Opening May 2nd, 16:00
Exhibition dates: May 3 – May 23, 2015
FESTIVAL: MAY 23, 2015
15.00 Doors open
15.30 Openings words by Francesco + book presentation
16.15 Danielle Liebeskind
17.00 Jan Tumlir
17.45 Bert Scholten
18.30 Food break - playful interventions by Barreuh
19.00 DJ Oscar Wyers
20.00 Peter Fengler performative lecture
21.00 Movements and Centres
21.45 After drinks
In the dynamics of the creative undertow, experimental music and visual culture meet. With an investigative approach, the Set-up project reveals the flow of energy that encourages artists to release sound tracks on their own account and to bring about a new relationship between art and music. Foregrounding the independent spirit through books, an exposition and an event, as a living archive, Set-up is a public backstage meeting place for contemporary labels, for artists and musicians from past and present, from around the world and from around the corner.
Set-up is composed of an exhibition and publication by Francesco Spampinato on artist labels (artists who start a music label alongside their art practice) and the publication "The Magic Circle" written by Jan Tumlir charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.
Set-up references the stories of historical artist labels and synergetic experimental art spaces and discusses them from a present-day perspective. The tension between the eighties and nineties counterculture and mass popular culture will be actualised in the spirit of - and in dialogue with - the current generation’s positions, perhaps with different ways of production and distribution. Onomatopee will provide a stage for these dynamics and frictions: a bookshelf to lean on and a wall to kick and scream against.
Combining research, concert and exhibition, Set-up offers a continuous to-and-fro between a theoretical framework and a breathing reality, with room for the movement to pause and coagulate into an exhibition and a publication or to summon a call for action through the energy released at the live performances. Personal connections will come about during the festival day with its various lectures and concerts, making the informal a starting point to explore a more formal depth.
PUBLICATION (soon to be published through Onomatopee)
Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," L.A. Art writer Jan Tumlir’s "The Magic Circle" is a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.