performance, concert, installation

fri. 12. jan. 2007 | 8:30 pm

'emperor remixed' -- beethovens 5. piano concerto

rechenzentrum -- electronics, music and moving imagery
ueli wiget -- piano

instead of the omnipresent new year's performances of the ninth symphony of ludwig van beethoven, tesla begins the year with a controversial experiment: in 2006, the berlin-based band rechenzentrum [marc weiser - sound/ lillevan - video] and the frankfurt am main-based pianist ueli wiget [ensemble modern, etc.] performed a new version of beethoven's famous fifth piano concerto, opus 73, in japan. after various performances in asia, this project will have its european premiere at tesla. rechenzentrum takes on the role of the orchestra, and the pianist plays the solo part of the piece.

fri. 19. jan. 2007 | 10:30 pm

xylocopa violacea -- solo per viola

lucia ronchetti: composition
barbara maurer: viola
claudia doderer: space and light
live electronic realisation: experimentalstudio für akustische kunst e.v.
reinhold braig: sound direction and music computing

the famous freiburg-based violist barbara maurer [ensemble recherche, etc.] performs works of the young italian composer lucia ronchetti for the first time. the three works span from studi profundi, written in 1984, to the premiere of last desire - cadenza for viola and live electronics. for this first tesla nachtstudio, the berlin-based artist claudia doderer has developed a spatial concept which transforms the kubus into a place of intensive musical and visual perception.

with the kind support of the istituto italiano di cultura berlin, experimentalstudio für akustische kunst e.v., electronic studio of the tu berlin, und the daad artist-in-residence program.

sat. 20. jan. 2007 | 10:30 pm to 01:30 am

room piece berlin 2007 - concert installation

michael schumacher: composition, piano und live-electronic
kurt ralske: live-video
michael moser: violoncello

in his multi-channel concert-installation room piece berlin 2007, the new york composer michael schumacher structures the geometry of the kubus through singular deliberately arranged sound-spots. the listener is positioned within a cluster of intertwined sound elements, which determine the rhythmic order of the concert-installation. the new york video artist kurt ralske provides a visual counterpoint to the music with a rhythmically structured real-time video composition. the live elements of both music and video are generated using the same algorithms. the three-hour-long concert-installation remains open to the public into the late-night hours.

with friendly support from the daad artist-in-residence program and the electronic studio of the tu berlin.

thurs. 25. and fri. 26. jan. 2007 | 10:30 pm

piano optophonique

works for piano and video bykotoka suzuki, shintaro imai, inouk demers, oliver schneller

heather o'donnell: klavier
rainer kohlberger: live video
gerhard daurer: audio processing

in two nachtstudios on the second weekend of ultrashall, the pianist heather o'donnell premieres four works for piano and video by kotoka suzuki and claudia rohrmoser, shintaro imai, inouk demers, and oliver schneller. the entire program is influenced by a search for synthesis of sensory perceptions in artistic expression.

supported by the hauptstadtkulturfonds. with kind support from the daad artist-in-residence program and the electronic studio of the tu berlin.

thurs. 01. | fri. 02. | sat. 03. feb. 2007 | 8:30 pm

chris salter schwelle

schwelle is a broadly conceived three-part media art project on the oldest subject of humankind. it explores the borderlines of consciousness at the threshold [schwelle] of death. for transmediale '07, tesla presents parts 1 and 2.

the individual sections of this project are based on the tibetan book of the dead. this holy work is meant to be read in the last minutes of life and serves as a guide through the chaotic transition from life into death. each part takes the audience on a trip through various worlds of experience. part 1 is a tempestuous meditation, in which the moments leading up to death are experienced through imagery and sound.

in part 2, the audience observes artist michael schumacher, who danced with forsythe's ballett frankfurt for many years, as his body embarks on a material wandering. bathed in a halogen light-sphere in which color, intensity and sound are constantly changing, it remains material, yet it is no longer physical. cordless electronic sensors expand the environment of schwelle, allowing the artist's movements and gestures to control light, sound, and objects to create a choreographyin real-time. the dancer merges with the space around him.
the project is a co-production between artists and researchers from cultural and scientific instituations in germany, holland, canada, and the usa.

schwelle, part 2, is a workshop project, which was produced in 2006 in canada and berlin and will be performed at tesla zur transmediale.

sat. 10. feb. 2007 and tue. to thurs. | 13. to 21. feb. 2007 | 6:00 to 10:00 pm

opening: fri. 09. feb. 2007 | 8:30 pm

waveform osc III

installation, 2007

concept, music, audio-visual environment: ulf langheinrich
software: dirk langheinrich
compositing: wolfgang schwarzenbrunner

vibrations, interference between image and light-source, receptive borderline conditions, internalization, absolute beauty.

fri. 16. and sat. 17 feb. 2007 | 8:30 pm


akemi takeya [j/a] / ulf langheinrich [d/a/gh]

the voice is transferred in real-time into a multiphonic choir, the figure gives way to an image bathed in light.

fri. 23. and sat. 24 feb. 2007 | 8:30 pm


akemi takeya [j/a] / ulf langheinrich [d/a/gh]

discipline, inspection, and rhythm distinguish the work of the vienna-based choreographer, curator, and performer akemi takeya.

weathering focuses on elementary human movement: standing, walking, lying down, sitting. the body is regarded as a kinetic object. the inner energy follows an imagined form, which is translated into movement, from which a figure is developed. the electronic space stands independent, not commenting on the body's performance. the ambivalence of nearness and togetherness.

'action accomplishes nothing. time is running out.' from beginning to end, takeya's movements and langheinrich's kindred audio-visual environment pursue a strategy which creates a condition of timelessness.