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event:Project Presentation #4: Marcus Kaiser
date:Jun 09, 2018
artist:Marcus Kaiser
location:San Serriffe
Sint Annenstraat 30,
1012 HE Amsterdam
Doors open: 20:00, performance starts 20:30
Entrance: €5 suggested donation

details:Project Presentation #4: Marcus Kaiser 'an einem ort - an einem anderen ort' (since 2000)

For the 4th Project Presentation at San Serriffe we have invited Marcus Kaiser to present "an einem ort - an einem anderen ort' (in one place - another place), a piece which started in 2000 in Cologne.

‘The least classifiable member of Wandelweiser is Marcus Kaiser. He is a cellist–painter–architect–composer–builder/designer–maker of sound pieces–video artist. Marcus does not juggle these activities – he works on all of them simultaneously as if they were part of some vast rhizomatic assemblage. He paints jungles the way they grow: adding layer after layer of green until it is nearly a monochrome. He records individual layers of sound regularly over the course of many days, until, when simultaneously played back, these recordings reach a point of near saturation (in which, however, sonic features remain distinguishable). He designs desks that serve as workspaces in a communal environment. His work is grand in scope, but not oversized; it is bold, but presented with gentleness and humility. (These last two are deeply personal qualities that anyone who knows Marcus will recognize.)’ – Michael Pisaro

The piece transports musical and acoustic signatures from place to place. With each new room acting as a filter, sounds are slowly changed, washed out, eroded.

A performance of the work is divided into two parts of 25 minutes, separated by a break. During each part, an instrumentalist plays some distinctly different sounds (from short, dry and rather loud sounds to a very soft and very long sustained sound per part). Each part is being recorded via room microphones and played back into the space during the following part.

The instrumentalist (in collaboration with the audience and the ambient noise) thus adds new material to the ever evolving mixture of performances, deciding how to arrange the instrumental materials in detail and in relation to the specifics of previous instances of the piece.

Following this routine, the ensembled and aging voice of all previous performances is being transported to the next place where is functions as the basic layer for a new interpretation. Over time, a flow equilibrium arises between new incoming sounds and older sounds that slowly disappear in the background noise.