Concurrently with the presentation of Ryoji Ikeda’s data.tron in De Vleeshal, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal will feature work by three like-minded artists: Thomas Köner, Jürgen Reble en Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag. As does Ikeda, these artists offer their audience a complete, intense immersion in sound, imagery and time. Their work is characterized by a highly minimalist approach, resulting in a variety of – hypnotic, hallucinatory or contemplative – experiences. The exhibition is curated by artist and director of the Amsterdam Sonic Acts Festival Lucas van der Velden.
Thomas Köner – Nuuk
In Nuuk Thomas Köner (1965, Bochum) condenses 3000 web-cam images made in Greenland and Finland into a single grey-white snow landscape. In combination with its hypnotizing soundtrack, Nuuk evokes a mesmerizing sense of glacial stasis.
Thomas Köner’s career is marked by variety. He has worked as sound engineer, released numerous influential techno records, remixed compositions by (among others) Claude Debussy and Nine Inch Nails, and has made several video works and installations. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his works in these fields.
Jürgen Reble Yamanote Lightblast
The starting point for Jürgen Reble’s Yamanote Lightblast consisted of images filmed from Tokyo’s Yamanote train as it travelled its route around the city. Reble transferred these images to 16mm and treated them with chemicals, thus creating a sombre journey through clouds of film particles, accompanied by an equally dark soundtrack.
Jürgen Reble (1956, Düsseldorf) was a member of the cinematographic collective Schmelzdahin from 1979 to 1989. He has worked with Thomas Köner on films, installations and performances. He creates imagery for Porter Ricks’ concerts and is collaborating with Andreas Mellwig on imagery for Mellwig’s work Barockmaschine.
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag 612.43WEISS
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s work on exhibit in De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, 612.43WEISS, combines two historical documents produced in 1943: a photograph of Stalingrad and a recording made in the same year of Schubert`s famous song Der Leiermann, performed by baritone Hans Hotter. With razor sharp precision and a keen sense of timing Sonntag brings photo- and phonographically captured moments from the past back to life – in a work that can best be described as ‘almost film’.
Sonntag (1965, Lübeck) studied art and its history, composition and philosophy. He has received several prizes for his work. Over the past four years he has been working on his sonArc-projekt which focuses on the structure of electricity and the codification of high tension electrically charged plasmas.
Lucas van der Velden
Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) is a founding member of the artist’s collective Telcosystems and director of the Amsterdam Sonic Acts festival. In 2001, as 0010, he exhibited his work in De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal.