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1.2.2020 at 15:00

Sitting for decades – Symposium Day 2

artist(s): Ever Present Orchestra (CH), Olivier Pestiaux (BE), Guy Frisch (LU), katrinem (DE), Teresa Cos (IT, UK)

15:00 – 17:00 Schallfuerschung
kids workshop with Patrick Muller (LU)

Patrick Muller is a creative artist in the field of sound art and multimedia installations who focuses on interactive systems and experimental design processes. He develops concepts, creates artistic content, and manages projects in the art field.
Patrick teaches at the SRH Hochschule der Populären Künste (hdpk) in Berlin and is a consultant for the award-winning creative studio OBLIQUE.

16:30 – 17:00 Progression
performance by plastic artist Olivier Pestiaux (BE) and musician Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin, LU)

The first performance of Alvin Luciers I am sitting in a room took place in 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in the form of a loudspeaker concert. Accompanying and in sync with the music, video artist Mary Lucier projected the individual Polaroid photos of her Polaroid Image Series. This represents a visual analogy to Lucier's tape piece: a Polaroid photo of a living room was photographed with the same camera, the resulting photo was photographed again, etc.
Progression refers to both the acoustic and visual output-to-input process of Mary and Alvin Lucier's works. However, unlike the Luciers, where both works of art were created independently of one another and were presented in parallel during the premiere, Progression is the experiment of linking the visual and acoustic levels in series and making them dependent on each other. The artist Olivier Pestiaux and the musician Guy Frisch are invited to carry out a translation process every day. While Pestiaux draws a graphic representation of Frisch's music, Frisch plays a musical representation of Pestiaux drawing.

17:00 – 18:30 Path of awareness_CasinoLuxembourg
soundwalk with katrinem (DE)

The format Path of Awareness explores an individual’s personal experience of space through walking, particularly the interplay between sound event (footsteps) and surrounding architecture, influenced by the constantly changing interactions in the environment.

A route has been created around Casino Luxembourg that offers numerous opportunities to engage with the city’s dynamics. Walking itself, the sonic character of footwear, the walkability of urban environments, as well as their architectural and atmospheric qualities are all major features of this soundwalk.
Clacking shoes become instruments, soloists in the space, creating a dialogue with the surroundings and situating us sonically in the places we walk.

Path of Awareness_CasinoLuxembourg could be experienced in guided walking and listening performances on the 1st and 2nd of February or on one’s own. For this, visitors are encouraged to put on their most “sounding” shoes and follow the score!

The interplay of sound and space has long been an integral part in katrinem‘s artistic work. For over 15 years now she has been investigating the walkability of cities and their associated spatial perception, through her work series “go your gait!”. To do so, she has developed various methodologies and the exploration results in all types and styles of artwork.

Free / Registration:

18:30 – 20:00 Teresa Cos (IT, UK)
artist talk

Teresa Cos makes use of improvisation and reiteration techniques to create audio-visual works which investigate the active and passive forms of repetition at the bases of human emotional and social processes. Her work offers a multi-scaled re-reading of history through an embodied experience of cultural and political landscapes, reflecting the tension between situated conditions of birth and forms of displaced nomadic becoming. Often permeated by a sense of tragicomedy, her work ultimately questions notions of proximity and distance, time (ir)reversibility and memory accumulation, as they emerge from the intersection of multiple converging time-lines. 

Presentations of her film works, installations and live performances include: Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Wiels Contemporary Arts Centre, The Mac – Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast, Centrale Fies/Live Works Festival, the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, Marres House of Contemporary Culture, Careof Milano, l’ISELP, Oberhausen Film Festival, Q-O2 and Les Ateliers Claus. Teresa has taken part in several international residency programmes and workshops, including the WIELS, Jan Van Eyck Academy, Visio-European-Program on Artists’ Moving Images, and the Botin Foundation workshop with Tacita Dean.  

Film collection and distribution: ARGOS Centre for Art and Media 

20:30 – 22:00 Ever Present Orchestra

The Ever Present Orchestra is dedicated to the presentation of the exceptional work of Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of four electric guitars, three saxophones, four violins and piano. Along with classical musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi, allows for the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene. 

The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock during the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts. It was named after Lucier’s composition Ever Present (2002). Its unusual instrumentation came about as a result of the adaption for electric guitars of the Lucier piece Hanover (2015). Alvin Lucier kindly supports this initiative, was involved in the naming of the "Ever Present Orchestra", and has recently composed a new piece for the ensemble titled Semicircle (2017). 

8€ / 1,50€ with the Kulturpass