What makes death, violence or any kind of emotional injury so fascinating for most of us? Where does our appetite for sensational TV talk shows and for self-exposure via internet blogs come from? What significance do intimacy and privacy have in a society in which private space has almost disappeared and secrets have become a true luxury of our time?
Acrylics on paper
For the "Kudamm 101 Room Happening" Völker collaborated with the Berlin-based musician and photographer Mathias Rösner whose photographic work explores the abandoned places within the urban space. Places that don`t vanish as they decay, but instead reveal a tragic beauty as they pass through each stage of change.
For the Royal College of Art show at the Scenery (the hotel`s large conference space) some of the photos will be offered for sale as limited edition colour prints.
The Seismographic Drawings are the first works in an ongoing series of drawings which are inspired by the music of Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905 -1988).
These works focus entirely on the line as a means of visualizing internal physical and psychological processes (especially of tension and relaxation) in response to sound.
This is achieved both by the maximum reduction of the creative means (e.g. by avoiding or eliminating colour and by using only one drawing tool) and through the establishment of formal and compositional rules (e.g. width, number and spacing of the rows in a drawing) before the actual drawing process starts.
Each drawing is created in a single session and consists of a single line, which continues in the head of the artist while he moves to the next row. This process is not interrupted before the end of the last row has been reached. These preparations allow the artist to connect with a moment in the music spontaneously and "in real-time" without having to make creative decisions orevaluations that might cause distraction from the process of "pure recording".
In this way the concept of the inspired artist fades into the background.By responding, recording and finally translating the sound into a visual andemotional waveform, he merely becomes a medium of the music with a task similar to thatof a seismograph.
The Seismographic Drawings were created while listening to the "Quattro pezzi su una nota sola" (Four pieces on a single note) by Giacinto Scelsi.