On the occasion of Florian Hecker's new work Untitled (F.A.N.N.) (2013) and Sift Flow Slides (2013) commissioned by Kunsthal Aarhus for the exhibition Systemics 2, there will be a seminar with Sarat Maharaj and Robin Mackay, to explore issues around contemporary sound in relation to Florian Hecker's practice and following his performance the previous evening at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aarhus.
Robin Mackay's presentation navigates between the surface and the depths of perceptual objects - between the scientific account of the world and our everyday experience of it. Florian Hecker's experiments with psychoacoustics demonstrate that sound is the ideal medium with which to reveal the construction of perceptual objects and to instigate an art that allows us to explore objects as 'hallucinations of the real'.
Florian Hecker (born 1975, Augsburg, Germany) studied Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics at Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, and Fine Arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna. He has given a multitude of performances, audio presentations and concerts internationally since 1996, most recently at Performa 13 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Jardim Botânico, Lisbon, 2012; Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2012; Sadie Coles HQ, London (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). He has an extensive discography with over 25 releases, including most recently Chimerization, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2012; Triadex Muse Trecks, nbk, Berlin, 2012; Speculative Solution, Editions Mego, Vienna, 2011.
Robin Mackay is a philosopher, director of UK publisher and arts organisation Urbanomic, and editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development.
Geoff Cox is Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, author of 'Speaking Code' (MIT Press, 2012).
Joasia Krysa is Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, was Associate Professor in Art and Technology at Plymouth University, UK (2000-2012) and part of curatorial team for dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel 2012).
Florian Hecker, 3 Channel Chronics, 2010, Mumok, Vienna; processed performance still. Courtesy of the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Galerie Neu, Berlin.