MIMESIS (Heterotopia #040515)


The Nexialist Operation “Mimesis” is an experiment in using architecture as a music instrument. The object used was a particularly suitable one, a studio building by Peter Haimerl in Munich with pneumatic facades that served as percussion instrument. The video features four parts (for those who want to scroll forward): 00:10 - 03:00 Soundcheck; 03:00 - 05:00 Session: sound of space; 05:00 - 08:00 Mirror Image: space of sound; 08:00 - 09:30 Triangulation: space/sound/instrument.

The following is the original concept text of the project: “We conducted an operation in the studio building Mimesis, designed by architect Peter Haimerl. The building as such was used as a sound creation device in this operation. Located in Putzbrunn, Munich, Germany, the studio complex consists of two cube-shaped buildings ca. 6 x 6 x 6 m each, one of which, with two pneumatic transparent vinyl facades, was used for the operation. The resulting sounds were recorded by electro-acoustic, digital-acoustic and digital-video means. During and in the course of the operation the created and recorded sound material was processed in situ and used as the source of an electro-acoustic / digital-acoustic improvised composition.

The specific spacial acoustic characteristics of the building were utilized for the creation, projection and recording of the recorded and processed sound. The result is an acoustic signature equaling a spacial-acoustic context, portraying the identity of the building/space in successive levels. This is inspired by the motif of the “turning of the mask” as described by Vilem Flusser. Session 1: recording the resonance of the pneumatic facade: strikes with hand, roll of tracing paper, stick measure [folded] and a dynamic microphone. Session 2: percussive, rhythmic, improvised composition for four hands and pneumatic vinyl facade. Session 3 : electro-acoustic, improvised composition for digital-audio recording, analog effect unit, speaker combo and building interior. Session 4: improvised composition for bass guitar, effect units, building interior and facade. Mark Kammerbauer + Nedim Tezkosar 2004.”

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