September 7, 2005 - Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen - Sound Art
September 7, 2005

Sound Art

Sound Art
21 August - 27 November 2005

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen
Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen / ASPC
(Research Centre for Artists Publications / ASPC)
Teerhof 20
D-28211 Bremen
Tel. 49-421-598390
Fax 49-421-505247
aspc [​at​]

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Demonstrating considerable diversity, this exhibition project displays the crossing of boundaries that has been taking place in the fields of art, music, literature, radio and film since the 1960s, through a series of activities from August 21st to November 27th 2005.

Parallel to the exhibition, Vinyl. Records and Covers by Artists, five supplementary exhibition modules will enhance the visitors experience of Sound Art. These include concerts, a radio program, the international conference, Sound Art Between Avantgarde and Pop Culture, the Art Market for Sound Art and the film week, Sound Art Cinema, enabling us to fully experience the tonal world of the artists represented.

Vinyl Records and Covers by Artists (Exhibition August 21st November 27th, 2005)
With over 800 artists records and other sound supports the exhibition shows the dual facets visual and sound of a unique dimension in art. All the major 20th-century trends in are represented, ranging from early avant-garde movements through the high point of Sound Art in the 60s and 70s, to the present approaches. For the pop and rock world, visual artists have created impressive works of art in the 31 x 31 cm sleeve format, among them Roy Adzak, Roy Lichtenstein, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol or Richard Hamilton, whose White-Album-Cover for the Beatles became a classic work of this genre.
Vinyl is an exhibition for the eye and the ear – graphic works, multiples and objects from the field of Sound Art complement the visual world represented by the covers. In terms of acoustic presentation, around 300 records are at the visitors disposal, including many compilations.

This exhibition is a project in coproduction with MACBA (Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona) and will be shown from May 16th till October 1st 2006 at the MACBA.

Sound Art Between Avantgarde and Pop Culture (Conference September 30th October 2nd )
Since the classical avant-garde, a large number of intermediate artworks have emerged in a border area between art, literature, music, film, radio and theatre. These published, reproduced and otherwise publicized sound works and sound interventions evade definition by all traditional concepts of art. This conference on Sound Art not centers on the original artwork, such as the sound installation, but on sound works as the manifestation of a completely new approach to art.

One aim of the conference is an academic perusal of this previously neglected field of research, whereby it also hopes to initiate an exchange between art, literature, media and music theorists, radio experts, publishers and artists.

Topics of study will range from the radio theory of Bertolt Brecht to artists projects via Internet radio, from the importance of sound in film to the media conditions of Sound Art since the 1960s and its place in the history of the Russian avant-garde. Even its origins in the early 20th century still await investigation. There is also a need to examine current questions from a historical perspective.

Sabine Breitsameter / Berlin/Baden-Baden, Heidi Grundmann / Wien, Julia Kursell / Berlin, Juan Allende-Blin / Essen, Barbara Flückiger / Zürich, Thomas Y. Levin / Princeton, Peter Frank / Los Angeles, Barbara Barthelmes / Berlin, Sten Hanson / Stockholm, Wolfgang Hagen / Berlin, Daniel Gethmann / Graz, Martin Maurach / Frankfurt a. d. Oder

Curator of the exhibition: Guy Schraenen, Paris

Registration and further information on our website or contact
The conference is organised in cooperation with the Research Association Artists Publications.

Art Market for Sound Art (September 30th October 2nd 2005)
Publishers, antiquarian and dealers from all over Europe have been invited to the art market to present their program and their stock on records and CDs, and to demonstrate Sound Arts consciously sought link between art and life to visitors in a vivid, concrete way. For three days, the market represents an authentic addition and complement to the exhibition, concerts and conference.

The following publishers, dealers and antiquarian will be attending: A Musik – Wolfgang Brauneis/ Cologne, Alga marghen – Emanuele Carcano/ Milan, Antiquariat beim Steinernen Kreuz – Udo Seinsoth/ Bremen, Books by Artists – Florence Loewy/ Paris, Drone Records – Stefan Knappe/ Bremen, Gelbe Musik – Ursula Block/ Berlin, Slowscan Editions – Jan van Toorn/ s-Hertogenbosch, Staalplaat – Ignaz Schick/ Amsterdam/ Berlin.

The concerts will consist of Action or Performance Art from the reading or presentation of Sound Poetry till the Electronic Music.

18.08. Guy Schraenen presents The Sound of the Loudspeaker
10.09. alva noto (aka Carsten Nicolai)
17.09. blank plays duden
23.09. Sven Åke Johansson
30.09. Gerhard Rühm with Monika Lichtenfeld
01.10. Sten Hanson / Franz Mon / Dmitri Prigov
15.10. Kalle Laar: the temporary sound museum
21.10. Farmers Manual
29.10. Michaela Melian and Carl Oesterhelt (F.S.K.)
11.11. Institut für Feinmotorik
12.11. Staalplaat with Ignaz Schick – rotating surfaces, objects (Berlin, Zarek/Staalplaat) Radboud Mens – turntables (Amsterdam, ERS/Staalplaat) Staalplaat Soundsystem Yokomono – vinyl killers, fm transmitters (Berlin, Staalplaat) Philip Jeck – turntables (Liverpool, Touch)
25.11. ensembleKONTRASTE / Nuremberg performs score composed from Michael Nyman to the classical silent movie “man with camera / Celoved S Kinoapparatum” from Dziga Vertov, which was published 1929 (in cooperation with the cinema Kino 46)

This series of several concerts intends to demonstrate the approaches to the Vinyl medium. Since a large part of Sound Art implies performance or consist of concert recordings, these events aim to point out Sound Arts original contexts and the conceptual links between art, music and literature.

Sound Art Cinema (Film week November 2nd 6th, 2005)
The series of films will demonstrate the interdisciplinary character and the influences of Sound Art in an exemplary way. On the one hand, screenings will include films and videos by artists in the context of Sound Art, but the series will also comprise avant-garde, experimental and commercial films which work with sound effects, experiments and film music, or belong to the category of music films.

The film week is a project in cooperation with the cinema Kino 46.

You can get further information on our website or contact

Project direction and curator of the exhibition modules:
Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Head of the Research Centre for Artists Publications/ASPC

Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen
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