ACHIM WOLLSCHEID at the at the Goethe-Institut
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

Achim Wollscheid
with Jason Lescalleet

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $10

About the artists

ACHIM WOLLSCHEID is a media artist whose work over the past 20 years has been at the forefront of experimental music. He has performed and presented installation projects internationally. His work in sound has led to an interest in the relation between sound, light and architectural space, which he pursues through public, interactive and electronic projects. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Wollscheid recorded several LPs and cassettes under the name Swimming Behavior of the Human Infant (S.B.O.T.H.I.), including collaborations with Merzbow, Asmus Tietchens, and P16.D4. He is a founding member of Selektion, an organization for the production and distribution of information systems. Wollscheid’s book, The Terrorized Term, was published by Selektion in 1999, followed by Selected Works in 2001.

In Achim Wollscheid’s work, the art object is reduced to a systematic response to a given situation: lights react to passers-by, sound banks play back in response to voices and ambient noise, lights dim randomly, objects and rooms resonate against the drumming of small hammers. Through applying these systems of interaction and response, the art object as a singular body disappears in order to reveal the broader, delicate interplay of multiple bodies within social space.

JASON LESCALLEET makes his music using a collection of vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders and simple electronics, running loops of crumpled tape between machines. He blends layers of found sound, amplified silences, and artifacts of everyday noise, all transformed through various microphones and speakers. Lescalleet has built a reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in his concert performances.

In addition to his solo work, Lescalleet has performed and recorded extensively with nmperign, as well as Greg Kelley and Bhob Rainey seperately. Other key collaborators have included Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, Graham Lambkin, John Hudak, Jason Kahn, and Thomas Ankersmit. He lives in Maine.

The Goethe-Institut Boston is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, one of 142 worldwide. The mission of the Goethe-Institut Boston is to foster international cultural cooperation and present a comprehensive picture of Germany by organizing and supporting a wide spectrum of events focused on cultural, political and social topics in Germany and Europe today. The institute also offers German language classes to promote the knowledge of the German language abroad.

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