The Vienna Poetry School starts its series Soundlines, lecture-performances on acoustic literature, curated by Juergen Berlakovich and Jörg Piringer

bernhard gal by sfd

The mediation of acoustic poetry already has a long tradition in the history of the Schule fuer dichtung (The Vienna School of Poetry). Ernst Jandl, Gerhard Rühm and Henri Chopin are among those poets who, in their readings and workshops have regularly dealt with the wide variety of forms and developments that comprise acoustic literature. At irregular intervals in 2013, lecture-performances will be organised on this topic at the Schule for dichtung (Sfd). Authors and artists will talk about their work in this intermediate zone between sound and literature, and present examples of it in the form of short live performances.

The 1st Soundlines event in 2013 “Its like” will comprise a lecture along with a performance and it will take place in March 27, headed by the Austrian artist, composer and musicologist Bernhard Gál.


It’s like”

Since the release of his first solo CD “Bestimmung new york” (Durian, 1999) the examination of language resp. human voice plays a central role within Bernhard Gáls artistic oeuvre. In electro-acoustic compositions, sound installations, laptop performances and art projects within the public sphere, Gál has conceived a variety of artistic concepts concerning languages, voices and texts. However, the sonic potential of the selected, and mostly self-produced audio recordings, is always at the centre of his compositions. In “Hinaus:: In den, Wald.”, Gál transforms texts by Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli, the series of voice sculptures “Bestimmung New York” and “Bestimmung darmstadt”  present languages from Basque to Urdu. In his intermedia installations “Dissociated Voices”, “Green Voice”, and “Solo”, he combines voices within intense sound and light constellations. Further works are concerned with texts by the sound poet Henri Chopin, the Slovak aphorist Róbert Gál, or with oral history interviews with victims of the Holocaust.


Bernhard Gál

Owed to his multifaceted and interdisciplinary artistic approach, the Austrian artist, composer and musicologist Bernhard Gál is equally at home within the domains of contemporary music, installation art and media art. As of now, Gál has created around 80 sound installations and intermedia art projects, combining sound, light, objects, spatial concepts and video projections into intense and often site-specific, multidimensional art works. He also composes music for acoustic instruments and electro-acoustic music, as well as performing live as a (laptop) musician. Gál runs the art production platform Gromoga and is director of the Austrian non-profit art organization “Sp ce”. Together with Belma Beslic-Gál, he curates the Viennese Festival “Shut up and listen!”. Between 2006 and 2007 he taught Sound Art at the University of Arts in Berlin. Currently, Gál holds a research position at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary doctoral college “Art and the Public”. His work has been presented in concerts, sound installations, exhibitions, and radio portraits around the world, and made available on ca. 30 audio publications as well as various catalogue books and DVDs.

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