The exhibition presents the work of American composer and artist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009), who counts amongst the most influential personalities in contemporary music. Amacher studied in the 1960s with Karlheinz Stockhausen and, in the 1970s and 1980s, she worked together with John Cage and Merce Cunningham and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Early on, she experimented with relationships between sound and space, and explored the
physiological conditions of hearing. Since her first stay in Berlin, after spending a year in Berlin as a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm / DAAD in 1986, Amacher developed a strong connection to the city and realized numerous projects here which had a great influence on the music scene in Berlin. [Despite her significant production and her substantial influence on a younger generation of artists, not least due to her long-term educational activities, she is a kind of "artist's artist" and is in the European context still known by a mostly specialized public.
The exhibition "Intelligent Life" shows, for the first time, a comprehensive overview with rarely seen archive material, photography, scores, and sound recordings from the artist. The presentation will focus on two comprehensive groups of works: the series "City Links" (1967-1988) and "Intelligent Life," which Maryanne Amacher had been intensively developing since the 1980s, both experimenting with the possibilities of new technologies. The exhibition follows the interdisciplinary and research-based practice of the artist and explores Maryanne Amacher's influence on both the practice of contemporary art and music.
As a part of the exhibition, a three week-long research workshop with musicians and artists will take place in which various possibilities for a performance practice of Maryanne Amacher's work will be explored. In Amacher's treatment "Intelligent Life", she imagines a future laboratory dedicated to radical sonic experimentation entitled "Supreme Connections, Inc." Responding to this imagined institution, the workshop will explore Amacher's working materials and methods toward clarifying a future trajectory for presenting her works. On two Saturdays, "results" from this Amacher study center will be publicly presented along with talks, discussions and concerts.
Workshop: “Supreme Connections Laboratory”
Kleiner Sendesaal, Funkhaus Nalepastraße
Bill Dietz, Daniel Fishkin, Micah Silver, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin, Robert The, Daniel Teige and guests
In Amacher's treatment "Intelligent Life", she imagines a future laboratory dedicated to radical sonic experimentation entitled "Supreme Connections, Inc." Responding to this imagined institution, the workshop will explore Amacher's working materials and methods toward clarifying a future trajectory for presenting her works. On two Saturdays, "results" from this Amacher study center will be publicly presented along with talks, discussions and concerts.
Sat, 7/21., 3pm to midnight
lectures and performances
Sat, 7/28, 3pm to midnight
lectures and performances
Concerts and film screening:
Thu, 7/19, 7pm
Concert Ensemble Zwischentöne, „Glia“ (2006), Maryanne Amacher,
Seven Instruments and Electronics, Aktionsraum, Hamburger Bahnhof
Sat, 8/18, 7pm
Frederic Rzewski, Marianne Schröder and guests
Concert around the piece „Petra“ (1991) by Maryanne Amacher,
Variations for two pianos, Aktionsraum, Hamburger Bahnhof
Wed, 8/22, 7.30pm
Double projection of "Torse" (55 min., director: Charles Atlas, Choreography:
Merce Cunningham, Music: Maryanne Amacher), Kino Arsenal
For further information please visit our website: www.daadgalerie.de
In collaboration with and supported by: Kulturabteilung der Botschaft der Vereinigten
Staaten in Berlin; Elektronisches Studio der Technischen Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet
Audiokommunikation; Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V.; Nationalgalerie im Hamburger
Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin; Arsenal – Institut für Film- und Videokunst e.V.
Foto: Maryanne Amacher: Installation at New England Fish Exchange, Pier 6 Boston Harbor: 15kc Bell program channel, power supply and pre-amp for microphone under paper covers, 1973-1978.