Angelus Novus

  1. En 1956, agentes federales entran en su laboratorio y detienen al psicólogo y padre de la bioenergía Wilhelm Reich, al tiempo que requisan todos sus aparatos y documentos de investigación. Poco tiempo después, un tribunal le juzgó y condenó por estafador, falleciendo pocos días después en cárcel en extrañas circunstancias, mientras el gobierno norteamericano ordenaba QUEMAR públicamente toda su obra, un hecho tan significativamente repugnante como inaudito.

    Discípulo de Freud, Reich desarrolló una teoría particular sobre el carácter que el enfrentó con su maestro, y que le llevó a entender el mecanismo de la vida, la formación de la materia, el tratamiento del cáncer, la modificación y el control climático... Una visión demasiado lógica y coherente del Universo, que se contraponía con el azar, el único argumento final con el que el stablishemnt científico sigue ventilándose todavía ahora, todas las cuestiones trascendentales que rigen el Cosmos.

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    Digital Oil Paintings:

    The supreme discipline of art - oil painting - is back. It has been 13 days since a BP oil and gas exploration well blew out, setting fire to the drilling rig, which sank, killing 11 people. Ever since, crude oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, raising the prospects of a historic environmental disaster. Winds from the southeast have nudged the slick northward, where it floated Saturday near the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and has begun to paint the coastlines.

    Finally oil painting has evolved into generative bio-art, a dynamic process the world audience can watch live via mass media. Never before has this art form been as revelant and visible as today - only 9-11 was nearly as perfect, but in the genre of performance art. An oil painting on a 80.000 square miles ocean canvas with 32 million liters of oil - a unique piece of art.

    We exclusively use aeriall images from the oil spill. The files are ready-mades but we waived our right to use them "as is" and decided to use a special digital technique to produce a statement about the disconnection of form and color and about contemporary and futuristic imaging procedures. We use a compressor (sorenso codec) and consumer video editing-software and manually loop 2 frames, the image becomes liquid, transforms and deformes. These visualisations represent the "Verkuenstlichung" of nature and the "Vernatuerlichung" of art. Unedited oil-paintings of the event can be found via search-engines, on or on the NASA Earth Observatory website.

    UBERMORGEN.COM are well known for similar projects. What they wanted to achieve with these alienating and retro-visual "web-paintings", as they call it, is not clear. "Since we work for digital penetration of the art market " declared Hans Bernhard "we should get used to radical changes of our networked point of view and in particular about new forms of digital painting".

    "I saw the NASA earth observatory images and I was blown away", lizvlx stated "Finally traditional painting made its comeback as a high-tech innvovative art form and not as the starving grandparent of photography, video, digital art and performance. As a former painter I am thrilled and as a digital artist I want to work this material until it bleeds".

    "We're breaking new ground here. It's hard to formulate a defense for an artwork exploiting a human caused desaster that has no precedent, which is what this is," Curator Felix Vogel said, defending the artist duo UBERMORGEN.COM against not writing a response for "what is just a shift of perspective what you couldn't anticipate, but possibly with big impact on the art business."

    After the images and the video circulated online the feedback hit hard on UBERMORGEN.COM: "It is perverted and sick to compare a mass media spectacle and natural desaster with the century old tradition of fine art painting" comments a curator who chose to remain anonymous "it is obvious that this comes from the ice-breaking european techno-art avant-garde. They step onto our fine tradition without the slightest idea of the consequences - and i am not talking about the butterfly effect"!

    UBERMORGEN.COM have a record of experimental projects and radical positions. In 2001 they broadcast a live-webpainting "Attack on Democrazy" during the first 8 hours of the 9-11 attacks. They intuitively understood that the attack was a mass media intrusion, a "Media Hack". They are infamous for their Vote-Auction Media Hack, featuring the buying and selling of individual votes during the presidential election Al Gore vs. G.W. Bush in the year 2000. Since 2001 they work on different series of web-paintings, by definition non-functional websites serving as images rather than interactive document-structures.

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    Artistic Directors Mia Zabelka, Zahra Mani and Mia Makela

    The premiere of the GEHEIMNISSE EINER SEELE project took place at Vienna Konzerthaus on 6.10.2009 with the participation of following artists:

    Mia Zabelka _ E-Violin, Voice, Electronics, Laptop
    Zahra Mani _ Laptop, Contrabass
    Franz Hautzinger _ Trompete
    Manon-Liu Winter _ Piano
    Martin Janicek _ Percussion
    Mia Makela _ Visuals

    The Austrian director G.W. Pabst's silent film "Geheimnisse einer Seele" (The Secrets of a Soul, 1926) is based on one of Sigmund Freud's case studies. It was the first film that addressed psychoanalysis and combines abstract and surreal dream sequences with scenes from an everyday bourgeois world. The film grows out of this tension between two mutually exclusive worlds, which each threaten the existence of the other. The story and structure of the film provide a good starting point for music that exists on the boundaries between contemporary composed and improvised music.

    The video score, which Mia Makela will play live during the performance, consists of new combinations of shots, scenes, people, objects, places and sceneries from the original silent film. The complexity of the graphic material contributes to the psychological and visual complexity of the performance as whole, which merges the unmistakable aesthetics of expressionist silent film with the experimental adventures of contemporary sound and moving image composition and performance.

    The visuals fulfill the function of a score for the musicians, who "read" it from their video monitors and who as a sound body reflect the conscious and subconscious complexity of human existence, where the whole consists of individual parts, each complete, in some way self-contained yet always interactive and interdependent on the other elements. The essence of the ensemble lies in each individual member's personal contributions to the sound, each individual background, thought process and way of playing.

    The copyrights of the movie are granted for the project and the intertitles of the movie can be subtitled in English.

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  5. A collaboration between Antonio Domínguez (Real Time Video) and Fernando Vigueras (Guitar).


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