HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Lina Brion, Detlef Diederichsen (Editor)

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DNA #8 Looking at Music
HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Lina Brion, Detlef Diederichsen (Editor)


Published by Spector
Leipzig, Germany

Concept designed by Olaf Nicolai, Hannes Drißner, Malin Gewinner
Designed by Hannes Drißner, Malin Gewinner, Markus Dreßen
15 x 23 cm, 80 pages, color, offset, perfect bound, softcover

The performance of computer-generated music breaks with the codes that have been established for concerts: the audience can no longer watch as music is created, and the causal relationship between action and sound has been cut. The laptop performance has evolved into a format in which the audience stares at people staring at screens. Looking at Music examines the role that visibility plays in the experience of music. How important is the live quality to the future of musical performance? Screenshots of ”algoraves“ or virtual reality stars like Hatsune Miku reinsert visual stimuli on a variety of levels, in kuduro the musical focus is on the dance expertise—meanwhile, other musicians have long since abandoned the idea of the stage-centred spectacle.

About DNA (Das Neue Alphabet)
Alphabets, binary code, DNA—the current explosion of knowledge relies on the world being dismembered and divided into the tiniest of units, making it amenable to computation and manipulation. Languages, codes, and other representational modes based on symbols are thus put in the service of political control, surveillance technologies, and economic exploitation. The series Das Neue Alphabet (The New Alphabet) with 26 volumes counters this process of functionalization with poetic discombobulations, sensuous recodings, and creolizations. The publications are organized around the formal principle of constellation: a range of different themes, modes of representation, artistic positions, and graphic elements are combined and recombined in multiple variations. The series sets out to formulate new semiotic worlds conducive to an alternative knowledge production. The topics range from Chinese pictograms to body language and music playlists.

The design by Olaf Nicolai adopts the logic of the alphabet. It repeatedly varies elements such as the title lettering, selected words, colors and the folds of the cover. These elements can be combined in different ways; they link the volumes with one another and open up a playing field for individual arrangements. The volumes, published in a German and an English edition by Spector Books in Leipzig.