December 19, 2015 – February 20, 2016
Museolaboratorio Ex Manifattura Tabacchi
Vico Lupinato 1, Città Sant’Angelo (Pescara) – Italy
Vernissage December 19, 2015
Enzo De Leonibus
texts in catalogue
lux 02. Innovative research between contemporary music and visual art.
A project to promote a different form of art, in the context of museums/galleries conceived as artistic spaces of knowledge.
Topografia del Vuoto.We are living beings conventionalised to writing and the semiotic superstructure of our civilization, with its plethora of regulations and codes. We are accustomed to simplification and revelation. We are idle, superficial human beings, who gave up their unique gaze for more comforting collective perceptions. Fear has taken over our life – We are afraid of the unknown, of self-awareness, of not being. Would you be able to deny it?
Experiencing Thomas Köner’s work demands appeasement and self-consciousness, a will to lose one’s way in someone else’s space – a lived space, translated into visions resurfacing from void, similar to Proustian memories in the endless flux of inner time. The epiphanies in Topografia del Vuoto are echoes from the deep, refractions of human and artistic resonances, findings of an explorer, who is taking a journey into himself, towards unknown destinations. The German artist’s work is topographic, in that it is a negation, an act of removal of the boundaries separating the ‘I’ from the space of the work, an inquiry into the possibility of a non-geography, where the viewer is a metaphysical event in the non-place of art.
Through Köner’s artistic gesture, the Museolaboratorio turns into a space of crossing sensory pathways, where lived and non-lived experiences ‘harmoniously’ co-exist: a mental landscape, where the vertical time of the work intersects the horizontal time of fruition, and the viewer, alone in the void, can explore undeletable memories. The viewers and the space, the outside reality and the artist, interpretation and expression exist in a continuum: Topografia del Vuoto is a circular shine, a testimony, a great perceptive mandala, tracing routes along the edges of uncharted territories.
Thomas Köner (b. 1965 in Bochum, Germany) studied at Musikhochschule Dortmund and CEM Studio Arnhem. He is a distinctive figure in the fields of contemporary music, techno and multimedia art, working across the spheres of composition, visual arts, installation work and music production. For more than three decades his work has been internationally recognised and he excelled in all the areas of his artistic activity, receiving awards such as Golden Nica Ars Electronica (Linz), Transmediale Award (Berlin), Best Young Artist at ARCO (Madrid), and many more.
His familiarity with both the visual and sonic arts resulted in numerous commissions to create music for silent films for the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and others. Likewise, he created installations for diverse situations for example ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago de Chile, to name a few.
His works are part of the collections of significant museums such as Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal.
Thomas Köner is continuing his close relationship with sound art by creating radiophonic works for the national Radio in Germany and France (Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR Studio Akustische Kunst, Radio France), while also working as a live performer and composer and producer. His music compositions from the early 90’s, including albums Permafrost, Nunatak and Teimo, were considered pioneering in the field of minimal electronic and are still in print (Type label). His current album Novaya Zemlya was released by Touch. Köner’s acclaimed production skills with his more beat-oriented duo Porter Ricks, whose album Biokinetics is considered “a classic of techno sound”, resulted in remix commissions for a.o. Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails.
His performances and installations are audiovisual meditations that explore our notion of time, memory and location. He invites audiences to enjoy impressions of depth, distance and disappearance, and to fathom the qualities of the space around our limits of perception.
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