2015 / 2016
Since the beginning of 2015 'ohrenhoch, the Noise Shop' has been activating the theme 'Soundactivism'.
The manifesto WORDS 2016 - SOUNDACTIVISM by Knut Remond (Artistic director ohrenhoch) and Isabella Zamboni (art historian) is pinned on the wall at ohrenhoch from Sunday the 14th of February 2016.
- 4 and 11 January 2015: "Salt-Sculpting" sound installation by Martyna Poznanska (Germany, Poland)
- 18 and 25 January 2015: "Meine-Welt-Musik – 2. Symphonie" Op.148/2013 by Dieter Kaufmann (Austria)
- 1 and 8 February 2015: "Syria..as my mother speaks" by Christine Gedeon with sound artist Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen (USA, Denmark)
- 15 and 22 February 2015: "outcry" for Bassbox loudspeaker installation, by Knut Remond (Germany)
- 1 and 8 March 2015: "MOSCOW - (M)y Swo(O)ning (S)ends out (C)old (W)armth", by Elisabeth Schimana (Austria)
- 15 and 22 March 2015: "Black Ice" by Maggi Payne (USA)
- 29 March and 5 April: "Labor in the Territory of Hawaii, 1939" Installation for a single visitor, by Ludwig Abraham (Germany)
- 12 and 19 April: "Breathe Between the Lines / Atmen Zwischen Linien" - for Eric Garner, by Christopher DeLaurenti (USA)
- 26. April and 3 May: "Island" by Dean Rosenthal (USA)
- 10 and 17 May: "La rosa incarnata del suono" by Giuseppe Iacono (Italy)
- 24 May: "defeat" - audiodrama or psychosonic? - by Knut Remond (Germany)
- 14 and 21 June: "pájaro suelto" sound installation by Rubén D'Hers (Germany, Venezuela)
- 26, 27, 28 June and 5 July: "unerhört" by the ohrenhoch-Kids (Germnay)
- 12 and 19 July: "AGNES, TINA, LION & MATHIS" by Alois Späth (Germany)
- 26 July and 2 August: Extension "AGNES, TINA, LION & MATHIS" by Alois Späth (Germany)
- 9 and 16 August: "This Is For You (ohrenhoch, Berlin)" Tina M Pearson (Canada)
- 23 and 30 August: "Submerged: Silent Service" by Louise K Wilson (UK)
- 6 and 13 September: "Why is why of no stranger" by Stelios Manousakis (Greece)
- 20 and 27 September: "Democracy isn't just a Tweet away" by Shelly Knotts (UK)
- 4 and 11 October, on the 25th anniversary of German Unity: "Bring on the Magic of Coca Cola" for tape, by Knut Remond (Germany)
- 18 and 25 October: "Melbourne Calls" by Viv Corringham (UK)
- 1 and 8 November: "aus den Papierwerken 1" by Volkmar Klien (Austria)
- 15 November: "unlimited" by Knut Remond (Germany)
- 22 and 29 November: "Cynical Fragments" by Prune Bécheau (France)
- 6 and 13 December: "Preparations for an Imaginary Conflict" by Cathy Lane (UK)
- 20 and 27 December: "Sprachgerüste, Sprachgelüste" by Laura Mello (Germany, Austria)
- 3 and 10 January: "Ornaments II" by Ricardo Arias (Colombia)
- 17 and 24 January: "practice" by Yan Jun (China)
- 31 January and 7 February: piece without title by Patrik Lechner (Austria)
- 14 and 21 February: "Thinking of you (fragments)" by Gaël Segalen (France)
- 28 February and 6 March: "smash cars, and LOVE" by Knut Remond (Germany)
- 13 and 20 March: "Tinnitus Studies" by Hui Ye (China, Austria)
- 27 March and 3 April: "El Pozo" by Cecilia Castro (Argentina)
- 10 and 17 April: "The Kitchen sessions: 4AM" by Sol Andersson (Sweden)
- 24 April and 1 May: "MÜNCHEN GOLLIERPLATZ" by Sylvia Necker (Germany)
- 8 and 15 May: "RHO" by Anna Stereopoulou (Greece)
- 22 and 29 May: "pars stridens" & "sublocation" by Daniel Lercher (Austria)
- 5, 12 and 19 June: "Scorched Earth" (ohrenhoch remix 2016) by Lauren Sarah Hayes
- At the Art Festival 48 Stunden Neukölln and on the ohrenhoch Sundays 3 and 10 July: "ACTIVE COLORIZE" by the ohrenhoch-Kids and Knut Remond
- 17 and 24 July: "cozy new gastfeindlichkeit" by Julia Mihály (Germany)
- 31 July and 7 August: "Kindernacht", or "The Night of the Children" by Gisela Frick Hassenberg (Chile)
- 14 and 21 August: "You Will Understand It, When You Come Alone" by Eric Dickson (USA, Berlin)
- 11 and 18 September: "Dead or Ice Cream" by Knut Remond (Deutschland)
- 25 September and 2 October: "In the Throats of Trees" by Stephanie Loveless (Canada)
- 9 and 16 October: "acoustic turntable" by Andreas Trobollowitsch (Austria)
- 23 and 30 October: "Fehlberliner U-Wirr" by Jaap Blonk (Holland)
- 6 and 13 November: "Thinking of you (fragments)" by Gaël Segalen (France)
- 20 and 27 November: "Dry/Friction" by Khaled Kaddal (Egypt)
- 4 and 11 December: "Je suis in the kitchen" by Bernadette Johnson (Switzerland)
- 18 and 25 December: "Vote on Voting" by Yan Jun (China) & Mattin (Spain)
- 8, 15, 22 and 29 January: "FUKUSHIMA 2011-2017" by Tetsuo Furudate and Tsutomu Otsuka (Japan)
- 5 and 12 February: "Salton Sublime" by Roxanne Varzi (USA)
- 19 and 26 February: "TRASH MUSIC" by Lucie Vítkovà (Czech Republic)
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To hear on Sunday 19 and 26 February 2017, 2pm - 9pm:
Electroacoustic piece / sound installation
by Lucie Vítková
Lucie Vítková on 'Trash Music':
The Trash Music piece follows my interests in ecology and environment. Since autumn 2016, I have been discovering how to play the trash and learning about its music.
Fascinated by the objects of everyday use and their sonorities, I gathered a set of sound sources while reusing materials such as cans, polystyrene, different kinds of paper, used tape and aluminum foil, plastic boxes, pins and rubber bands.
Some of these objects, I rebuilt into new instruments and played them along my accordion, harmonica, hichiriki and voice, creating a dialog and bringing the trash aesthetics into my background of classical accordionist.
The music of trash is unfortunately spreading around with general wasting of materials. The Trash Music piece is a reminder to reuse and recycle so we don´t cover the voice of the Earth completely.
Audio Field Report no. 59 / Sound activism 38:
Interview with Lucie Vítkovà by Knut Remond. Limited edition audio cassette, 8 copies numbered. Available at 'ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen' (and heard on headphone in the ohrenhoch archive).
I am a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, harmonica, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. During my studies of composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), I have been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D) and recently at Columbia University in New York with Prof. George E. Lewis.
My compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in my improvisation practice I explore characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In my recent work, I am interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life.
In Berlin, I have organized Temporary Ensemble and Experimental Music Orchestra of UdK. Along my studies in New York, I have been nominated on 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in category of Music and I have put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and newly OPERA ensemble (for singing instrumentalists).
ohrenhoch presents on the Sundays 5 and 12 February 2017, 2pm - 9pm:
by Roxanne Varzi
Roxanne Varzi about 'Salton Sublime':
Poets and painters of the 18th century sought a religious experience in the sublime continence of nature. They enjoyed meditating on the beauty of nature’s danger and the inherent tension and possibility it always offered of sudden and assured death – as a result for example, of a fall from a high cliff, a storm at sea, a volcano’s eruption or chasm opening in the earth to swallow one whole. They also meditated on the vastness, infinity, magnificence and the resulting exultation, the possibility of being raised up, temporarily overwhelmed in a spiritual sense and being made to feel small in the face of overwhelming emotion and the awe which nature can inspire. This transcendental desire has humans seeking a god or something greater in nature. Salton Sublime meditates on the meaning of sublime today in the midst of massive environmental degradation. The Salton Sea in southern California brings a whole new meaning to the sublime as it contains both the awe-inspiring possibilities of a spiritual experience as well as terror and abject fear –especially of death. This project is a remnant of that same heritage of sublime art that seeks to engage the beauty and the terrifying danger of nature while examining both our reliance on and abuse of nature… it asks, what is ultimately left of the sublime? Can we inspire awe from terror?
Roxanne Varzi is a writer, artist, filmmaker and anthropologist. She was the recipient of the first Fulbright to Iran since the Revolution and has been published in Public Culture, Aeon, Eastern Art Report, Savage Minds and The London Review of Books; quoted in the LA Times, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher and others. Her latest book Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran won the 2016 Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award. Her film Plastic Flowers Never Die is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and has been shown in Festivals all over the world. Her first sound installation “Whole World Blind” premiered at Soundwalk in Long Beach, and was installed in Berlin, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco and is featured permanently at Publicbooks.org. This is her first installation at Ohrenhoch.
Website Roxanne Varzi
ohrenhoch presents on the Sundays 8, 15, 22, 29 January 2017, 2pm - 9pm:
Sound and photo exhibition
by Tetsuo Furudate (Sound artist, Japan) and Tsutomu Otsuka (Photographer, Japan)
with sound contributions by Daniel Menche, Rudolf Eb.er, ILIOS, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Keiko Higuchi
Tetsuo Furudate about the sound exhibition FUKUSHIMA 2011-2017:
Disaster and tragedy are always existing with big noise.
Even if happened by nature or human being they needed big sound as their 'background music'. Moreover they wanted crying and many shouts from human mouth as additional sound.
We want to represent this kind of 'background music' to the photographs of Tsutomu Otsuka.
He knows that there will be coming silence by coagulation after.
Four variations based on FUKUSHIMA 2011-2017 will be presented each on a Sunday during January 2017.
Tsutomu Otsuka about the photo exhibition FUKUSHIMA:
Tohoku earthquake and tsunami happened in 2011 March 11th.
I was starting my photos series about FUKUSHIMA after that.
15,891 deaths have been confirmed by this disaster.
Oddly strangely, the rescue parties searching for victims gradually also started looking for photographs buried by flood damage.
Those were memories of lost families and proof of missing lives.
And those pictures had been metamorphosed by chemical reaction in the mud.
Especially, they fascinated me, because I already have interest in chemical change of emulsion of printed photo paper by mud since 1992.
I tried many experiments how to change in quality pictures in the mud, swamp.
That's why I cannot overlook those photos that are rescued from the disaster.
Those emulsions are exfoliated and changed in appearance.
Even if they were lost by their families, I could accept strong memory that kept.
About my landscape in FUKUSHIMA:
The nuclear accidents of FUKUSHIMA have made grave pollution and zone.
The situation of pollution has not changed still now. Even forest, fields, dwelling, lake, marsh and mud.
Landscape where everything is with radioactive material, nothing changes.
I have been entering this zone since 2014. I took landscapes without human beings. I just took branches, leaves, earth that are totally contaminated.
Born in Tokyo. Started his career in experimental film and video art in 1981, then he started music and performing art. He premiered the experimental opera “Othello” 2001 at Podewil, “Auditory Sense of Mr. Roderick Usher” at Dresdner Zentrum für zeitgenössische Musik. He won the BLAUE BRÜCKE prize 2003. His radio productions were broadcasted by Deutschlandradio: “Motome-Zuka“2007, “GOYA” 2008, “Death Fragments Prelude” 2011. He premiered “DEATH FRAGMENTS” theatrical event with Edwin van der Heide and actors at Theatre Bielefeld.
He was born in Japan/Chiba prefecture, 1951.
He is an experimental photographer based on chemical reaction and he has a special sensitivity of his sexuallty.
His career started with making experimental short films.
Since 1986, he tried to establish his own style on photographic paper.
He developed his original technique that is reaction with photo paper with muds in natural swamp. We could see this result at an exhibition in 1992.
He continues trying this way to find his image.
He had many exhibitions based in Tokyo, also Lion, Los Angeles and more.
In 2011, Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan.
He got big effect from this tragedy.
Since after, he has been visiting the stricken area many times, and he has been taking photos there until now.
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