unexpected territories – david tudor – exhibitions 2.7. – 10.7.2022, daily 14:00–20:00
St. Elisabeth Church, Villa Elisabeth, ACUD Gallery, Meinblau Project Space
John Driscoll »DMX Rotators« – sound installation
Phil Edelstein »Pepsi Modulator Revisited for up to 8 Thumbs« – sound installation
Alberto de Campo, Hannes Hoelzl, Liz Allbee, Ioana Vreme Moser, Anne Wellmer
»Neural Labyrinths – a performance installation«
Foyer: video documentations
David Tudor: »Bandoneon!«, »Neural Synthesis«, »Rainforest IV - Stockholm«, »Forest Speech«, »Island Eye, Island Ear«, Interviews, Ephemerals
Studio 1+2: Raul Keller »mem – interference« – sound installation
Studio 3: Paul DeMarinis »Neurish / Fleurish« – sound installation
2.7. – 10.7., daily 14:00–20:00
Opening tour: 2 July from 14:00
Start: Meinblau Project Space with a performance by Performance von Alberto de Campo, Hannes Hoelzl, Liz Allbee, Anne Wellmer, Ioana Vreme Moser
At ACUD Gallery, John Driscoll, a founding member of the "Composers Inside Electronics" group initiated by Tudor in the early 1970s, presents his sound installation "DMX Rotators," a tribute to the speakers moving in space from Tudor's performance "Bandoneon!" (1966). DMX Rotators consists of a set of four robotic rotating loudspeakers and two conventional loudspeakers. An agile sonic-visual choreography is created from pre-programmed movement and sound sequences. These focused horn loudspeakers produce shifting sound images and reflections throughout the space. The second work in this double exhibition is Phil Edelstein's sound installation "Pepsi Modulator revisited for up to 8 thumbs," based on a Tudor-developed instrument for the spatial distribution of sound that he created with Gordon Mumma for the Pepsi Pavilion at the 1970 Osaka World's Fair to activate the speaker system inside the futuristic-looking building. Like Driscoll, Edelstein was part of the circle of "Composers Inside Electronics," which continues to perform Tudor's work around the world today.
Meinblau Project Space
The sound installation "Neural Labyrinths – a performance installation" at Meinblau Projektraum is a collective composition project by composers Alberto de Campo and Hannes Hoelzl with performer Liz Albee, composer Anne Wellmer and visual artist Ioana Vreme Moser. Fascinated by the balance between the simplicity of Tudor's devices and the subtle richness of their sonic potential, Alberto de Campo et al. design an interactive installation in which objects, loudspeakers, and control units distributed throughout the space form an interconnected "neural" network. Visitors can influence it via simple interfaces. In a performance at the opening of the work, the artists will wake up this "sleeping monster" for the visitors (2.7. at 2 pm).
The sound installation "mem - interference" by Estonian artist Raul Keller at Villa Elisabeth (Studio 2+3) also reflects and uses Tudor's working principles, in particular his use of self-oscillating sound-generating systems, whose hardware Tudor often built himself. "mem - interference" is based on simple modular synthesizers in a system of loudspeakers and parabolic antennas in space that can focus sounds very precisely. Acoustic aspects as well as space-specific sound reflections thus become integral parts of the work, whose sound world is constantly evolving. "When a sonic event is discovered that is appropriate, the system is left to evolve on its own," Keller says.
American media and sound artist Paul DeMarinis' installation "Neurish / Fleurish" (Studio 3), on the other hand, is intended as a contemporary artistic commentary on Tudor's use of feedback systems.
The exhibition in the foyer of the Villa Elisabeth is conceived as a thematic introduction to David Tudor. In addition to a historical-biographical introduction and ephemerals, documentation on Tudor's works will be presented: Interviews, documents, and a series of video documentaries in which Tudor himself appears as a performer ("Bandoneon!", "Neural Synthesis"), among others. In addition, works by Tudor will be shown to which artists from "unexpected territories" refer, including the outdoor project "Island Eye, Island Ear," which was never realized, and which will bring together some of the artists involved in the project at the time in a lecture-demonstration on July 6 at 6 p.m. at Villa Elisabeth.
Villa Elisabeth, St. Elisabeth-Kirche, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin
ACUD Gallery, Berlin School of Sounds, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
Meinblau Project Space, Auf dem Pfefferberg, Haus 5, Christinenstraße 18/19, 10119 Berlin