De-Grammatical: Rhythm and Language Transformation


Art of Noises

Next at HTTP// [House of Technologically Termed Praxis]: De-Grammatical: Rhythm and Language Transformation by Elisabeth Penker: For the opening–Tuesday 10 May 2005 7-9pm–Penker will perform live to the composition “Die Bildhauerin.”

At the turn of the last century the Futurists introduced sounds of motors and vocals as instruments for orchestras, which consequently influenced Dada and Fluxus movements that pioneered the early days of electronic music. The Dadaists phonetically experimented with grammatical structures. Penker combines these different approaches to rhythm and language transformations. Die Bildhauerin breaks up the grammatical structure of the word “DIE-BILD-HAU-ER-IN” into minimal units which are called morphemes. The composition is arranged with the sound of two stone masons, chiselling this broken grammatical structure into a wall.

The morphemes build the base rhythms of the composition. The performance is supported by a sonic structure constructed of wood and various industrial floor materials which are amplified and function as instrument and interactive sound sculpture during the exhibition. The audience can play on the sonic structure, and this is combined structurally with the conceptual logic of Luigi Russolo’s (1913) Manifesto, The Art of Noises and the technical methodology of Jack Foley’s recordings for films.

Exhibition: 10 May – 5 June 2005, Friday – Sunday 12-5pm

HTTP gallery is pleased to present Austrian artist Elisabeth Penker’s first solo exhibition in the UK. In her work Elisabeth Penker is questioning visual structures in relation to language. By decoding visual systems and displacing rhythm and language into a non-linear structure, Penker is showing the commonality of Modern Art and First Nation Art. It is of particular interest how polysynthetic languages which are common in First Nation Languages (i.e. there is no clear distinction between a word and a sentence), compare to Indo-European languages and how visual languages relate to grammar and syntax.

Elisabeth Penker, born 1974 lives and works in Vienna recent exhibitions include:

2005 “The Red Thread” Howard House Contemporary, Seattle
2004 “Sound Studio” Gallery Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava,
SK “Born to be a Star” Künstlerhaus, Vienna
2003 “Sound System”, Salzbuger Kunstverein, Salzburg, A ; Liste 03 with
Galerie Michael Hall, Vienna (solo), “Selected Sound Sculptures”,
Galerie 5020 Salzburg /A (solo)
2002 “Butterfly reached the sound-barrier”, Kibla New Media Center,
Maribor, SL; “Waiting for the Ice Age”(curated by Michael Hall), Galerie
Georg Kargl, Vienna; “hear the art”, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2001 Kunstbüro, Vienna (solo) “First Story-Women Building”, Galerie do
Palacio Cristal, Porto (curated by Ute Meta Bauer) and “(untitled)
654321”, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, DK (curated by Jacob
Fabricius & Tommy Lund)

“De-Grammatical: Rhythm and Language Transformation” is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Getting to HTTP

Unit A2, Arena Business Centre,
71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1NY
Tube: Manor House, Buses: 341, 141,
Car: free parking facilities

HTTP:// is a non-profit organisation run by artists and curators of & Dosensos.

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May 9, 2005

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