March 7, 2017 - Haus der Kunst - Free Music Production / FMP / Harun Farocki: Counter Music
March 7, 2017

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Cecil Taylor, p; Günter "Baby" Sommer: dr; Improvised Music II, 1988. Photo: Dagmar Gebers. © Dagmar Gebers/FMP-Publishing.

Free Music Production / FMP
March 10–August 20, 2017

Harun Farocki: Counter Music
March 10–May 28, 2017

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Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music
March 10–August 20

The exhibition Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music is devoted to the work of the pioneering Berlin avant-garde production platform and recording label Free Music Production / FMP, which was founded in West Berlin in 1968. FMP’s radically expansive focus on contemporary improvisational music and avant-garde jazz was an international undertaking from the outset. Cutting across diverse musical and cultural practices, FMP invited musicians and composers to explore a range of performance possibilities, resulting in hundreds of concerts, and entirely new formats for presenting music, such as the Total Music Meeting and the Workshop Freie Musik.

These performances attracted hundreds of musicians, composers, and artists from around the world to a divided Berlin, at a time when the city was positioned as the beacon of Western artistic freedom. Additionally, FMP facilitated some of the most important cultural and political achievements in the city; with the label acting as one of the first platforms to challenge the Cold War ideological system via its collaborations with East German musicians.

With a catalogue of more than 500 published recordings, countless concerts, and an archive of photographs, newly found documentary videos, posters, and other graphic work, FMP represents a wholly unique example of lasting artistic radicality that challenges previous norms of collective practice.

Nearly 50 years after its founding, the work of this innovative experimental label demands a new critical analysis with respect to its contributions to 20th century culture. The exhibition and its accompanying program follows on from the curatorial context established by the landmark 2012 exhibition and concert series ECM: A Cultural Archaeology.

The exhibition is curated by Markus Müller.

Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music is a co-operation with the Goethe-Institut and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Brötzmann plus
May 5–6
Two evenings of Free Music with Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink, Toshinori Kondo, Heather Leigh, Joe McPhee, Marino Pliakas, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Michael Wertmüller


Harun Farocki: Counter Music
March 10–May 28

Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was a seminal figure among filmmakers and intellectuals who emerged in Europe in the late 1960s. This turbulent era was not only marked by the ascension of the filmmaker-auteur model of production, but was also characterized by the questioning of cinema’s role in relation to socio-political events.

Over the course of his long and influential career, Farocki created over 90 films, including features, film essays, television films and documentaries; he also collaborated with fellow artists on installations, texts, exhibitions, and projects. Harun Farocki: Counter Music explores this extensive oeuvre, focusing on the artist’s continual investigations into the shifting modes of being which have developed and circulated around modes of work, production and consumption as they have manifested across geographies and temporalities. Featuring iconic works such as Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades (2005), Comparison via a Third (2007), and Labour in a Single Shot (2011–14, which was realized with Antje Ehmann), the exhibition aligns Farocki’s  practice with current disenchantments surrounding labor practices throughout the world. Indeed, given the current mass displacement of workers and the gradual erosion of rights and conditions which has taken place under the guise of globalization, Harun Farocki: Counter Music adds a renewed urgency and energy to the artist’s multifaceted work.

The exhibition is curated by Okwui Enwezor and Antje Ehmann, with Damian Lentini.

Harun Farocki: Counter Music is organized by Haus der Kunst in partnership with Sammlung Goetz, supported by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris / Salzburg and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, with thanks to Harun Farocki GbR.

Harun Farocki Filmnacht
April 22
Münchner Kammerspiele
Screening of three films by Harun Farocki, with an introduction and discussion by Antje Ehmann and Rembert Hüser

The Harun Farocki Filmnacht is part of the exhibition Harun Farocki: Counter Music and is realised in co-operation with Münchner Kammerspiele and KINO DER KUNST.


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