Jan St. Werner
Fichtebunker, Fichtestraße 6, 10967
Space Synthesis16.09.2023, 12–3 pmIn collaboration with Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
For Ebensperger’s first exhibition at its new venue in Kreuzberg, electronic music artist and composer Jan St. Werner sonically activates the gallery spaces of Fichtebunker with custom built loudspeaker instruments beaming electronic sounds through a sequence of resonating chambers. Focus points are in motion, visual identification and object orientation are in question. Exhibition space, club, echo chamber, stage: “Excitation Resonance” challenges the conventions about how space can be thought and defined.
Jan St. Werner is co-founder of the experimental music group Mouse on Mars and releases music under his own name via the Edition Fiepblatter Catalogue, distributed by Thrill Jockey Records, Chicago. In the mid-1990s, he was part of the Cologne sound and record collective A-Musik, worked together with Markus Popp (Oval) as Microstoria, and developed music for installations and films by visual artist Rosa Barba. In the 2000s, Werner was artistic director of STEIM, the Dutch studio for electro-instrumental music. He realized sound interventions and exhibitions for ICA London, Documenta 14, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, HKW, Berlin and Lenbachhaus, Munich, among others. In 2016 and 2017 Werner taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and was Professor for Dynamic Acoustic Research at AdBK Nuremberg from 2017 to 2021.
In collaboration with Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the opening of “Excitation Resonance” is followed by the presentation of an exhibition catalogue, a publication on DAF, an edition, and a record.
The catalogue is the result of Werner’s first solo exhibition “Space Synthesis” at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and is the document of a practice that is directed against a conventional understanding of listening. It investigates the productive power of sound from multiple perspectives. The book presentation provides insight to another level of the exhibition which can be experienced through the texts of various of Werner’s companions.
Thank you for helping to make this exhibition possible: Constantin Carstens, Michael Akstaller, Marcin Pietruszewski and Jan Bernstein.