Meakusma & Georg Dietzler present the SONIC CHAIR at Eupen’s IKOB Museum:
IKOB Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst
4700 Eupen, Belgium
After having been presented in Cologne, Münster and Dortmund, the SONIC CHAIR and its sound pieces start traveling again – first to the IKOB museum in Eupen, Belgium. I am happy to have my Schnarcharchiv piece „Mauernap“ included.
The SONIC CHAIR sound pieces concept was developed for the “soundwaves” series on sound art which ran in Cologne in 2017 and 2018 and was conceived and developed by curator Georg Dietzler.
Artists from the noise music scene have composed pieces for the SONIC CHAIR sc01, a piece of loudspeaker designer furniture that can be rotated 350 degrees. The first series of SONIC CHAIRS was built in 2008. Similar to a musical instrument, the shape of the SONIC CHAIR is determined by the acoustics. Sitting in the sound center of the chair supports the spatiality of the recordings. With loudspeakers in the armchair canopy, low bass frequencies are transmitted to the user’s back via a structure-borne sound membrane.
The presented sound pieces move between abstract, herbaceous, electronic ambience, puristic field recordings, layered guitar drones, manipulated everyday objects and generated noise narratives, as well as sound art, jazz and experimental pop. The 16 sound pieces can be selected individually using a sixteen-part push-button selection menu.
“Works at the interface between art and music like to fall between the chairs. The ability to understand noise as something musical gives us the opportunity to experience another dimension with our senses, to experience spatiality. Sound art means being surprised by ideas that are lovingly manifested in sound. And if works on the interface between art and music like to fall between the chairs, with the SONIC CHAIR there is a special armchair that invites you to sit and listen with its built-in loudspeakers and many audio pieces to choose from.” Text fragments by Achim Zepezauer for mexhibition 2018, at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund.
The first four pieces were commissioned by Georg Dietzler/gerngesehen.de, pieces 5 to 8 were selected by Erhard Hirt of cuba-cultur in Münster, pieces 9 to 12 by Till Kniola/ aufabwegen, Cologne and pieces 13 to 16 by Achim Zepeauer/mex, Dortmund.
The presentation in Eupen is yet another cooperation between meakusma npo and Georg Dietzler/gerngesehen.de, Cologne.
Thanks to our funding partners: Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kunststiftung NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln. Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt Münster und Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost, DEW21, Sparkasse Dortmund, Pro Jazz e.V., DEGEM, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Kulturbüro der Stadt Dortmund.
SONIC CHAIR sc01 in Eupen funded by Ostbelgien and Province de Liège.