2016, 7:30 min

“In the end of 2015 I visited the area, which normally isn’t accessible for the public, for the first. I immediately got attracted by the atmosphere of the metal chambers of the gasometers with their impressive height, the strange acoustic and the obvious time marks. It looked like something very unique, which has to be conserved somehow.”

E.K-H In: Articulaction 2015, S.29

The video Postludium is an obituary for the former gasworks area in Augsburg/ Oberhausen. It shows a ghostlike dance in the empty rooms of the building especially of a historical disc-type gasometer, built in 1915, and another recent disc-type gasometer (“Gaskessel”). This work raises the question of whether a building has a memory and thus also an identity.

The piece “Echoes of Industry” was recorded in the “Gaskessel”.

Dancer: Alessandra La Bella

Gerald Fiebig, Christian Z. Müller, Alessandra La Bella, Oliver Frühschütz

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2016, Videoinstallation, 9:50 min

Nature is determined by chaos as the driving force that leads to order. The strongest form of order is a pattern or rhythm.

Part one
Patterns are regularly recurring structures generated from modules in predefined order and repetition. As individuals and social beings we are naturally influenced by patterns: heartbeat and breath have a rhythm (auditory pattern). The genetic code resembles a pattern. Metabolism is determined by “patterns”: Nutrient absorption, transport, transformation and excretion – as well as the course of nature: spring, summer, autumn and winter – birth, growth, reproduction and death. We surround ourselves with patterns: wallpaper, patterned textiles, music, dance, customs, behaviour. Patterns give us security because they are predictable.

Part two – the machinery
Patterns also help individuals to fit harmoniously into society and contribute to its success. This fact makes us similar to machines. These work because drives and gears follow certain patterns and thus keep the machinery moving.

Part Three – Perpetual Motion
We are part of a system made up of individuals who function according to patterns. If one part fails, it is replaced by another working element – a principle that keeps a system in constant motion.

Dancer: Alessandra La Bella, Jennifer Ruof, Silvana Lemm, Therese Madeleine Thonfors, Natalie Farkas

“After all, rhythm is the repeated pattern itself – the code and the looping. And we all dance to that. We dance to a choreography that is pre-programmed into the interface. This choreography has power: it is the planned moves of control.(…) But really we are just making the same old moves that everyone else on the dance floor is pushing out of their (seemingly) free flowing limbs. We dance, and we are part of the choreography of control.”

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Utopia Lives Next Door

“Our first project together was Utopia lives next door. We discovered by chance that we were researching our past in the same field and in similar ways: he was recording his grandmother’s memories of her childhood in Vienna, I was recording my father’s memories of his childhood in Timişoara. When we realised that there is a common link between the two cities, anchored in history, we had the idea to create a utopian place where the East meets the West, where the past meets the present. The soundscape composition with field recordings of the two cities and interviews with our relatives was broadcast on Ö1 Kunstradio – Radio Art on 27 December 2015. This was a new field of activity for me. While I was creating a slide show for the project, I encouraged Gerald to travel to Vienna to take some pictures for it, as I had done in Timişoara. I don’t think he had ever planned to get into photography before.”

E.K-H In: Articulaction 2015, S.29
2015 / 2019, Gemeinschaftsprojekt mit Gerald Fiebig, Sound produziert für ORF Kunstradio, Uraufführung 27.12.2015, 22:30 min

“25 years after the end of the Cold War, the political distance between Western Europe (e.g. Austria) and Eastern Europe (e.g. Romania) seems to be increasing again in many respects. But this distorts the fact that there is a lot of shared history, which already becomes evident when looking at the parallels between the cities of Vienna and Timisoara. For their piece Utopia lives next door, the authors move through both cities, inspired by the situationist concept of psychogeographical examination of urban environments by means of “dérive” the deliberately drifting walk through a city. The starting point of the excursions are the quarters Innere Stadt and Josefstadt – due to the shared history, both Vienna and Timisoara have districts with these names. From the field recordings thus collected, the authors compose the soundscape of a utopian city in which the difference between West and East has been erased. Woven into the composition are voice recordings from interviewees recalling instances of lived solidarity under difficult social and political circumstances in Vienna and Timisoara during different phases of the 20th century. Based on shared thematic motifs, the quotes are arranged into a quasi-dialogic relation to each other that offers a glimpse of the possibilities that were at hand, but were missed in the actual history of Austria and Romania. The speakers are Friederike Brenner (born in 1923 in Mödling near Vienna) and Johann Kassnel (born 1932 in Jahrmarkt near Timisoara).”

Gerald Fiebig
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