Thomas Köner - The Futurist Manifest

14 October 2009

Location: Theater Kikker
7/6 Euro
Main Hall

“We will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capitals; we will sing of the vibrant nightly fervor of arsenals and shipyards blazing with the violent electric moons; greedy railway stations that devour smoke-plumed serpents; factories hung on clouds by the crooked lines of their smoke.”
F. T. Marinetti, ‘Futurist Manifest

The work of media artist Thomas Köner (Germany) cannot be easily categorised. For years he was active as a sound engineer, before his project Porter Ricks caused a stir in the European techno landscape. In filmmaker Jurgen Reble he found the perfect collaborator to pursue his interest in the symbiosis of visual and auditive experiences. All these different influences come together in Köner’s recent work, in which his fascination for sound colour has expanded to the moving image, resulting in a series of acclaimed performances and installations. At the occasion of the festival theme of “Accelerated Living” and the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Manifest, he has composed an ‘opera digitale’ for IMPAKT, which will be performed with a prepared piano, a digital ”noise orchestra” and a singer. The sonic sediments of one hundred years of industrialization and acceleration will be condensed in a multidimensional audiovisual space, where image and sound interact as if “time and space died yesterday”.


Carl Faia: prepared piano & live electronics.
Iris Garrelfs: voice & live electronics. Thomas Köner: laptop noise orchestra, visuals.
An IMPAKT production

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