German photographer and light-artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert Light (* 1963) focuses in his work on visual experiences that do not refer to anything but themselves. For Rotate Festival 2012 he presented a Visual Piano performance with Fritz Teufel a local electronic musician and sound artist.
The Visual Piano is an instrument which makes it possible to create moving images in a space. It is unique and was conceived and developed by the photographer and light installation artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert in collaboration with the software designers Roland Blach and Philip Rahlenbeck. Using a MIDI-keyboard it is possible to generate varying graphic patterns which can be digitally projected onto one or more screens. These dynamic and immediate drawings in light are not (as with VJ soft-and Hardware) generated by pre-recorded clips, but every moment of the performance is being played and modulated live and in real time via the keyboard and pedals. Form and content are of one here. The “Visual Piano” performances explore professional contemporary artistic practice through the abstract, ephemeral medium of light, but at the same time they are consciously located in close proximity to the genre of “serious” entertainment.
Innsbruck’s multi-instrumentalist Christoph Fügenschuh aka Fritz Teufel specializes in polyrhythmic sequencing and sound research. Between jazzy bass playing, and electronic ambient noise structures Fügenschuh evokes associations of delicate aesthetic and overwhelming energy at the same time. He creates elegant soundscapes with insistent, meditative sequences, followed by powerful rises of vigorously electrifying emotional tones. The sonic components are the results of sound research between his own hardware and software developments, field and studio recordings, sampling, the sounds of his bass guitar and electronic sound processing.