Lab 24: Marcus Kaiser

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 12-4, CM107

In the final lab of the year we welcome Marcus Kaiser from Düsseldorf to talk about his installation and performance work. In the morning session Marcus will present his living space installations, and in the afternoon we will talk as a group about work that translates one space to another, focusing on his series an einem ort – an einem anderen ort (2000- ).

Marcus Kaiser: living space installations [12-2pm]

“If I should say something about my work, I would say that it is like a garden – something shifting in the shadow – something in the sun – growing from my discretion. In a garden you can move freely – romp around – destroy – have love affairs – sweep old leaves. A garden lasts a long time . “(Marcus Kaiser, the book is alive! 2013)

Marcus Kaiser studied cello at the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media in Düsseldorf before graduating from the city’s Art Academy. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, Marcus produces works oscillating between art and music. Usually working simultaneously on different series and groups of works over long periods of time, the artist sometimes combines the results to complex installations on the occasion of major exhibitions – installations that may provide him with a starting point for interactions and further works of art. (Albertina museum press release, Vienna 2018)

Marcus is a cellist–painter–architect–composer¬–builder/designer–maker of sound pieces– video artist. He does not juggle these activities – he works on all of them simultaneously as if they were part of some vast rhizomatic assemblage. He paints jungles the way they grow: adding layer after layer of green until it is nearly a monochrome. He records individual layers of sound regularly over the course of many days, until, when simultaneously played back, these recordings reach a point of near saturation (in which, however, sonic features remain distinguishable). (wandelweiser by Michael Pisaro, 2009) 

Marcus Kaiser/James Saunders: translating locations [2-4pm]

Marcus and James will present recent work that translates one location to another through performance and recording, with some listening and discussion.

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