Slowly and insistently the ticking of the pendulum clock grows louder until the sound fills the space, accompanied by the steady unfurling of a peacock fan. Volkmar Klien’s performance apparatus strives for beauty, for magnitude, for volume, and for dominance. It is to be presented in the Carlone Contemporary exhibition series at the Upper Belvedere.
Anschwellen – Abschwellen
In Volkmar Klien’s performance apparatus Anschwellen – Abschwellen, the ticking of a pendulum clock slowly but surely swells to produce an all-pervading sound that, at its height, fills the Baroque Carlone Hall, all the while accompanied by the gradual unfurling of a peacock fan. It represents a striving for beauty, a crescendo to unimaginable magnitude, volume, and dominance. Then the peacock feathers subside and the sound ebbs away, back to the beginning and the constant ticking, an order imposed by humanity on the unfathomable flow of time.
Curated by Stella Rollig.
The work Anschwellen-Abschwellen was supported by the following institutions:
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Born in 1971 in Hollabrunn and raised in Vienna, since childhood Volkmar Klien has been fascinated by his native city’s world of music and its rituals. With this as his starting point, he has expanded the experiences of composing, making music, and listening beyond the context of the classical concert.
Klien is professor of composition and director of the Institute for Composition, Conducting and Computer Music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz. His works are performed and presented throughout the world.