ephemeropteræ 2017/#7 – Florian Hecker

Florian Hecker, '3 Channel Chronics' (performance), Push & Pull, Mumok, Vienna, 12. Oktober 2010, Processed Performance Still, original photography © Manuel Gorkiewicz, 2010

At ephemeropteræ #7  Florian Hecker presents his brand new work Formulation As Texture, a pluriphonic synthetic composition. Structured as seven different and completely resynthesized interpretations of an original sound piece, the overall spatial composition and the proximity of these versions produces a maze of distinct resolutions, gradations, scales, similarities and differences; all synchronized in the minutest details, yet highly diverse in their material register. The subject of the analysis of sound and the quantification of auditory sensation dates back to the beginnings of psychophysics, in the late 19th century, and has developed continually since. The material that makes up Formulation As Texture respond to this history, featuring contemporary models of analysis, abstraction, description and further resynthesis of algorithmically generated sound and an amalgamation of the same. At its core Formulation As Texture is employing a novel algorithm for sound texture synthesis developed by Axel Roebel and members of the Analysis Synthesis team at IRCAM, Paris.

Florian Hecker works with synthetic sound, the listening process and the audience's auditory experience. Inhabiting the domains of performance, installation, and publications, Hecker's projects are exploring compositional postwar modernity, audiology, and psychoacoustical knowledge. His recent work Inspection (Maida Vale Project) was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as the BBC’s first ever live binaural broadcast, and FAVN has been presented at Alte Oper Frankfurt in partnership with MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (both 2016). His collaboration with Reza Negarestani, A Script for Machine Synthesis, has been performed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and at the Maison de la Radio, Paris (both 2015); and Formulation (FLV Project) was presented as part of the inaugural exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014). Recent major exhibitions and performances include “Florian Hecker—Formulations,” MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2016); “Florian Hecker—Formulations,” Culturgest, Porto; and those at Künstlerhaus Graz, and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (all 2015); Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu / MD72, Berlin; Articulação, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; and Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (all 2012). Hecker has an extensive discography, including A Script for Machine Synthesis (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Articulação Sintetico (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera (Pan, Berlin, 2015); Articulação (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2014); Chimerization (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2012); Speculative Solution (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2011); and Acid in the Style of David Tudor (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2009). In November 2017, Hallucination, Perspective, Synthesis, a major exhibition of Hecker’s will be shown at Kunsthalle Wien.
July 14, 2017 at 7 pm
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna
free admission
supported by
Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein