carsten Seiffarth, Editions Rz

Artist Biographies

"Steve Roden is an American sound and visual artist, who pioneered the lowercase style of music; where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes. His discography includes Forms of Paper, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles public library.

In 2013 Steve Roden's work was featured in a two-person exhibition with Jenny Perlin at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH and in a solo exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA. In 2010, a mid-career survey of Roden's work was presented at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, curated by Howard Fox. Solo exhibitions include the Creative Media Center, City University of Hong Kong; the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa; the Henry Art Museum, Seattle; the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science; the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, among others.

His work has been included in exhibitions at the Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco; the Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas; the Mercosur Biennial in Porto Allegre, Brazil; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Drawing Room, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla; the Sculpture Center, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou Museum, Paris; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles & Miami MOCA, Miami, the Drawing Center, New York. Steve Roden was also a recent recipient of the 2011 Artist Grant of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and recently of a California Community Foundation Getty Fellowship Grant."

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Track Listing:

Tesla Backcover 20005
1 talking machine [ 37:48 ]
sound performance with steve roden and martin riches

2 thilges [ 1:30 ]
trautonium sound performance with nik hummer and gammon

3 subharchord -- kippschwingung [ 41:22 ]
sound performance by and starring frank bretschneider

4 subharchord -- memory traces [ 61:17 ]
sound-video performance by and starring benzo

bonus material

5 talking machine [ 18:01 ]
extracts of the video-documentation

6 thilges trautonium [ 10:05 ]
as a guest wolfgang müller with the trautonium 2000

7 subharchord -- kippschwingung [ 20 : 35 ]
extracts of the video-documentation

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