Reflect Your Future
The performance of Karl-Heinz Blomann and Richard Ortmann discusses the transformation from materiality to virtuality. This is reflected in the world of sound and vision as the detachment of the analogue towards the digital and in the Ruhr area as a transformation of the working fields in mining and steel production towards those of the so-called creative industries.
The artists choose these parallel developments as subject of their performance. They set the replacement of analogue sounds by virtual sounds in relation to historical markers of coal production in the Ruhr area and take the acoustic testimonies and materials from the history of the Ruhr mining industry to make the past and future of analogue and digital audible.
Blomann and Ortmann create a musical-acoustic / acousmatic stream in the virtual world with their original sounds and contemporary O-tones from various archives. A journey into the open future.
Lives in Essen & Berlin. Musician, composer and producer for new, experimental and film music. 1983 foundation of music publishing company "AufRuhr Records". Publications with different artists. On tour with "PÖHLMUSIK": South America, Europe, Next Wave Festival New York 1989. Numerous radio play productions, theater and film music. DGB Culture Prize for "Klangskulpturen / Sound Sculptures". Works in different contexts with ever new concepts on topics such as art and technology, man and machine and urban sound spaces.
Artistic direction "festival-open-systems" 1997-2005 (www.festival-open-systems.de). Projects (selection): CD "Klangräume" 1991, "Mécanique Mon Amour" 1993, book "Hören - eine vernachlässigte Kunst” (Listening - an art neglected " containing CD "Vom Aufstand des Ohrs" in 1996, CD-ROM "Aspects of Law and Order" 1997. World premiere "Chase "2000. Music for television documentaries for ZDF and arte (www.christmedia.de). "Ohne worte" WDR 3 Studio Acoustic art. 2006." EBU Project - Art's Birthday: composition and performance “Sometimes Pumpstation”, transmitted worldwide via satellite 2006/2008/2010 (upgrade.festival-open-systems.de) in cooperation with Richard Ortmann Development of the media archive www.emscherplayer.de since 2005. Project "RiverKlang: RiverSound" 2008 and 2010 (www.riversound.de) Current project "Reflect Your Future" together with Richard Ortmann 2017. Artistic directorial of festival "Blaues Rauschen" together with Eckart Waage 2017.
Lives in Dortmund. Since the beginning of the 1980's, Richard Ortmann has documented the sound landscape of the Ruhr Area as a crossover-artist between improvised music and new music. Basing on his archival material, numerous audio works were created within the framework of acoustic art. In the series "Metropolis" with "To Herne and back. Soundlandschaft Ruhrgebiet ", editor: Klaus Schöning, also represented on the compilation
"River Run"; 1st prize in the history contest of the "Forum History Culture" in the audio division; numerous sound installations in the permanent exhibitions of the Ruhr region museums, the Ruhr Museum, DASA, the LWL industrial galleries, and the "Gerhard Mercator ˗ Treasures of the Cosmography" in the Kultur˗ and Stadthistorisches Museum der Stadt Duisburg; from 2005 on expansion of sound spaces to Upper Silesia ˗ Katowice and Zabze, recordings as a documentarist and performances with Polish artists as a saxophonist; first "sound bridge" between Katowice and Katernberg (part of the city of Essen) for Extraschicht 2006; EBU Project - Art's Birthday: composition and performance "Sometimes Pumpstation", 2007, (worldwide satellite transmission) and the project “upgrade” in 2006, 2008 and 2010 (upgrade.festival-open-systems.de) together with Karl-Heinz Blomann. Current project "Reflect Your Future" together with Karl-Heinz Blomann 2017. Constantly on different traces and tracks with audio-recorder and saxophone.