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Grey Zone (On the suggestion of Ingken Wagner)

Eco-technical Muzeum (Old Waterworks)
Ekotechnické muzeum, Papírenská 6, Praha 6
Goethe-Institut Prag
Masarykovo nábřeží 32, 110 00 Praha

Erik Drescher Concert Programme October 5, 2007

September 27 - October 20, 2007


SOUNDS LIKE ART will explore the fascinating, if at times somewhat marginalised, world of sound and radio art from a number of unusual and site-specific perspectives, making several exterior and interior locations in the Czech capital Prague the platform and venue for acoustic installations, sound performance concerts and radio art broadcasts. Employing concepts such as Sonar Surfaces, Acoustic Visualisation and Integrated Sonic Expansion, SOUNDS LIKE ART will make this interesting art form the focal point of an international audience at attractive and historical locations.

The Old Waterworks in Prague 6
Photo by Ingken Wagner
Peter Ablinger
Sitting and Hearing
Serge Baghdassarians and Boris Baltschun
Installation "10"
Serge Baghdassarians and Boris Baltschun
Installation "brownout"

The main venue for sound installations will be the Old Waterworks near the Vltava river in Prague 6. This remarkable industrial space built at the very start of the 20th century will be injected with new life, hosting a wide array of site-specific sound installations, which will explore the physical expansion of sound. Concentrating on sounds that penetrate perception, the installations will enable visitors to become engaged with sound as a disturbance. The urban space with its everyday noises will also be included in the installations. Artists such as the acclaimed composer Peter Ablinger and the experimental electronic music and installation duo Boris Baltschun and Serge Baghdassarians will participate.

The venue for a live sound art concert by Erik Drescher will be the Goethe Institute in Prague. His concert performance will strive to make it possible for listeners (sound observers) to absorb a tonal experience with all of their sensory organs. This concert will be broadcast by one of the festival’s media partners in 2007, the Czech national radio broadcaster Cesky Rozhlas.

Cesky rozhlas and the Internet radio station Lemurie T.A.Z. will also broadcast a number of other radio artworks, transporting sounds via radio waves and unlocking the acoustic spectrum by means of radio, concerts and concert performances. Air time will be allocated for selected sound art projects by international artists, including Antje Vowinckel (Berlin), Toshimara Nakamura (J)/ Nicholas Bussmann (Berlin, D), Georg Bagdassarov (Prague) and Jason Kahn (USA, based in Zürich). The programme will present an array of art forms, making the wider public familiar with this cutting-edge contemporary art scene.

Participating Artists:

• Erik Drescher (D)
• Boris Balschun / Serge Bagdassarians (D)
• Peter Ablinger (D)
• Toshimaru Nakamura (J) & Nicholas Bussmann (D)
• Georg Bagdassarov (CZ)
• Jason Kahn (USA, Zurich)
• Antje Vowinckel (D)
• Park Sungsun (Republic of Korea)

Programme of concert by Erik Drescher, to be held in the Prague Goethe Institut on October 5, 2007, at 7 pm

A l v i n L u c i e r
>>Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas (1973-74)
flute, pure wave oscillator and video (2006, Wenke Schladitz)
Czech premiere (video)

G e o r g N u s s b a u m e r
>>königludwig-sonate oder das blau der schwanengrotte (2001)
flute, hose, glass bottle, light blue water
Czech premiere

C h i y o k o S z l a v n i c s
>>Eva Hesse (with CN) (2007)
flute, tape and video (2007, Els van Riel)
world premiere


D r o r F e i l e r
>>Like Tears in rain (1998)
flute, tape and video (2007, Dror Feiler)
Czech premiere

M i c h a e l M a i e r h o f
>>splitting 17 (2003)
flute, tape and video (2006, Michael Maierhof)

Czech premiere

D r o r F e i l e r >>Salutacion angelica (2005)
amplified piccolo, tape and video (2007, Dror Feiler)

Czech premiere

E r i k D r e s c h e r >>flute
W e n k e S c h l a d i t z >>video projections

Press Release, April 19, 2007