Sat 23 Mar 2019
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
City Hall Wing, Level 2, Singapore Courtyard
Registration required (Please register using the link below)
In the 1970s, a new generation of musicians, including the pioneering band Kraftwerk, created electronic music that drew on minimalist repetition and industrial sounds, which came to be known as “Krautrock”. Their compositions were an enormous influence on early techno, and in the late 1990s, a second generation of techno musicians emerged who pushed the minimalist style even further. Join music writer and cultural researcher Alexis Waltz as he traces the evolution of the electronic music scene in Germany over the past three decades. Waltz will be joined by DJ and music producer Lowtec, and Resom, the resident DJ of influential Berlin club ://about, who will each play a short set.
This programme is organised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Singapore.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Alexis Waltz studied art history, cultural studies and philosophy in Berlin, where he took courses with Christina von Braun, Friedrich Kittler and Horst Bredekamp. Upon graduating with a master’s degree on German director Wim Wenders’ Road Movie Trilogy, he immersed himself in the late 1990s Berlin electronic music scene. Waltz ran the DaimlerChrysler Bar in Berlin-Mitte, hosted the BEZ after-hour parties with Zip and Ricardo Villalobos and dabbled in DJing. He also presented articles, lectures and radio shows for Groove and Spex Magazine, The Red Bull Music Academy Magazine, reboot.fm, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Goethe Institute; and interviewed musicians including Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Sven Väth, Moritz von Oswald, Dixon, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff. His texts have been translated into English, French and Russian.
Resom is the resident DJ of influential Berlin club ://about blank, where she spins an eclectic mix of music from left-field house to bass, electro, techno and ‘90s jams. She has been actively engaged in the Berlin music scene since her early days in Leipzig with the Homo Elektrik Collective (established 2006). Resom has taught DJ workshops for women for the last ten years, and currently also curates the multi-faceted conceptual event The Amplified Kitchen.
Lowtec is a DJ and music producer. He began DJ’ing in the early 1990s, before moving on to produce his own material and establish music label Out To Lunch in 1996, which has released tracks from artists including Lynx, Even Tuell and Kassem Mosse. He founded his second label Workshop with Even Tuell in 2006, housing artists such as Kassem Mosse, Willow and Move D. Lowtec’s own music explores experimental ideas and rhythms. His discography spans two full-length albums, and over two dozen singles, EPs and remixes.
ABOUT THE MINIMALISM SYMPOSIUM
Minimalism was one of the most influential movements of the 20th century, questioning the role of art amidst the radical social changes in the 1960s. In conjunction with special exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., this two-day symposium will delve into the Asian influences and enduring legacies of this movement that has been largely thought of as Euro-American.
The symposium is made possible with the support of U.S. Embassy Singapore.
MORE PROGRAMMES FROM THE SYMPOSIUM
- • Minimalism Symposium Day 1 | Keynote Lecture: Alexandra Munroe | Ecstatic Minimalism: Asian Influence on American Art of the 1960s
To learn more about the Minimalism Symposium, please click here.