PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS is a series of performances based on sound and spoken word, irregularly organized by THE OFFICE.
The events take place at TIERGARTEN EINS in Berlin's neighborhood of Hansaviertel.

THE OFFICE invites artists and other cultural producers to develop a site specific project for the particular acoustics at the ground floor of Eternithaus. The building was constructed by the architect Paul Baumgarten in 1957 for IBA, the International Construction Fair. The city of Berlin has invited numerous, highly prestigious architects such as Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Bruno Taut, and others, built a new urban plan according to how they imagined the modern city of the future.


PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS PRESENTS: DANI GAL & ACHIM LENGERER

Dani Gal and Achim Lengerer - WHAT YOU DOIN' TAPIN' (with William Furlong)

Saturday, July 23, 7 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Bar open before and after for drinks in the garden!

During the evening Achim Lengerer and Dani Gal will play the composition "What you doin' tapin'", an oral documentation of a visit they made to the London studio of British artist William Furlong. "What you doin' tapin'" is a reference to Furlong's Audio Arts archive of interviews with artists and to Furlong's other sound pieces. Lengerer and Gal have been collaborating since 2006 on their project "voiceoverhead". "voiceoverhead" deals with performative aspects of speech, sound documents and archived spoken language. In the past years they have realized exhibitions and performances in close collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and filmmakers in various venues such as INSA ART SPACE, Seoul; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; PORTIKUS, Frankfurt am Main; DEUTSCHE GUGGENHEIM, Berlin and recently at FORUM EXPANDED, BERLINALE together with Deutschlandradio Kultur, Berlin. In addition to their listening session Gal and Lengerer will present further interviews and tapes from the Audio Arts Archive and will launch their new poster and CD edition.

Dani Gal
born in Jerusalem, 1975, Lives and works in Berlin. Gal is the winner of the Ars Viva award for 2009. His work has been exhibited in a solo project for Art Basel 41: Statements, as well as in the Loge Biennial, Poland, 2010. He has shown in group exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Fondazione Torino Musei, Italy; and Galeria d'art Estrany De la mota, Barcelona. His work is currently on view in the 54th Biennale di Venezia.

Achim Lengerer
is an artist working in Berlin and Amsterdam. He deals with questions of language, which he realizes in performances, publications and installations. He has been running the traveling exhibition space and publishing house Scriptings since 2009. Scriptings functions as a discursive platform, building on and running parallel to Lengerer’s solo projects. Artists, writers, graphic designers, performers, and publishers – all those who make use of “script” and “text” formats in their respective production processes – are invited to take part in Scriptings. Lengerer is currently working on a publication and performance in multiple parts called "ZOOOOM: Little Body Beating Heart".

Audio Arts Archive and William Furlong
was launched in 1973 by Barry Barker and British sculptor William Furlong (b.1944, GB). From 1973 to 2006, Audio Arts published 25 volumes of 4 issues of the Audio Arts Cassettes (later releasing LPs and CDs as well). Interviewees include: Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, R. Buckminster Fuller, Hermann Nitsch, Mario Merz, Gerhard Richter, Nam June Paik, as well as an interview with WB Yeats' daughter and readings by Yeats himself. With the acquisition of the Audio Arts archive by Tate Britain, London, in 2004, over 200 boxes of master tapes used to edit the magazine are now secured for research.

*Kindly supported by Jan-van-Eyck Academie, NL

With thanks to Galerie und Buchandlung Barbara Wien/Wilma Lukatsch


 PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS PRESENTS: Hollow Earth - Steve Rowell


  

The inner chamber of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen Island, Norway

Friday May 20, 7:00 - 10:00pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Steve Rowell's "Hollow Earth" imports sounds from distant underground spaces to the Tiergarten. Utilizing the translucent glass box of the Eternithaus building as a resonant medium, Rowell displaces the listener by amplifying these recorded, remote room tones, thereby de-contextualizing the present, physical space. This experience – perceived shifting thresholds of hearing and imagined sound source location – is designed as a psychoacoustic exercise. The non-site of the event space becomes a mere reference point for other places far removed from the listener's immediate experience. Over the past year Rowell has collected field recordings from vaults and subterranean archives that have been designed to protect their contents against the entropic effects of time and predicted disasters, natural or man-made. The types of sites selected are telling; they represent the need to establish reserves, shelters as contingencies against the inevitable.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, high in the Arctic, stores the world's largest collection of crop seeds in a location chosen to survive the worse-case scenarios of climate change and global catastrophe. A former federal reserve site and cold war bunker in Culpeper Virginia, outside the projected blast radius of Washington D.C., is the current location of the largest audio/visual archive in the world where all forms of media, from wax cylinders to streaming satellite transmissions are collected, encoded, disinfected, and stored for an indefinite period of time. The New York Federal Reserve is where a quarter of the world's gold reserves are kept, 80 feet below Wall Street, on subterranean Manhattan bedrock.

The vacuous presence and engineered acoustic signatures, pitches, and timbres of these spaces, dislocated from their original sources, will be realized in the form of a looping audio program with no beginning or end.

Recordings from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is part of a larger project about Svalbard in collaboration with artists Annesofie Norn (Berlin) and Signe Lidén (Bergen). Recordings from the Culpeper A/V vault is part of an ongoing project on Underground spaces across the USA in collaboration with the Los Angeles based Center for Land Use Interpretation.


PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS present: CYCLO

cyclo. – ryoji ikeda & carsten nicolai cyclo. (ryoji ikeda + carsten nicolai)

Sunday, March 6th, 6.00 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Please rsvp to rsvp@theoffice.li
Admission: 3€

Live at YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2010

A decade since its inception, Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai are relaunching their collaborative project, cyclo., a project that focuses on the visualisation of sound and seeks to create a new hybrid of visual art and music. Both leading electronic composers/artists from Japan and Germany respectively, Ikeda and Nicolai release their second album in March 2011 (CD/EP on raster-noton), that will later be followed by a publication with an extensive presentation of their visuals. Since the beginning of the cyclo. project, the artists have developed a database of sounds composed to produce visual responses when analysed in real time with the help of stereo image monitoring equipment. Phase and amplitude of stereo signals can be illustrated graphically: the audio elements are constructed through the minute editing of frequencies (often beyond the physical range of human hearing) and selected by the artists for their visual characteristics when analysed. Through processes of composition, editing and experiment, cyclo. is amassing an ‘infinity index’ of sound fragments. In building this archive, Ikeda and Nicolai transcend the usual dynamic whereby image acts merely as a functional accompaniment to sound. Instead, the audio element in the process is subservient to the desire and appetite of the image. 


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL present: STRUCK MODERNISM

An evening with Florian Dombois and friends

Program: Performance - book launch - concert

Thursday November 4th, 6.30 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

"Angeschlagene Moderne" (Struck Modernism) is the title of a new work by Florian Dombois for which he was awarded the German Sound Art Award in 2010. During an evening event bearing the same name, Dombois will transform the sound material – sounds of 48 sculptures from the Museum Glaskasten in Marl that he had set into natural vibration with a hammer – into an interactive game performance. This will be followed by the launch of the catalogue "Florian Dombois: What Are the Places of Danger. Works 1999-2009" (edited by Kunsthalle Bern, Berlin: argobooks, 2010), which will be fresh off the press. Then, in the second part, a concert will be held featuring further adaptations of "Struck Modernism" with special guests ALBERTO DE CAMPO, CHRISTINA KUBISCH, HANS-PETER KUHN, and JAN SVENUNGSSON


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: THE TENTH ASSAULT ON KAZAN

Featuring members of The Fax Orchestra & Boutros Boutros
conducted by Annika Larsson & Dieter Roelstraete


Wednesday, June 30 2010
8pm
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

The Fax Orchestra & Boutros Boutros perform
Piece for Two Gongs (1972)
conducted by Annika Larsson & Dieter Roelstraete

The long-awaited, much-anticipated – in some quarters at least, and by themselves first and foremost – European début of Berlin’s premier gong & mallet instrument ensemble. Featuring Sophie Hamacher, Annika Larsson, Dieter Roelstraete, Micky Schubert, Monika Szewczyk and many other as of yet unconfirmed participants, The Tenth Assault On Kazan will be performing Piece for Two Gongs (1972). With an introduction by the conductors/composers.

0. Introduction: Various Controversial Points of Gnostic Doctrine
1. First Movement: Worshipping the Outer Forms; On Hearing Our Vexations; Arguing Over the Price of Orchids
2. Second Movement: Awaiting the Apostates; The Transference of Sanctity from One Center to Another
3. Third Movement: Assembly of the Sagacious; ‘Drei Abhandlungen über frühe trinitarische Formeln’
4. Fourth Movement: The Cloak of Divine Retribution; Her Majesty’s Severity in Suppression
5. Fifth Movement & Conclusion: Deliverance From Error Through the Apprehension of the Celestial Order of Things; Lustration of the Infant


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: KIRA KIRA

Kira Kira - Fortunate Fires

Saturday, May 29 2010
Doors open at 8 pm - Showtime at sunset
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Kira Kira has created a library of fires, archives of flames grand and small found through a slice of a lifetime. The collecting of fires began long ago with household explosives, namely matches, sparklers and fireworks who found all their glorious randomness tamed into rhythms that can be heard to this day, thanks to the library of fires.

Fortunately, fires never sound the same. Their sonic texture varies according to the amount of air they get to feed on; hence small fires don’t have much wind in them while grand ones often have great storms to spur them on. But the thing that affects the sound of a fire most is of course the thing that burns.

Strictly speaking there is no way to control disasters, especially not natural disasters. But we die trying. We can capture a volcanic eruption on tape and reverse it. There’s nothing nature can do about that.

************
Kira Kira is a constant enigma- extremely hard to define and almost impossible to anticipate. As a founding member of Icelandic art collective Kitchen Motors, she has been a pivotal figure in contemporary Icelandic music, composing music extensively for theatre, dance and film and creating a myriad of sound and film installations everywhere from Beijing to New York. Taking a particular interest in blurring the lines between music and visual arts Kira appears in castle towers, old cinemas, museums or curious hidden places and creates lasting images of singing black holes, dueling smoke machines and exploding cassette tapes across the globe.
Ben Frost.

More info: www.this.is/kirakira / myspace.com/trallaladykirakira / www.this.is/kitchenmotors


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: HANS BERG

Hans Berg: Remixes
A Sound Performance based on the first video animation by Nathalie Djurberg

Friday, December 11
8 pm
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Nathalie Djurberg
Still from Untitled (Sunset), 1999
Oil painting animation, super 8 film, silent
1:03 min.
Courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery New York and Galleria Gió Marconi Milan

The Sound Performance Remixes by Hans Berg consists of a number of diverse sound pieces which refer to the collaboration of Berg with the visual artist Nathalie Djurberg, for whose video animations Berg composes the sound track. Based on the very first animation of Djurberg – the short 2-minute animation of an oil-painted sunset – Berg changes its perception by the atmosphere the underlying music is implying. He almost exhaustingly plays through the various possible soundtracks and thus dissolves the structure of the image. He directs the attention of the viewer away from watching to listening and sensibilizes the audience for the music’s diversity.

Hans Berg is a Swedish Berlin-based artist and musician, who composes electronic music. He also collaborates with the Swedish video artist Nathalie Djurberg, for who’s he makes the music for her films.

PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS is a series of performances based on sound and spoken word, irregularly organized by THE OFFICE.
The events take place at TIERGARTEN EINS in Berlin's neighborhood of Hansaviertel.

THE OFFICE invites artists and other cultural producers to develop a site specific project for the particular acoustics at the ground floor of Eternithaus. The building was constructed by the architect Paul Baumgarten in 1957 for IBA, the International Construction Fair. The city of Berlin has invited numerous, highly prestigious architects such as Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Bruno Taut, and others, built a new urban plan according to how they imagined the modern city of the future.


PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS PRESENTS: DANI GAL & ACHIM LENGERER

Dani Gal and Achim Lengerer - WHAT YOU DOIN' TAPIN' (with William Furlong)

Saturday, July 23, 7 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Bar open before and after for drinks in the garden!

During the evening Achim Lengerer and Dani Gal will play the composition "What you doin' tapin'", an oral documentation of a visit they made to the London studio of British artist William Furlong. "What you doin' tapin'" is a reference to Furlong's Audio Arts archive of interviews with artists and to Furlong's other sound pieces. Lengerer and Gal have been collaborating since 2006 on their project "voiceoverhead". "voiceoverhead" deals with performative aspects of speech, sound documents and archived spoken language. In the past years they have realized exhibitions and performances in close collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and filmmakers in various venues such as INSA ART SPACE, Seoul; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; PORTIKUS, Frankfurt am Main; DEUTSCHE GUGGENHEIM, Berlin and recently at FORUM EXPANDED, BERLINALE together with Deutschlandradio Kultur, Berlin. In addition to their listening session Gal and Lengerer will present further interviews and tapes from the Audio Arts Archive and will launch their new poster and CD edition.

Dani Gal
born in Jerusalem, 1975, Lives and works in Berlin. Gal is the winner of the Ars Viva award for 2009. His work has been exhibited in a solo project for Art Basel 41: Statements, as well as in the Loge Biennial, Poland, 2010. He has shown in group exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Fondazione Torino Musei, Italy; and Galeria d'art Estrany De la mota, Barcelona. His work is currently on view in the 54th Biennale di Venezia.

Achim Lengerer
is an artist working in Berlin and Amsterdam. He deals with questions of language, which he realizes in performances, publications and installations. He has been running the traveling exhibition space and publishing house Scriptings since 2009. Scriptings functions as a discursive platform, building on and running parallel to Lengerer’s solo projects. Artists, writers, graphic designers, performers, and publishers – all those who make use of “script” and “text” formats in their respective production processes – are invited to take part in Scriptings. Lengerer is currently working on a publication and performance in multiple parts called "ZOOOOM: Little Body Beating Heart".

Audio Arts Archive and William Furlong
was launched in 1973 by Barry Barker and British sculptor William Furlong (b.1944, GB). From 1973 to 2006, Audio Arts published 25 volumes of 4 issues of the Audio Arts Cassettes (later releasing LPs and CDs as well). Interviewees include: Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, R. Buckminster Fuller, Hermann Nitsch, Mario Merz, Gerhard Richter, Nam June Paik, as well as an interview with WB Yeats' daughter and readings by Yeats himself. With the acquisition of the Audio Arts archive by Tate Britain, London, in 2004, over 200 boxes of master tapes used to edit the magazine are now secured for research.

*Kindly supported by Jan-van-Eyck Academie, NL

With thanks to Galerie und Buchandlung Barbara Wien/Wilma Lukatsch

 


PERFORMANCES AT ETERNITHAUS present: CYCLO

cyclo. – ryoji ikeda & carsten nicolai cyclo. (ryoji ikeda + carsten nicolai)

Sunday, March 6th, 6.00 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Please rsvp to rsvp@theoffice.li
Admission: 3€

Live at YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2010

A decade since its inception, Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai are relaunching their collaborative project, cyclo., a project that focuses on the visualisation of sound and seeks to create a new hybrid of visual art and music. Both leading electronic composers/artists from Japan and Germany respectively, Ikeda and Nicolai release their second album in March 2011 (CD/EP on raster-noton), that will later be followed by a publication with an extensive presentation of their visuals. Since the beginning of the cyclo. project, the artists have developed a database of sounds composed to produce visual responses when analysed in real time with the help of stereo image monitoring equipment. Phase and amplitude of stereo signals can be illustrated graphically: the audio elements are constructed through the minute editing of frequencies (often beyond the physical range of human hearing) and selected by the artists for their visual characteristics when analysed. Through processes of composition, editing and experiment, cyclo. is amassing an ‘infinity index’ of sound fragments. In building this archive, Ikeda and Nicolai transcend the usual dynamic whereby image acts merely as a functional accompaniment to sound. Instead, the audio element in the process is subservient to the desire and appetite of the image. 


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL present: STRUCK MODERNISM

An evening with Florian Dombois and friends

Program: Performance - book launch - concert

Thursday November 4th, 6.30 pm at Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus)
Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

"Angeschlagene Moderne" (Struck Modernism) is the title of a new work by Florian Dombois for which he was awarded the German Sound Art Award in 2010. During an evening event bearing the same name, Dombois will transform the sound material – sounds of 48 sculptures from the Museum Glaskasten in Marl that he had set into natural vibration with a hammer – into an interactive game performance. This will be followed by the launch of the catalogue "Florian Dombois: What Are the Places of Danger. Works 1999-2009" (edited by Kunsthalle Bern, Berlin: argobooks, 2010), which will be fresh off the press. Then, in the second part, a concert will be held featuring further adaptations of "Struck Modernism" with special guests ALBERTO DE CAMPO, CHRISTINA KUBISCH, HANS-PETER KUHN, and JAN SVENUNGSSON


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: THE TENTH ASSAULT ON KAZAN

Featuring members of The Fax Orchestra & Boutros Boutros
conducted by Annika Larsson & Dieter Roelstraete


Wednesday, June 30 2010
8pm
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

The Fax Orchestra & Boutros Boutros perform
Piece for Two Gongs (1972)
conducted by Annika Larsson & Dieter Roelstraete

The long-awaited, much-anticipated – in some quarters at least, and by themselves first and foremost – European début of Berlin’s premier gong & mallet instrument ensemble. Featuring Sophie Hamacher, Annika Larsson, Dieter Roelstraete, Micky Schubert, Monika Szewczyk and many other as of yet unconfirmed participants, The Tenth Assault On Kazan will be performing Piece for Two Gongs (1972). With an introduction by the conductors/composers.

0. Introduction: Various Controversial Points of Gnostic Doctrine
1. First Movement: Worshipping the Outer Forms; On Hearing Our Vexations; Arguing Over the Price of Orchids
2. Second Movement: Awaiting the Apostates; The Transference of Sanctity from One Center to Another
3. Third Movement: Assembly of the Sagacious; ‘Drei Abhandlungen über frühe trinitarische Formeln’
4. Fourth Movement: The Cloak of Divine Retribution; Her Majesty’s Severity in Suppression
5. Fifth Movement & Conclusion: Deliverance From Error Through the Apprehension of the Celestial Order of Things; Lustration of the Infant


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: KIRA KIRA

Kira Kira - Fortunate Fires

Saturday, May 29 2010
Doors open at 8 pm - Showtime at sunset
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Kira Kira has created a library of fires, archives of flames grand and small found through a slice of a lifetime. The collecting of fires began long ago with household explosives, namely matches, sparklers and fireworks who found all their glorious randomness tamed into rhythms that can be heard to this day, thanks to the library of fires.

Fortunately, fires never sound the same. Their sonic texture varies according to the amount of air they get to feed on; hence small fires don’t have much wind in them while grand ones often have great storms to spur them on. But the thing that affects the sound of a fire most is of course the thing that burns.

Strictly speaking there is no way to control disasters, especially not natural disasters. But we die trying. We can capture a volcanic eruption on tape and reverse it. There’s nothing nature can do about that.

************
Kira Kira is a constant enigma- extremely hard to define and almost impossible to anticipate. As a founding member of Icelandic art collective Kitchen Motors, she has been a pivotal figure in contemporary Icelandic music, composing music extensively for theatre, dance and film and creating a myriad of sound and film installations everywhere from Beijing to New York. Taking a particular interest in blurring the lines between music and visual arts Kira appears in castle towers, old cinemas, museums or curious hidden places and creates lasting images of singing black holes, dueling smoke machines and exploding cassette tapes across the globe.
Ben Frost.

More info: www.this.is/kirakira / myspace.com/trallaladykirakira / www.this.is/kitchenmotors


PERFORMANCES AT HANSAVIERTEL presents: HANS BERG

Hans Berg: Remixes
A Sound Performance based on the first video animation by Nathalie Djurberg

Friday, December 11
8 pm
at Tiergarten Eins. Altonaer Str. 1
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

Nathalie Djurberg
Still from Untitled (Sunset), 1999
Oil painting animation, super 8 film, silent
1:03 min.
Courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery New York and Galleria Gió Marconi Milan

The Sound Performance Remixes by Hans Berg consists of a number of diverse sound pieces which refer to the collaboration of Berg with the visual artist Nathalie Djurberg, for whose video animations Berg composes the sound track. Based on the very first animation of Djurberg – the short 2-minute animation of an oil-painted sunset – Berg changes its perception by the atmosphere the underlying music is implying. He almost exhaustingly plays through the various possible soundtracks and thus dissolves the structure of the image. He directs the attention of the viewer away from watching to listening and sensibilizes the audience for the music’s diversity.

Hans Berg is a Swedish Berlin-based artist and musician, who composes electronic music. He also collaborates with the Swedish video artist Nathalie Djurberg, for who’s he makes the music for her films.