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Florian Hecker

Tuning Forks (Bohlen-Pierce-Scale; 3073 Hz, 3344 Hz, 3639 Hz, 3960 Hz, 4309 Hz, 4689 Hz), 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1975 in Augsburg / Germany, lives in Berlin and Vienna
www.florianhecker.blogspot.com
 


Florian Hecker, »Stimmgabeln [Tuning Forks] (Bohlen-Pierce-Scale; 3861 Hz, 4202 Hz, 4572 Hz)«, 2009

3 Stimmgabeln, Hammer, Walnusssockel / 3 tuning forks, hammer, walnut plinth

Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Foto / Photo: Andy Keate

 
Sound art has developed into an important area of art almost from the outset. Key elements are the direct experience of sound and image, which results in making sound itself »visible«. In the case of artists like Florian Hecker this means that sound is credited with the potential to create an abstract spatial impression. Hecker is one of the most important representatives of sound art and has also been successful, in different recent collaborative ventures with artists such as Aphex Twin, Cerith Wyn Evans and Peter Saville and the Viennese label »Editions Mego«, in international contexts.

In his latest solo performances Hecker has filled practically empty galleries and institutions with »pure« sound art, his intention being to subject the spatialisation of sound to critical scrutiny and to construct abstract sound spaces. At TRIENNALE LINZ Hecker has a set of tuning forks at the ready, which are tuned according to the Bohlen-Pierce scale, a harmonic scale that does not feature the octave among its intervals. This scale enables a new, integrative way of thinking about sound and of appreciating it, which, compared to traditional experience, succeeds in at least partly disconnecting the source of sound and its spatial propagation. Hecker describes the metaphorical idea of a disengagement of the perceived sound source from the real one as an aspect that, in addition to their ambiguous character as instruments or rather tools, he finds particularly interesting about tuning forks. The Tuning forks may be borrowed on a trial basis from the service desk of the OK .

(Sandro Droschl)

 

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