:kynstlerhaus10 / 12 /1999 - 24 / 01 / 2000
Exhibition / Performances / Discussion4b : b4 Performance / Audio Installation
Performance - Otto Kränzler: Komposition, Rainer Kirberg: Interpret
Audio Installation / Archive - 20 years production documentation, Otto KränzlerAudio Plug-In
Archive -20 years Künstlerhaus Audio Studio history, Otto Kranzler
"Preservation Club" / "Persönliche Party Platten", Rene StraubPrint Plug-In
Archive - 20 years Künstlerhaus Publications
haus.0 research interviews with Künstlerhaus founding members
Archive - Kommunikationsgruppe > Videowerkstatt production history
haus.0 initiative, research and compiling, format conversions to VHS viewing tapes,
Künstlerhaus / haus.0
4b:b4"4b:b4" notes the essential performative aspect implicit in the act of founding an artist's space as an institution. For this project, performance is reintroduced for its character of the unique event. This is organized around the space and time of its production, which takes on an identity in link with a public as it was a hybrid more akin to media and its public than traditions of theater illusionary mise-en-scene and its public. At the very moment of the founding of Künstlerhaus, the notion of performance was also shifting to convey new parameters being established in artistic practices.
Performance / Event
"4b:b4" is both performance and installation, a form of collaboration between those involved with haus.0 and those with Künstlerhaus. "4b:b4" sets the tone of ":kynstlerhaus". Its narrative routes through cellars, closets, and onto the 2nd floor stage, scripting production with consumption, memory with history, uncanny with familiar. It throws a new light onto spring cleaning in order to evidence the flotsam of material things left in the wake of twenty years of passages.
The "4b:b4" collaboration consists of several stages. The main commission went to the founder of the Künstlerhaus sound studio, Otto Kränzler. Kränzler's work for "4b:b4" draws lines out from his early electronic soundwork and along the way, traces the emerging Künstlerhaus digital and live phases ahead. It establishes communication between various eras of technologies. The handmade electronical equipment for the first Künstlerhaus sound studio clearly suggests the event/laboratory character, and value, of electronic work in that period, and is joined by contrast to the development of the consumer-side replacements, with the contemporary as a synthesis.