Resonating Memory Traces

Multimedia Events

PROGRAMME 5 pm to 7.30 pm – THEORY:

Seppo Gründler & Cordula Bösze
Lichtmusik / Seeing Sound
A presentation of research into visual music by Mary Ellen Bute
I will try to establish a discussion of the life and work of Mary Ellen Bute, who was a pioneer of research into the possibilities concerning connections between light with music and vice versa. As a woman she had to grab her chance of establishing a niche in a non mcp dominated field.”
(Seppo Gründler)

Elisabeth Schimana
A portrait of Rebekah Wilson / Netochka Nezvanova
Camera: Reinhard Mayr
Rebekah Wilson – also known as Netochka Nezvanova – is a pure fiction, the pseudonym of an enigmatic author whose name is the eponymous title character of an early unfinished novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In actual fact Rebekah Wilson is a New Zealand woman, a trained composer.  Subsequently Netochka Nezvanova went on to become an iconic personality of early 21st century Internet and software art; she also appeared at many festivals throughout the world – though most definitely it wasn't the same person appearing each time! In 2002 Rebekah Wilson re-emerged as  a curator at STEIM in Amsterdam before returning to her home country.

Martin Breindl
A portait of Liesl Ujvary
Camera: Magdalena Vetter
Reading: Ann Cotton reads Translator 01 by Liesl Ujvary
Liesl Ujvary comes from that generation for whom using computers is not a matter of course. Her approach is probably best described by Martin Breindl in his piece Bewegung in Möglichkeitsformen, über Liesl Ujvarys Musik (Movements in Probability Shapes – about Liesl Ujvary’s music):
Ujvary can perform these transformations because she exclusively works at the virtual machine whose integral part she herself has become a cyborg. Her achievement as a cyborg is that she understands and exploits the potentials of this human-machine fusion from the inside out (this does not necessarily mean that she has to fully understand the technology she uses, but rather that she is able to enter the potential fields offered by this technology).”

PROGRAMME 10.30 pm to 12 pm – PERFORMANCES:

Composition and electronics: Elisabeth Schimana
Flute: Cordula Bösze
Terpsitone: Elena Golovasheva
4:3 is a resonating memory tracing the 1930s experiments of Mary Ellen Bute in Lev Theremin’s New York studio which investigated the concept and technical potentials of connecting light and sound and the possibilities that one could be used to directly control and influence the other.

A History of Mapmaking
or Aerial Photography and 31 Variations on a Cartographer’s Theme
Composed and performed by Rebekah Wilson
Rebekah Wilson will utilise the amplified and manipulated sound of a live cello, the sounds and gestures of which provide triggers for digital audio events.

Talking without Language and Speaking without Words
Composed and performed by Liesl Ujvary and Ann Cotton
Two writers make an attempt to communicate without language. Liesl Ujvary is already creating direct, poignant, and non-verbal compositions, which sketch a panorama of the human condition. Both she and Ann Cotton remain in a familiar domain, but tonight they shall be operating with new and different tools...
The theremin functions as a kind of ‘speaking instrument’, an attribute that all newcomers to it explore with great curiosity and experimental verve. In addition, Liesl Ujvary and Ann Cotton shall use a Kaosspad and a laptop to filter the theremin’s sounds in different ways.

IMA Salon Chill Out
Turntable improvisations by Ushi Reiter and live visuals by Starsky
Scratching records, placing the needle in the groove, scraps of sound all conjoin into a dialogue with static soundwaves and space. The performance starts with material that picks up from sound material of the 20th century produced exclusively by women. In addition to searching through net archives for this purpose, the work of contemporary sound producers will also play a key role. Vinyl records will be produced especially for the performance.” (Ushi Reiter)


Live visual performances do not try to tell a story or create a linear course of action. Instead, their content is associative and ambiguous, enabling a sequence of images to be created. The logic of sequence is a result of the image contents and their extensive meanings, as well as the different methods of interconnecting images, and of linking images with music.” (Starsky)

Organisation: City of Women
In collaboration with: IMA & LTNC-Lady Tigers Night Club, Austrija; Kiberpipa
With the support of: Österreichisches Kulturforum Ljubljana; Bundeskanzleramt-Kunst; Niederösterreich kultur  



Date and time of event: 
Oct 06th
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