Mieko Suzuki & Claudia Rohrmoser, Christian Marclay

Broken Music Vol. 2_Live


Friday, May 5, 2023, 8:30pm


Mieko Suzuki & Claudia Rohrmoser
Broken Vinyl – audiovisual performance

For their audiovisual performance Broken Vinyl, visual artist Claudia Rohrmoser and sound artist Mieko Suzuki take vinyl as their common ground in order to explore the reciprocal influences of sound and image. For her sounds, Mieko Suzuki utilizes broken, or prepared records, turntables, effects pedals, and various props. Always aiming for unexpected sonic moments, she creates dynamic, slowly evolving, bass-driven sound textures rooted in both advanced electronic music and the noise scene. Claudia Rohrmoser transforms images of Mieko’s “taped” records and vinyl fragments into a lucid visual universe. She explores the characteristics of the specific forms and surface structures of the vinyl, generating from these dynamic virtual spaces. The animations are created by spinning digital images at different speeds – just like vinyl spinning on a turntable. (Photo: Noam Gorbat)


Christian Marclay
Record Players (1982) – ensemble performance with records
Performer: Audrey Chen, Anna Clementi, Werner Durand, Mazen Kerbaj, Chico Mello, David Moss, Andrea Neumann, Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Michael Vorfeld, Ute Wassermann, Christina Wheeler

The medium of the record, in all its various appearances, stands at the center of the early work by Swiss-American artist and musician Christian Marclay. With his actionist, Fluxus-inspired performances in the late 1970s, as well as his later record-objects and vinyl and CD installations, Marclay is among the most significant pioneers of “turntablism” – the art of playing with records. Vinyl and shellacs (purchased for the most part at second-hand shops) and other objects that can be played with record needles were manipulated, assembled, mixed, misused, fractured, and glued back together. With the help of up to six and sometimes more commercially available turntables, he deconstructs the myths and fetishes propagated through everyday culture and the entertainment industry by way of records and sound transmission devices, in a manner at once highly musical, ironic, and radical. Concluding the Broken Music Vol. 2_Live performance series, this acoustic performance, featuring an ensemble of performers from the Berlin scene, is a re-enactment of Record Players, first performed in New York at The Kitchen in 1982. (Photo: Paula Court)

Of his performances with records Marclay has said: “I act against the fragility of the record in order to free the music from its captivity”.


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