Art‘s Birthday

2018 / 21:50 – 22:10 [gmt] live from BERLIN

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thus time goes by


Radio station:                                 Dlf Kultur – Klangkunst
Venue/s of the event:                  Kantine am Berghain
Links:                                                   Arturas Bumšteinas
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Live from Kantine am Berghain, Berlin
A collaboration between Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Klangkunst), Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für Neue Musik and Berghain, Elektroakustischer Salon

thus time goes by
by Arturas Bumšteinas
Text: Robert Filliou
Choir: PHØNIX16

„thus time goes by“ is a vocal adaptation of Robert Filliou‘s text „Whispered Art History“ (1963) which features the first mention of the art‘s actual birthday (as according to the French Fluxus artist). The text starts with the description of anonymous man who, 1 million years ago, for the first time conceived art by dropping a dry sponge into a bucket full of water. In general the text consists of 12 similar descriptions of almost domestic, yet slightly eccentric situations of creativity, relayed in the chronological, calendar manner.
Vocalists of the Phonix16 ensemble were invited to the studio one-by-one and asked to improvise along with the Filliou‘s own whispered recording. Every vocalist improvised melodies and tones that were later used by the composer to create a human polylogue of the diverse personal tastes and spontaneously arisen musical patterns.
Twelve vocalists on stage (including the conductor) take us through one-million-year-long history of emanations of creativity and presents us with the objects of it‘s evidence.

Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Klangkunst) and composed during the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin residency programme, 2017.

LP of Robert Filliou’s “Whispered Art History” is released on Slowscan Records, vol.30.

Arturas Bumšteinas (b.1982, Vilnius) is composer / sound artist working in the fields of performative sound art, radio, installations, experimental acoustic and electronic music (also under his Refusenik moniker). He is founding member of various ensembles and groups; since the year 2000 he has collaborated with many international artists, his exhibitions and interdisciplinary projects were presented in dozens of events around Europe; festivals where his music and art projects were presented include The Holland Festival, Sensoralia / Romaeuropa, Angelica, Vilnius Jazz, Kody, Skanumezs, Cut & Splice, etc. His music is published by labels such as Bolt, Cronica, Unsounds, Con-v, Sangoplasmo and others. In the year 2013 he was awarded “Palma Ars Acustica” prize for radiophonic arts. Bumšteinas is an artist-in-residence at DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm in year 2017.

 

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