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Erik Bünger
Concert Saturday at 20:00, Granhøj Dans
External link: www.erikbunger.com
Erik Bünger
Artist & composer (SE), 1976
 
"It’s a strange paradox that speech is an aural medium while our vocabulary at the same time is limited when it comes to describing the aural."

Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin. His work revolves around the human voice and how a closer examination of the voice can undermine our common understanding of ideas around identity, freedom, time, space, life and death. In his performances, videos and installations he explores human song and speech - not as carriers of semantic meaning - but instead he focuses on the leftovers of the signifying operation; when the voice takes on a life of its own. The dead yet vibrant voices of tape recorders and computers, the words beyond words in the ramblings of prophets and glossolalics and the word of God as something, which doesn’t refer, but sets things into motion.

Erik Bünger has a Master of Fine Arts in Electroacoustic Composition from the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and Universität der Künste in Berlin.

3 questions for Bünger

What opportunities, qualities or restrictions do you think sound has as an artistic material?
 
"It’s a strange paradox that speech is an aural medium while our vocabulary at the same time is limited when it comes to describing the aural. I think this is the reason why sound has a very particular relationship to the unconsious. It is able to pass by the censors of consciousness and influence us without leaving any trace as to where this influence came from. This is both a great danger and a great possibility for experimentation."
 
What does silence represent to you – in generel and in regards to your artistic practice?
 
"Silence is not something I think very much about within my artistic practice. What is outside of my artistic practice I rather keep silent about."
 
How do you work with the relation between sound and context in your artistic practice?
 
"For me as an artist and a composer context is everything. This is the reason why a lot of contemporary music doesn’t actually deserve the epithet ”art”. Art has to question the conditions of its own production, otherwise it simple isn’t art. A truly experimental music has to focus on the political, existential and social conditions in which we create and listen to music and sound. Everything else is decoration."
 
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