Membranes is an audiovisual performance and installation by NHLT, a duo from Switzerland and Germany. It consists of hybrid instruments – constructed from drum-skins and electronic components – as devices to turn written texts into pulses of light and percussive sound.
Date: Wednesday, November 29th 2017, noon to 6pm
Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012
As part of Dark Circuits Festival 2017, Membranes is an audiovisual installation by NHLT, a duo from Switzerland and Germany. It consists of 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 public 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 spectator.
NHLK are a Swiss/German media duo, musicians and composers. They engage in multimedia installations, musical performances and the creation of new musical instruments. Fascinated by complex systems and hidden processes in nature as well as in society, self-made code, hacked instruments and misused tools have become crucial to their works. Their installations and performances have been presented within the framework of international exhibitions and festivals.
Membranes is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
On 11/30, NHLK will perform Membranes as an opener to Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra: http://tammen.org/