Andrea Neumann & Mads Emil Nielsen: Creepage Current
12 October – 9 November 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, 11 October 2018, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
SONIC SPACE, a new exhibition series at Geoff Stern Art Space, opens with a sound installation by Andrea Neumann and Mads Emil Nielsen.
Creepage Current, the artists’ three-part acousmatic work, is realised via a sound system involving eight high-fidelity, three-way speakers. Each part of the work is derived from recordings of electronics by Nielsen and recordings of Neumann’s playing of her signature ‘inside piano’, a reduction of the piano to its strings, resonance board and cast-iron frame. Created by means of open improvisation, graphic scoring and multilayering, these recordings are remixed and spatialised through eight channels into a complex collage of sonic movement that elicits an impression of spatial texture and tactility.
Andrea Neumann (b. 1968), based in Berlin, studied classical piano at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Through her exploration of the piano for new sound possibilities in the fields of new and experimental music, she has been significantly involved in the formation and development of the Echtzeitmusik scene in Berlin. She has co-organised ‘Labor Sonor’, a series for experimental music, film and performance in Berlin since 2000 and Labor Sonor Festivals since 2015.
Mads Emil Nielsen (b. 1989), based in Copenhagen, is a musician and composer who works with basic sound sources, often combined with short percussive and orchestral samples, real sounds and an amplification of machine produced errors. In 2014 he founded arbitrary, a label and artistic platform on which he has released a series of graphic scores and recordings. He has recently performed at Présences électronique 2018 (Ina GRM, Paris) and Phono & Wundergrund Festival (DK).
Curated by Geoff Stern, SONIC SPACE consists of sound installations by artists who are active within the sound art scene in Berlin and internationally. The exhibition series explores sound’s materiality from a variety of artistic perspectives, reflecting the complex field of sound art in contemporary practice – from provocative noise manifestos and soundscapes of catastrophe to musical sculptures and conceptual critiques of social space.