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BERND KLUG: TRACES OF [DIS]LOCATION. The Austrian Cultural Forum as social instrument

THURSDAY AUG 13, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents

Sound Installation Opening | AUG 13, 2015
The Austrian Cultural Forum as social instrument

With this installation, Brooklyn-based, Austrian sound artist, composer, and improviser Bernd Klug transforms Raimund Abraham's iconic Austrian Cultural Forum NY in Midtown Manhattan into a social musical instrument. The publicly accessible, interactive environment extends over three floors and uses the architectural and institutional structures of the building to create different zones and layers of engagement. 

Within this interactive sonic environment, Klug continues his collaboration with German painter Johanna Tiedtke to create Bearing, a project exploring time and space.

Artists Bernd Klug, Johanna Tiedtke
Bernd Klug, Christopher Zimmerman
Advisors Bob Bielecki, Ezekiel Healy, Justin Den Herder, James Kelly, Sarah Millsaps Towles

The sound installation is the centerpiece of Liquid Architecture / Frozen Music - Moving Sounds 2015



The opening of the sound installation will take place from 6PM to 8PM and will feature performances by Mimu Merz and James Kelly. Admission is free. No RSVP required.



Bernd Klug is an Austrian born, Brooklyn based sound artist and double bassist. In sound installations and solo concerts, his music encounters our everyday circumstances as found forms and questions our perceptions of sound and social space. His solo double bass work focuses on the world inside and around the double bass: the bow, the body, and room frequencies lay the groundwork for a radical reduction of both the composer-performer's role and the traditional musical narrative. His installations make use of acoustic phenomena like feedback, room frequencies and electromagnetic waves and explore strings, wood, metal and other materials as audiovisual components.

For more information on Bernd Klug visit: http://klug.klingt.org/

Johanna Tiedtke lives and works in New York. She holds a diploma in Fine Arts from Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, and a MFA from Bard College, New York. Recent exhibitions include DOUBLE ACT, Overbeck- Gesellschaft Lübeck, Germany (2015); HAMBURGER BAHNHOF, Kai Erdmann Gallery, Hamburg; THIS RED DOOR, Kunsthalle Galapagos, New York (2014); PANEL DISCUSSION, Silvershed, New York (2014); VISIONEN, Museum Martha, Herford, Germany (2013). Among other grants, she received a yearlong DAAD graduate fellowship. In 2015, Revolver will publish Johanna Tiedtke's first monograph entitled HANNA BUROW.

Mimu Merz has her roots in visual and conceptual arts. She has studied Digital Arts at the University of Applied Arts and from this position dedicated herself to music. Working mainly as a vocalist and writer in German, English and French, she is interested in a variety of genres: Indie, Folk, Electronica, new music, improvisation, electro acoustics, spoken word, performance / happening.

James Kelly is an editor, educator and artist working with conceptual strategies of provision, contingency and collapse. He lives in Brooklyn.


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