Membranes

language driven performance & installation, 2017
collaboration with Nicola L. Hein

Exploring the boundaries where music and language overlap, Nicola L. Hein and Lukas Truniger use hybrid instruments – constructed from drum-skins and electronic components – as devices to turn written texts into pulses of light and percussive sound. As each machine translation emerges, the network of instruments starts to share the texts, transforming written material into aesthetic, visual and sonic patterns, for the performers and spectators to further interact with. Extrapolating from the example of the African talking drum, Membranes builds up an altogether new kind of tone language, constantly shifting and adapting itself before the viewer and performers alike. 

The instruments form a reactive network of semantic and aesthetic actors: a play of forms, light and sound unfolds between them. Following historical archetypes musical communication instruments and seeking to create a speculative acoustic interaction space, this audio-visual installation and performance offers a new alternative communication environment.

In its installation form, the work shows sentences generated by an algorithm which analyzes a database of various theoretical texts about the relation between music and language. A dialogue between the independent object-instruments takes place and establishes a network of dead agents – transformed algorithms – that testify both to a form of communication that is historically rooted in a cultural tradition and a hypothetical language spoken in a world after the Web’s demise.

_Performances
06.2020 NIME 2020 – Burmingham (UK) / Online
01.2020 The Dead Web – Ludwig Múseum
                Budapest (HU)
05.2019   Mapping Festival – Geneva (CH)
04.2019   Mirage Festival – Lyon (F)
09.2018   Retune Festival – Berlin (D)
11.2017   Dark Circuits Festival
               Knockdown Center – New York (US)
11.2017   Die Digitale – Düsseldorf (D)
11.2017   mex festival – Dortmund (D)
11.2017   Sonica – Tramway – Glasgow (GB)
10.2017   Walcheturm – Zürich (CH)
09.2017   Schillerpalais – Berlin (D)

_Exhibitions
01.2020 The Dead Web – Ludwig Múseum
                Budapest (HU)
05.2019   Mapping Festival – Geneva (CH)
11.2017   Dark Circuits Festival
               Knockdown Center – New York (US)
11.2017   Die Digitale – Düsseldorf (D)
11.2017   Sonica – Tramway – Glasgow (GB)
09.2017   Schillerpalais – Berlin (D)

_Press
* Le Temps (CH)
* Le Matin Dimachanche (CH)
* Clot Magazine
* HalfLife – Machines and Organisms – Artistic Positions in Times of Climate Change and Extinction

_Support
+ Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council
+ DICRéAM – Centre National du Cinéma (CNC)
+ Sibylle Kalkhof-Rose Foundation
+ Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains

_Project credits
<> Concept, realization & performance:
Nicola L. Hein & Lukas Truniger
<> Scenographic advisor: Marie Lelouche

Mapping Festival – Geneva – © Lukas Truniger
Mirage Festival – Lyon – © Kevin Buy
In the studio – Berlin – © Lukas Truniger
mex festival – Künstlerhaus – Dortmund (D) – © Lukas Truniger
Dark Circuits Festival – Knockdown Center – New York (US) – © Raphael Staehelin
Sonica Festival – Tramway – Glasgow (UK) – © Louise Mather