As we lead up to the launch of this year’s Forward Festival we will be releasing a series of interviews of participating artists. We kick this series off with the opening night’s main attraction – Frank Bretschneider of Raster – Noton.
88: have you ever been to Washington DC (if not… what do you look forward to seeing while here / if yes… what do you do you remember/like ) FB: It will be my first time in Washington DC. And I´d like to visit the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and National Air and Space Museum. Unfortunately I´ll arrive only on 30th and leave already on 31st, so I guess I´ll not see that much…
88: For the performance on March 30th.. tell us a little about what you will be performing/presenting.
I will present EXP, a audiovisual piece I was working for around two years and was released on CD + DVD on raster-noton last year. Conceptual black & white abstractness.
88: How do see the interaction between music and image affecting not only the way you compose/perform, but how do you see its linkages as integral to an audiences’ experience?
FB: I try to visualize music, to make music visible, to make both media interacting. If everything works well, it creates a kind of synergy, a new level of experience. Another genre – something in between film and lightshow.
88: How did you become involved in making art/sound/video FB: I actually was studying fine arts, but always interested in electronic music. In the mid-80´s I had a band, AG.Geige, a kind of New Wave multimedia project. We were heavy impressed by Lauri Anderson´s performance United States Part I – IV and so I begun to experiment with 8 and 16 mm film and later video to create footage for our live shows.
88: What influences your work the most? FB: My daily life, the work of other artists, what I see it at galleries, clubs, cinemas, concerts, museums…
88: The eternal artistic question: how do you know when a work is complete/finished?
FB: My feeling tells me: its good, my mind says: its enough, deadline reminds: its time.
88: what upcoming projects are you working on?
FB: I´m just about to produce a 12″ vinyl by japanese sound artis Kyoka for raster-noton. In May I go to Rome for teaching a masterclass for electronic music in association with visuals. I´m about to complete a collaborative work on an album with new music composer Ejnar Kanding and Ensemble Contemporánea for danish national label Dacapo.
88: what was your favorite sound memory as a child?
FB: The soundtrack from Ikari XB-1, a widely unknown Czech sci-fi film from 1963.