Karlheinz Essl

Portrait


BREAKAWAYS

live-performed electronic sound track for a multi-media presentation
on Austrian Avantgarde Movements by Sabine Scholl

2001/2002

Commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York


Basics | Performances


BREAKAWAYS   The "Vienna Group", a circle of five authors interested in the transformation of the written word into action and music marks the beginning of a new movement of experimental literature in the 50s and early 60s. In this tradition other Austrian writers, like Liesl Ujvary, Brigitta Falkner, Kathrin Röggla are performing their texts by using different media like film, comics, computer-generated sound and the Internet. The presentation of their work will be part of a revue about certain aspects of the Austrian literary avantgarde and its international context presented by the author Sabine Scholl together with the composer Karlheinz Essl who uses original musical documents of the Vienna Group to compose and perform an ongoing soundtrack for this event.

Based on original source material by Friedrich Achleitner, HC Artmann, Konrad Bayer, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener, VALIE EXPORT, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Ferry Radax, Elfriede Gerstl, Liesl Ujvary, Andreas Okopenko, Brigitta Falkner, Kathrin Röggla and many others. Computer-generated video projection by Michaela Grill.


Performers:

Sabine Scholl (Berlin): text, presentation
Karlheinz Essl (Vienna): composition, music live performance
Eileen Kelly (New York): recitation



Re-Play:
The Austrian Avantgarde in Literature
curated by Sabine Scholl, music by Karlheinz Essl, video projections by Michaela Grill

In the lounge area of the Austrian Cultural Forum, a multimedia event on the Austrian avant-garde in literature is being re-played. The program focusses in particular on the so-called "Vienna Group", a circle of authors interested in the transformation of written word into action and music, marking the beginning of a new movement of experimental literature in the 1950s and early 1960s. The Austrian Avant-garde in Literature is presented by the author Sabine Scholl together with the composer Karlheinz Essl, who took original sound documents of Vienna Group performances as a point of departure for some of his compositions.

In conceptual terms, The Austrian Avant-garde in Literature was among the most ambitious programs of the inaugural season of the Austrian Cultural Forum (April - June 2002). The program was part of an interdisciplinary literary festival bringing visual electronic arts, graphic design, online activity and commissioned electronic music to the study of modern and contemporary Austrian literature. The program on the Austrian avant-garde organized by Sabine Scholl, with music commissioned from composer Karlheinz Essl and video projections by Michaela Grill, identified new avenues for analyzing the work of the Austrian avant-garde in literature, particularly the Vienna Group and its influences on contemporary writers, and for relating it to international audiences.

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein / Iris Klein



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