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Set-up

the synergetic mobilisation of experimental music and visual culture.

Onomatopee 109

Opening May 2nd, 16:00

Exhibition dates: May 3 – May 23, 2015


FESTIVAL: MAY 23, 2015

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Bands
Bert Scholten
Danielle Liebeskind
Movements and Centres (Gert-Jan prins, Freek Lomme and Joan van Barneveld)

Performances
Peter Fengler
Barreuh
DJ Oscar Wyers

Talks
Jan Tumlir
Francesco Spampinato

Market
Cosmic Volume, Oggy Records, Inner Landscapes, DE PLAYER, Lekker Kut Platenmaatschappij, WHITE SUIT PROJECTIONS, Barreuh, Onomatopee

Time table
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.

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Publication

Jan Tumlir, 2015

The Magic Circle. On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records.

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Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," "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.

Our experience of music is immersive and immediate, but what is the proper tense of a music that exists only on record, and consciously attends to the sense of history implied by that term?
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP is released in 1967, once the band decides to stop touring. This limit-condition is crucial to the emergence of the concept album, and more generally of art-rock. Sgt. Pepper is taken as an anchor point for this writing, which maps the passage of the album form into a self-reflective aesthetic object, but one that remains an openly commercial product.
The Beatles' brass avatars on Sgt. Pepper address their contemporary moment through figures drawn from the past, and this is also applied as a rule in the writing of The Magic Circle.
The present tense of this book is one that is inundated with documents and artefacts of all kinds, as well as seemingly limitless capacity for a memory-storage.
From our current perspective, we can see The Beatles delivering an anticipatory glimpse of the world that we must alll now share with an ever-expanding legion of ghosts.

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The Magic Circle is written and edited by Los Angeles art writer Jan Tumlir.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
150 x 110 mm / 6 x 4.5 inches portrait
Pages
233
ISBN
979-94-91677-43-4
Editor
Jan Tumlir
Author
Jan Tumlir
Graphic
Arthur Roeloffzen
Language
English
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Paper
All Multidesign Natural. Cover 240 gr., inside pages 100 gr.
Edition
800
Color
duotone
Printer
New Goff, Ghent (BE)
Details
Embossed and foil pressed title
Photography of the book
Blickfanger
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Jan Tumlir critic
  • Arthur Roeloffzen graphic designer website
  • Pernilla Ellens curator, editor
  • Francesco Stampinato critic
  • Danielle Liebeskind
  • Bert Scholten artist
  • Peter Fengler artist
  • Barreuh