An evening of audio and video celebrating Conrad Schnitzler’s life and work.
A performance by Gen Ken Montgomery, Chris Penalosa, Doron Sadja and Wolfgang Seidel
Film by Guido Englich
Excerpts from the performances at
art | science | community
August 12, 2016
Gen Ken Montgomery
is a New York-based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation of the label Generations Unlimited in 1987 and Generator Sound Art Gallery in 1989. Generations Unlimited was a collaborative project with Conrad Schnitzler and David Prescott.
Generator’s wide scope and novel approach toward sound made it a vector-point for many artists around the world. Generations Unlimited was re-launched in 2014 at MoMA PS1 in New York with Chris Penalosa and Sean Julian. After working with Schnitzler in Berlin in the eighties Montgomery became a performer and CONductor of Schnitzler's multi-speaker Cassette CONcerts.
Montgomery performed Schnitzler's Cassette CONerts weekly at Generator in total darkness playing cassette sent through the post from Berlin. Montgomery also composes octophonic compositions using amplified appliances, field recordings, voice and electronic instruments. Montgomery continues to create immersive listening experiences in many forms.
is an American artist, composer, and curator whose work explores modes of perception and the experience of sound, light and space. Often working with multichannel spatialized sound, Sadja combines pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, dense noise, and immersive light projections to create hyper-emotive sonic architecture. Sadja founded Shinkoyo Records and the West Nile performance space in Brooklyn (RIP).
is a multidisciplinary artist based in Queens, New York. He performs improvised modular electronics. He uses modern signal processing as an improvisational tool to sculpt sounds in real time. Penalosa has performed collaboratively and solo in New York at Microscope Gallery, MoMA PS1 Print Shop and other places.
first met Conrad Schnitzler at the infamous „Zodiak Free Arts Lab” in 1968 and in 1969 joined Schnitzler’s improvisation ensemble „Kluster - Eruption”. Seidel was a founding member of „Ton Steine Scherben” in the 1970s and played with „Populäre Mechanik” during the 1980s. Under the name Sequenza he played on albums with Schnitzler.