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Florian Hecker works with synthetic sound across performance, installation and publications, exploring compositional developments in postwar modernity, audiology and psychoacoustical knowledge. His installations shift and vary depending on the listener’s position in space and the associations they make to the sounds heard. Hecker’s works draw focus upon spaces, temporalities and reﬂections of the self through very speciﬁc sounds and the sensations they evoke.
For Art Shefﬁeld 2016, Hecker presents the text sound piece Hinge at Portland Works, the Victorian workshop in which stainless steel was invented and ﬁrst manufactured. Hinge forms part of the artist’s ongoing series of text sound pieces made in collaboration with Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani, author of the work’s libretto. The piece articulates a complex scene in which two streams of text, one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture, are recited simultaneously, before becoming a single chimeric constellation. Here the audience may construct a pendulation between these perspectives while embarking upon a navigation and synthesis that traces the chimeras of nature and culture. In apparent contrast to the human voices, computer generated auditory objects and events reveal, in a formal manner, the synthetic means of topological transformation. Hinge excites the human minds’ hallucination of objects on the basis of auditory cues.
Florian Hecker (born 1975, Augsburg, Germany) has presented his work internationally since 1996. Recent works and performances include Formulations, Culturgest, Porto; A Script for Machine Synthesis, Maison de la Radio, Paris; Florian Hecker / John McCracken, Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria, and Chimerization / Hinge, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (all 2015); Sadie Coles HQ, London; Articulação, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; and Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (all 2012). Hecker also has an extensive discography with over 25 releases. In 2015 Hecker was nominated for Berlin’s Preis der Nationalgalerie.
3 Channel Chronics (performance), 2010. Push & Pull, Mumok, Vienna, original photography © Manuel Gorkiewicz.