CONRAD SCHNITZLER: CON-MYTHOLOGY/Moving Image
MARCH 6- 31, 2015. Philadelphia, PA
Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) is legendary in the German electronic and avant-garde music scene as a founding member of Tangerine Dream and of Kluster. Though mostly known as a composer, his intermedia his video work from the 60s, 70s and 80s is far less known. At Vox Populi we are given a rare opportunity witness Schnitzler’s work with moving images as well as some rare photographs of his sculptural work in metal.
Schnitzler studied sculpture with Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, exhibited his black and white metal sculptures in Berlin, and participated in performances and "happenings" in the same circles as many Fluxus artists, although he rejected being a part of any group or movement. In the early 70s Schnitzler left all of his sculptures in an open field, abandoned the art world and began to devote himself to composing music. His continual and prolific self produced electronic music gained an international cult following. Schnitzler’s immense creative energy could not be limited to one medium. He continuously experimented with moving images to accompany his music by painting and scratching directly on 8mm film, shooting stop-motion animations and designing sets in which he filmed himself performing. By the 80s Schnitzler had become increasingly reclusive, shooting long meditative videos accompanied by his distinctive electronic musical scores.
This program of moving images accompanied by Schnitzler’s vintage electronic soundtracks are selected from a vast video archive, most of which has never been seen publicly before. CON-MYTHOLOGY/Moving Image has been curated by Conrad’s friend and collaborator “Gen” Ken Montgomery in co-operation with Fourth Wall's guest curatorial fellows, Mike and Linda Aubry Bullock.
Conrad Schnitzler's life work and music lives on...
Generations Unlimited Relaunch
The Generations Unlimited record label relaunches at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop! View the full listing of events here.
December 6th-December 21st, 2014
Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm. 22-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY.
In celebration of the event, Conrad Schnitzler's videos will be projected at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop from 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays from December 6th-December 21st. We are screening many of Schnitzler's video works from the 70s and 80s that have never been seen in the U.S. before.
Gen Ken CONducts a Conrad Schnitzler Cassette Concert at the Generator/Print Shop
Generator at Print Shop presents a unique opportunity to hear Schnitzler’s compositions the way he intended them to be heard: the audience will be surrounded by 8 speakers, immersed in the physicality of CON's sounds, adding new depths to their appreciation of this pioneer of the German electronic music scene.
On Saturday December 6 only, Gen Ken Montgomery will conduct a live Cassette CONcert, a boxed set of cassettes that Schnitzler composed with the intent that others could perform and listen to his CONcerts without him present.
Conrad Schnitzler's Cassette Concert is an Octophonic Listening Experience!
Saturday, December 6th at 8pm
Hear Schnitzler compositions as he wanted you to hear them!
Generator at AVA
August 4 – September 1, 2013
Opening Reception: August 4, 4-6pm
AVA Summer Hours:
Generator is the brainchild of New York based artist Gen Ken Montgomery. Known as "New York's first sound art gallery", Generator existed in the East Village and then Chelsea from 1989-1992. Content (cassettes, records, art, lamination, etc) from the original Generator will exist in Audio Visual Arts over the course of the this show. Gen Ken Montgomery will be holding down the shop each Saturday and Sunday through September 1. Content will be available for purchase, performances will take place, sounds will be heard.
> > Performance 1(details to come)
> August 11, 6pm
> > Performance 2 (details to come)
> August 25, 6pm
"I first heard about Generator around late 1989 sometime from our then music director at WFMU radio (I have been a dj there since 1986). Down in the East Village was this little shop where, apparently this guy was putting on shows by some way off-the-grid artists — both visual and/or audio. It was a "sound" gallery — probably the first of its kind in New York. Certainly the first any of us had ever seen or heard of. I was incredulous. I went to check it out, and sure enough, there it was. As soon as I stepped into the tiny storefront, I felt that I was in a place I understood and felt comfortable in. I didn't know Ken at all at that time, but I immediately felt an ease of communication and understanding that told me this was a special place. His idea was to have a "sound" gallery where artists could come and perform or show their work. It would also function as a record shop (I suppose to pay the bills), but he would only sell "underground" cassettes, vinyl, and CDs by artists that had a clear experimental or outsider bent. There wasn't much else (except for the odd lamination!). It must be pointed out that there was no bottomless sonic soup like the internet at that time to go to for a fix of unusual sound explorations. Today it's like a faucet, just turn it on. Today "sound-art" is a hot topic and is featured in many galleries and museums around the world, and much is made of this under-appreciated form that has been around for decades. But in 1989, the internet was still nascent, there weren't even browsers; there were no places that existed at this time that specifically featured sound-art and audio installations and the like. So a place like Generator was a unique experience for anyone looking for something off the beaten track as it were…" -Fabio Roberti
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