Happy birthday, Alvin!
The New York Times published a feature on the event earlier this week, too...
This Friday, May 14th 2021, will be the ninetieth birthday of Alvin Lucier. To celebrate, ISSUE Project Room in New York will be presenting a 26-hour live-stream, in which ninety artists will each present a version of his iconic 1969 work, ‘I am Sitting in a Room.’
Our intention for our research on the M-Bahn line, together with other lines from different eras of rail transport in Berlin and Brandenburg, is to juxtapose our documentation of these routes with machine-learning generated audio of non-existent trains—thus combining the physical routes of these now-absent trains with an accompaniment of nonexistent, computer-imagined sound.
As part of the research for ‘Other Trains,’ we re-traced the modern route of the M-Bahn track, now utterly transformed by the development of Potsdamer Platz and the surrounding areas over the last three decades.
Construction on this line began in the centre of Berlin in 1983, and had just opened for testing in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down, rendering the entire project obsolete overnight. In the end, the line only ran as an open part of the city’s transport network for a grand total of two weeks, in July 1991, before closing for good. Here are a couple of impressions from this week, along with an excerpt from one of the original promotional videos for the line.
Hi. Happy new year. Or, congratulations on your survival. Whatever feels more appropriate.
Year six of Minute/Year will be beginning later today, in Libken, Brandenburg, Germany. This year we added a light. The newsletter with all the details has just gone out. Take a look: https://mailchi.mp/39590121c69f/minute-year-2021
Back at the beginning of September, we presented a new work, ‘Alluvium,’ as part of the Ponderosa Unfestival 2020. Here’s a short intro. The work presented sound emerging from underground, outdoors, in a countryside garden — sound from the soil itself, and sounds from an accompanying ghostly choir of voices. We’ll have some more on this soon, but for now, just turn up the volume on this... 🎶🌱🔉
The Invisible Band featured contributions from Adriana Torres Topaga, Gerald Harringer, Sam Bunn, Aimilia Liontou and GG, Aron Hollinger, Rosa Fürpass-Netočný, and Christopher Haritzer. There is a full outline available on Medium — right here: https://medium.com/@kovacsodoherty/the-invisible-band-3cc1e17e5edf
Gabriela invited seven different musicians and improvisers to each be present in bb15 over one week, and to each add a layer to Minute/Year in turn, each evening at 20:20. This intervention allowed a kind of time-stretched collaborative process to unfurl — a point of encounter in the resonance of layered sound.
The whole festival begins today (11. August) at moonset — which, in case you didn’t know, is at 2:04pm — and goes until Thursday evening. You can listen on 88.4 FM in Berlin (and 90.7 FM in Potsdam), or online at https://datscharadio.de or https://fr-bb.org. There are a whole load of artists participating, so make sure to take a look at the whole line-up. 📡
We will also be doing an interview about the satellite, and the work we have done with its signals, and some other thoughts about radio waves, about space junk, about the universe, and more.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, 12. August, at 2:51pm exactly, we’ll be on the radio, with the LES-1 satellite. This will be part of Datscha Radio’s “Listening to the Universe — Radiophonien des Alls” radio-art festival. If all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will be live-intercepting the signal from the abandoned satellite and broadcasting it on Datscha Radio, from 2:51pm to 3:26pm, as it passes through the sky above Berlin.
Despite the spatial and temporal distance, The Invisible Band finds a point of encounter in the resonance of layered sound. The story is being written each day, as the event occurs.
And the first step in this process was already undertaken yesterday evening, by Adriana Torres Topaga. The results are visible in the video — make sure to turn up the volume. And keep an eye out for the coming days, as the other invitees add their layers.
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