shut up and listen! 2017


Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art





Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 19.00 (opening)

Bernhard Gál

Duchamp Memorial Wall — Installation

Peter Ablinger: Hinweisstücke (Augenbinde)

[Bernhard Gál: Duchamp Memorial Wall (detail)]

Duchamp Memorial Wall

Which materials might Duchamp's readymades be made of, would he live today, a hundred years later?

Would be order his objects through Amazon?

Three famous early works by Duchamp — Bicycle Wheel (1913), Bottle Rack (1914) and Fountain (1917) — are presented in presumed contemporary versions. The advantage: while the original objects were added to the art market frenzy long time ago (which rendered them untouchable and unplayable), the artifacts presented at SUAL 2017 may be 'used', which goes along with Duchamp's original intentions, since he considered the motion and sounds of the turning wheel as a vital part of the art work, thus anticipating ideas of the kinetic art movement.

[Bernhard Gál]

Bernhard Gál

Austrian artist, composer and musicologist Bernhard Gál is equally at home within the domains of contemporary music, installation art and media art. Gál has created sound installations and intermedia art projects, combining sound, light, objects, as well as architectural concepts and video projections into multidimensional and prevalently site-specific art works. He also composes for acoustic instruments and electro-acoustic music. As a laptop musician, Gál has performed extensively on five continents, and worked with musicians of the electronic and improvised music scenes. Since 2006, Gál has also been the creative head behind shut up and listen! — Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art, in Vienna. 2006-07: Taught sound art at the University of Arts, Berlin. 2010‑13: Research position at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, in conjunction with the doctoral college ‘Art and the Public’. Currently working on a PhD concerning sound installation art. His work has been published on labels such as Durian, Plate Lunch, Intransitive, Klanggalerie, Charhizma and Gromoga and documented with various catalogue books and DVDs.