LIVE-PERFORMANCE

ERIK BÜNGER:
THE EMIPRE NEVER ENDED
THE THIRD MAN

22 May 2013
Pauluskirche | Dortmund

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THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED
The Empire Never Ended is a transcription of a man speaking in tongues on a recording* from 1948. He is believed to be in a state of trance and his vocalizations haven't been recognized as belonging to any known human language. We know nothing about the mother tongue of the speaker, nor do we know anything about his particular faith. In a live performance the musician Jan-Filip Ťupa follows the voice as closely as possible. The piece operates at the intersection where complete control and complete lack of control coincide. The musician will have to summon all his precision and concentration. At the same time he will have to put these very same abilities in the hands of a power beyond any human control.

The Ensemble Never Ended was originally written for Ensemble Modern and commissioned by the BHF-Bank-Stiftung for Frankfurter Positionen 2013.

* The piece is based on the recording ‘Banta Trance Speech’ found on the CD release:
“Occult Voices – Paranormal Music, Recordings of unseen Intelligences 1905-2007“
published by Thomas Knoefel und Andreas Fischer, Köln, 2007

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THE THIRD MAN
Erik Bünger takes listeners on a journey through the world of film scores, during which the artist explores the ghost-like and infectious nature of film music and its influence on contemporary popular culture and the cultural psyche. The starting point is a childhood memory of his father playing the Harry Lime theme from The Third Man. After describing the scene, Bünger examines the influence of film music as evidenced in countless references in the history of film and popular culture. The scope of examples ranges from the music in George Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead to the performance of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.

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THE LIVE-PERFORMANCE IS PART OF THE EXHIBITION HIS MASTER´S VOICE: ON VOICE AND LANGUAGE

HIS MASTER'S VOICE: On Voice and Language is an exhibition on the performativity of voice and language, the inauthenticity and uncanniness of speaking, voice as a political speech act, and language as performative utterance. The exhibition will examine the 'urge to speak in contemporary art' (Sabine Maria Schmidt). Artists are increasingly interested in speech acts and the corporeality and performativity of the human voice, tackling a broad range of issues from the analysis of the voice as an indicator of presence and identity to examinations of historic and contemporary political rhetoric, including such extreme forms as hate speech.

The exhibition includes works by Christophe Bruno (FR), Erik Bünger (SE), William S. Burroughs & Anthony Balch (US), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (TR), YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (KR), Dortmunder Sprechchor (DE), Jakup Ferri (KOS), Jochen Gerz (DE), Richard Grayson (UK), Asta Gröting (DE), Daniel Hofer (DE), Anette Hoffmann / Andrea Bellu / Matei Bellu / Regina Sarreiter (DE), International Institute of Political Murder (CH), Ignas Krunglevicius (LT/NO), Bruce Nauman (US), Stefan Panhans (DE), Julius Popp (DE), Laure Prouvost (FR/UK), Kathrin Resetarits (AT), Peter Rose (US), Manuel Saiz (ES), Anri Sala (AL), Richard Serra with Nancy Holt (US), Katarina Zdjelar (SR/NL), Artur Zmijewski (PL), and others.

Curated by Inke Arns
Location: HMKV at the Dortmunder U (3rd floor)
Duration: 23 March 2013 - 28 July 2013

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Further information, detailed exhibition programme, workshops and events:
hmkv.de

Videoproduction by Aischa Butt, David Figura (kulturfilm.eu)

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