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[Nettime-nl] "RETRIEVER" / Friday the 29th February / SPS, AMSTERDAM
Geert Lovink on Wed, 27 Feb 2008 12:11:30 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] "RETRIEVER" / Friday the 29th February / SPS, AMSTERDAM


> RETRIEVER
>
>   voiceoverhead and guests:
> Casper Cordes & Ellen Ugelvik / Discoteca Flaming Star / Will Holder /
>   Guy-Marc Hinant - subrosa / Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal
>
>   Date: Friday 29 February 2008, 20.00-1.00 hrs
>   Location:
>   SMART Project Space, Arie Biemondstraat 105-113, Amsterdam, NL
>
>   "Retrieve to hand"´ is an action performed by dogs and their owners
> during hunting. The dog is trained (in many cases the species called
> retriever) to bring the hunted animal unhurt and alive to the hunter's
> hand."
>
>   "retriever" is an evening of performances in the framework of the
> exhibition "voiceoverhead"´ by Achim Lengerer &  Dani Gal, featuring
> several guests. In their collaborative practice Lengerer & Gal deal
> with audio-acoustics and storage mediums used for acoustic material.
> Their core interests are audio-recordings, particularly of language,
> spoken word and speech, original footage taken from radio-broadcastings
> or other archives. Their work found its multiple form in the project
> "voiceoverhead" which is rooted in a record collection of approximately
> 350 records, including footage documenting political speeches and
> language orientated radio-programs covering historical events.
>
>   Lengerer & Gal developed the idea for "voiceoverhead" in order to
> locate the their artistic practice within a broader context by
> including the work of other artists, filmmakers and musicians working
> with archived language materials in multiple ways and diverging modes.
> Divisions exist in these cultural fields: electronic music that is
> entrenched in elements of language and radio-sounds, as well as  visual
> artists, filmmakers and documentarians who focus their work in this
> area. These cultural fields are conceptually and practically applying
> different approaches to the given speech material: differences in
> working and presentation methods, as well as differences in
> distribution and public reception. "voiceoverhead"´ presents, confronts
> and merges the approaches applied in these diverse cultural productions
> in the exhibition and in the upcoming evening of sound performances.
>
>   During the evening Guy-Marc Hinant from the Belgian label subrosa  
> will
> give a talk on subrosa´s distribution and editing methods and perform a
> live-set.
>
>   British designer and author Will Holder will host and present as a
> "publisher" the record collection of Czech/British visual artist Pavel
> Büchler.
>
>   Casper Cordes work "axes"´ is shown in the exhibition; he will give  
> an
> introduction on how he generated musical notations and composition from
> spoken speech/language and will  perform together with Ellen Ugelvik
> "axes- live" on piano and electronics.
>
>   The Spanish-German duo Discoteca Flaming Star uses popular culture  
> for
> their performative set-ups by incorporating elements like costumes and
> banners in their musically and verbally highly referential
> stage-performances.
>
>   Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal will perform as "voiceoverhead"´ with parts
> of the record collection displayed in the show.
>
>   "voiceoverhead"´ is a co-production with the Jan van Eyck Academy.
>
>   SMART Project Space is kindly supported by Mondriaan Stichting,
> Gemeente  Amsterdam, Bureau Broedplaats, Stichting Doen, VSBfonds,
> Filmfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
>
> The exhibition voiceoverhead will be open from 20.00-12.00 hrs on
>   Friday-evening 29 February.
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> -
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> voiceoverhead
> A project by Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal featuring:
>
> Casper Cordes  / Harun Farocki / William Furlong / Sharon Hayes
> Exhibition from 12 January - 1 March 2008
>
>   In their collaborative practice Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal deal with
> audio-acoustics and storage media used for acoustic material. Their
> core interests are audio-recordings, particularly of language, spoken
> word and speech, original footage taken from radio-broadcastings or
> other archives. Their work found its multiple form in the project
> 'voiceoverhead' which is rooted in a record collection of approximately
> 350 records, including footage documenting political speeches and
> language orientated radio-programs. The records aurally cover
> historical events and were originally designed to function as
> documentations of the real. This notion of the 'documentary' has been
> questioned throughout the history of the medium itself and developed as
> one of the inherent debates around the emerging modes of reproduction
> in the late 19th century - phonograph, film and photography. Starting
> with the early Lumiere-movie 'Workers Leaving the Factory,' this
> discussion emerges. Harun Farocki has shown, in his 1995 video-essay on
> the Lumiere-sequence, the complexity of a playful representational
> conspiracy between the audience/viewer, the document/documentarian and
> the documented beginning at the birth of the genre itself. This act of
> conspiracy takes place when any document from the archive is brought
> back to the public sphere as a kind of reenactment of a communicative
> and rhetorical figure.
>  'voiceoverhead' is a co-production with the Jan van Eyck Academy.


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