Artist in Residence

Erik Bünger

Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin. His work investigates the irrational within contemporary media and often focuses on music as a manipulative force. Music is never treated as something pure, absolute or abstract but on the contrary, as a parasite feasting on our collective, cultural unconscious.

His performance pieces, installations and videos have been shown at The IMPAKT Festival, The Lincoln Centre in New York, Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, The Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, HMKV in Dortmund, Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, Transmediale in Berlin and The Werkleitz Biennal in Halle. He is also the creator of Let them sing it for you, a web art project which has reached over 6 million users.

In Utrecht, he worked on a project called The Third Man.

The Third Man

As a child my father told me about the movie: In a city somewhere a man searches for another man. Everyone tells him that he searches in vain, for the other man is already dead but he refuses to give up and suddenly he believes he catches a glimpse of the other man’s face in a doorway. Then dad sat down in front of the piano and in a slowly accelerating tempo he played The Theme from The Third Man, and I dreamt of footsteps echoing in back alleys and a great shadow flickering by in the corner of my eye. Every time I hear that melody I have the peculiar feeling of someone observing me from a hidden view point.


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