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LISTEN/VISION – May 14, 2008 - San Francisco

LISTEN/VISION 03 – San Francisco – May 14th 2008

Wednesday, May 14th 2008, 7-9pm at The San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut St. San Francisco, CA 94133 - $15 Public / Limited free seating for SFAI Students.

Featuring : RASTER-NOTON - Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider as “Signal”

Curated and co-presented by Volume Projects & Overlap , LISTEN/VISION is a unique series exploring the art of perception. It is a place and time for a shared experience of sound and light and space. and Volume have partnered to commission new and *unreleased* sound and video recordings from an international pool of acclaimed contemporary artists. These exclusive pieces, not to be found anywhere on the web or a CD, are presented in a collective listening environment. 

The third installment of LISTEN/VISION presents a very special evening with live performances by the three principal members of the German arts platform Raster-Noton: Carsten Nicolai, Frank Bretschneider, and Olaf Bender. Each artist will perform individually, and collectively as Signal. These artists are considered by many to be some of the most important and influential individuals working within the field of experimental electronic audiovisual performance today.
Raster-Noton: Archiv Für Ton Und Nichtton is a platform, a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art, and science. After surviving the storm that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, East German sound manipulators Carsten Nicolai, Frank Bretschneider, and Olaf Bender pooled their resources as Raster-Noton and jacked into international art currents. Their minimalist electronic CDs and sound objects have sent power surges through a global grid connecting like-minded artists from Coil’s ElpH to Tokyo’s Ryoji Ikeda.

Carsten Nicolai -Carsten Nicolai is an artist who works intensively in the transitional area between art and science. For several years now he has also experimented with sound under the pseudonym Noto to create his own code of signs, acoustic and visual symbols. As Alva Noto he leads those experiments into the field of electronic music. Among others, Nicolai already performed as Alva Noto at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, at Centre Pompidou in Paris, at Kunsthaus Graz and at Tate Modern in London. Additionally he has projects with diverse artists such as Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo), Mika Vainio or Thomas Knak (opto); recently he toured with Ryuichi Sakamoto through Europe, Australia and Asia.

Frank Bretschneider -Frank Bretschneider works as a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Bretschneider‘s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena. After the fall of the wall, he and Olaf Bender founded the record label Rastermusic which finally merged with Carsten Nicolai‘s Noton to form raster-noton in 1999. He has performed at music and new media festivals such as Ars Electronica, Cut & Splice, Mutek, Offf, Sonar, Steirischer Herbst, Transmediale, Ultima, etc. In addition to his solo work he has collaborated with artists such as with Taylor Deupree, Olafur Eliasson, Steve Roden, and Ralph Steinbrüchel.

Olaf Bender -Germany-based Olaf Bender is one of three founders of the Raster-Noton imprint. He often records under such aliases as Byetone and Lumen for solo projects, and together with Komet and Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) forms the laptop microsound trio Signal. His output is extremely sparse, with his sole full-length contributions being a disc in the prize-winning 20′ to 2000 series and 2003′s Feld, released on Raster-affiliated label Binemusic.

Funding for LISTEN/VISION 03 is generously provided by the Goethe Institut of San Francisco

Links:Raster-Noton Goethe Institut San Francisco
Volume Projects

This program is generously sponsored by the Goethe Institute, San Francisco.