Momus, Performance, Secession, 2007, Photo: Pez Hejduk

6 Sessions: Sound, Screenings, Lectures, Performances

Serhat Köksal / Gerwald Rockenschaub, Momus, Olga Neuwirth & Burkhard Stangl, Axel Stockburger, Ulrich Troyer feat. Kassian Troyer

Idea & concept: Nicolas Jasmin, Flora Neuwirth, Rita Vitorelli

November 29, 2007 – February 3, 2008

Momus
Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 8-9pm

The series opens with a performance by Scottish artist Nick Currie, aka Momus (born 1960). Momus (named for the Greek god of derision) is known above all as a musician and blogger, but he also appears internationally as an imaginary persona and performance artist at galleries and museums. In 2006, for example, he accompanied the Whitney Biennale as an “Unreliable Tour Guide” with political through absurd commentaries in the sense of his “mission of misinformation”. In his daily blog on pop, art, architecture, design, porn, and everyday ethnology (imomus.livejournal.com) Momus entertains a loyal community of fans with his dry humor. Since the 1980s, he has been producing eclectic pop albums like CIRCUS MAXIMUS, TENDER PERVERT, OTTO SPOOKY, OSKAR TENNIS CHAMPION, and, in 2006, OCKY MILK. His musical style ranges from acoustic guitar to minimalist electropop to disco and lush synths. Momus lives and works in Berlin.

Olga Neuwirth & Burkhard Stangl
Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 7-9pm

The composer Olga Neuwirth (born 1968) and the composer and performer Burkhard Stangl (born 1960) have been working together for more than 15 years in a wide range of ways. Early on, the emphasis was on Stangl’s interpretations of Neuwirth’s compositions on the electric guitar. Neuwirth integrates the electric guitar directly into her work, making her one of the few New Music composers to give it such a prominent role. Over time, the focus of their collaboration shifted to live performances creating music together in real time. They use acoustic instruments such as steel-stringed guitar, zither, or vibraphone, as well as theremin, electric guitar, effects, or laptop. Neuwirth’s work was recently featured at documenta 12; she is currently working on the score for a film by Michael Glawogger and on her HOMMAGE À KLAUS NOMI. Stangl has released many recordings with guitar and electronic devices, often in connection with film and fine art, on labels including Hat Art, Erstwhile, and durian. At the Secession, Neuwirth & Stangl will perform with theremin, “electric wheel,” computer, and electric guitar.

MUSIC:MIRROR:PROPHECY
Thursday, December 13, 2007, 7-9pm

The films of the American artists Gabriel Shalom and Nate Harrison presented by Axel Stockburger were first seen in Europe in 2005 as part of the screening program organized in Stuttgart by Cornelia and Holger Lund under the title FLUCTUATING IMAGES.

HOUSE (USA, 2005) by Gabriel Shalom
is a video documentation on the various styles of house music and the corresponding music machines, such as the legendary Roland TB 303 Bass Line.

BASSLINE BASELINE by Nate Harrison (USA, 2005)
is a video essay that follows the invention, the failure, and the subsequent return of the Roland TB 303 Bass Line over the last two decades of the 20th century. After the screening, Axel Stockburger, prompted by an idea from the French theorist Jacques Attali, will consider the extent to which developments affecting technological, economic, and social aspects of the musical field have consequences for the cultural landscape as a whole.

L’ABÉCÉDAIRE DE GILLES DELEUZE
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 7-9pm

Pierre-André Boutang’s film L’ABÉCÉDAIRE DE GILLES DELEUZE, produced in 1988 and first broadcast on ARTE in 1996, shows a 60-minute interview with the French philosopher. The ABÉCEDAIRE is the only film dedicated to Deleuze and it presents a thinker who always refused to appear on television. On this one occasion, Deleuze accepted to be interviewed by his student and then partner, the journalist Claire Parnet, based on a list of questions he chose himself from A for ANIMAL through Z for ZIG-ZAG – on condition that the film would not be broadcast until after his death. In the interview, Deleuze explains several of his central ideas and concepts, as well as discussing personal matters in connection with his philosophical work. The film was a great success, not only because of Deleuze’s charismatic performance, but also due to his appeal for philosophy on the level of popular culture. Using language that is precise and concrete as well as rich in metaphor, the ABÉCÉDAIRE is one of the most accomplished television interviews with an intellectual. At the Secession, after an introductory talk by writer and film expert Thomas Ballhausen, excerpts from the French original version will be shown with a simultaneous German translation.

Ulrich Troyer feat. Kassian Troyer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 7-9pm

Since his debut with the CD NOK (2000) on the legendary MEGO label, the Vienna-based musician and artist Ulrich Troyer (born 1973) has consistently surprised audiences with interesting musical turns and diversions. In his radio play SEHEN MIT OHREN (Seeing With Ears, 2005), for example, he overlaid blind people’s accounts of spatial experience with everyday sounds, creating a dense sound collage. Beside sound performances and audio installations, often realized in cooperation with his Berlin-based brother Kassian Troyer (born 1977), Ulrich Troyer also performs as a member of the “1st Vienna Vegetable Orchestra”. What does a musician with a pronounced passion for cooking and drawing cartoons have to offer? One could say that in contrast to the cool digital world, he has rediscovered the ingredients of the analog, using them to produce a succession of warm, humorous, and generous sounds. Brian Eno would love it?! For the Secession, Ulrich Troyer will present a new live set together with Kassian Troyer.

Serhat Köksal / Gerwald Rockenschaub
Friday, January 25, 2008, 7pm-2am

Turkish artist Serhat Köksal (born 1968) founded his multimedia project 2/5 BZ in Istanbul in 1986, continuing to develop it since in different formats, from video collage to tapes, CD-ROMs, and audio CDs to photocopied booklets and live performances. Köksal’s performances are opulent montages of traditional music, experimental electronic sounds, and images from television and B-movies, brought together in a Dadaistic confrontation of pop, orientalism, kitsch, comics, and folklore. Beyond exoticism or ethnocentricity, and with the help of his own recordings, samples, and found footage, he investigates cultural clichés, remakes, and copy cultures, as well as their impact on the economic and political situation of individuals, thus contributing to a critical and humorous reuse of mass culture. As the final event in the series, Köksal will “rock” the Secession for one evening together with Berlin-based Austrian artist Gerwald Rockenschaub (born 1952), who will contribute a DJ set.

All events will be recorded on video and presented for the duration of the project as part of a cumulative video documentation in the Secession’s Galerie space.