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THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE : VANCOUVER

Hands On : Oldenburg combines aspects of an interactive audio installation, museum exhibit, craft corner, black market, and paper theatre performa

Table at YVR

Above: The Dinner Party. Still  from YVR: The Remembered City, A coproduction between the Xenographic Society, Radix Theatre, and the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Vancouver, October 2011

 

 

HANDS ON : OLDENBURG

Hands On : Oldenburg combines aspects of an interactive audio installation, museum exhibit, craft corner, black market, and paper theatre performance, in a ‘storytelling machine’ that is created by the audience, both in the installation space, and by adding content remotely. The resulting ‘paper portrait’ of the city is animated by sound, both ambient, and in a hidden layer that can be explored by touch, using tactile transducers embedded in the surfaces of the ‘city’.

HANDS ON : OLDENBURG

Edith Russ Haus Oldenburg Installation Proposal, 2013

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February 2012

YVR : THE REMEMBERED CITY

Vancouver has been a city under intense pressure to adapt to the demands of the global economy: urban expansion, development, re-designating living space, industrial space and agricltural space to create for profit housing on a scale unprecedented, and creating an unprecedented scarcity of affordable, humane housing adapted to the needs of the existing population. YVR:the rememerbed city was a project that investigated the 'remainder', by inviting Vancouverites to re-create what has disappeared from memory and cardboard. The result was a floating city of paper buildings exhibited at the Roundhsoue Performance Centre and accompanied by a sound installation that draws on the World Soundscape project from 1973.

YVR The Remembered City from Michael Sider on Vimeo.

special thanks to the City of Vancouver Office of Cul;tural Affairs 125 Cultural Fund

 


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WAITING FOR WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY MINE (VANCOUVER AIRPORT)

Waiting

Proposal for a Sited Media Installation at Langara Skytrain Staion, Vancouver, 2011.

 


 

THE SPORT OF LISTENING

12 Sound Walks,Vancouver, February 12-28, presented by the Xenographic Society, in collaboration with Western Front New Music, Vancouver New Music and Lulu Performing Arts, in conjuction with the 2010 Winter Olympiad..

The Sport of Listening

Poster: The Sport of Listening, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympiad. A. Kahre

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SHELTER THEORY

Audio Installation, Finning Caterpillar Site, Vancouver 2006.

Shelter Theory Audio

 

 

 


 

EMBEDDING,

Literary intervention, DOCUMENTA XII, Kassel, presented in co-production with the Xenographic Society and FRONT Magazine, 2007

Front, embedded

FRONT, embedded at the Documenta Library

 

 


 

THE SUMMER OF SOUND

Juy 1-31, 2011, Everywhere on Gabriola Island. A coproduction with Lulu Performing Arts.

Summer of Sound

 

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Public Art & Audio Installations
Contemporary Paper Theatre
Notions and Interventions

Andreas Kahre homepage

Contemporary Paper Theatre

Founded in 1990 by interdisciplnary artist Andreas Kahre The Xenographic Society is a research collective with a mandate is to investigate systems of social, scientific and poetic discourse as they mediate our relationship to the natural world, and to each other. The society presents its findings in the form of performances, audio installations, video, print and other suitable media.

The activities of the society include sound art, acoustic ecology projects, urban geography, media and text–based work, including maps, forms, visual poetry and contemporary paper theatre. Xenographic projects and coproductions have been presented across Canada, the US, Australia, Germany and Russia, as well as on line and in print. Several projects are available for sale.

The term 'xenography', born out of a misunderstanding during a conversation about 'scenography', has become programatic, as it refers to the study and description of what is strange or unfamiliar. In its original meaning, it also denotes the act of spontaneous writing  in an unfamiliar language (cf. ' xenoglossy' and 'glossolalia').

At present, the society maintains offices in Vancouver and on Gabriola Island, and has corresponding members in five countries around the globe. Membership is free  and open to anyone with an interest in the goals of the society. To contact us please email xenograph@telus.net

Paper Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that became popular with the invention of industrial lithography in the early 1800s, when fifty publishing houses across Europe offered sets of cardboard sheets that could be assembled to create miniature versions of proscenium theatres, figures, and set pieces for th latest plays performed at home. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in paper theatre, withl international festivals such as the Preetzer Papiertheatertreffen, the Paper Theatre Festival Eparnay, France, Great Small Works in New York and the Vischmarkt Papierentheater Festival in Holland.

The Xenographic Society has created a number of paper theatre-based performances, as part of an ongoing research project titled 'The Aesthetics of Disappointment' focussed in on the effect of imperfect or denied embodiment in performance. (see also: COLLISION: Interarts Practice and Research, David Cecchetto, Nancy Cuthbert, Julie Lassonde, Dylan Robinson, ed. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008., ISBN: 1-4438-0031-7))

Informed by Acoustic Ecology and Acoustic cartography, Xenographic projects often involve sound, as a critical and poetic element. Many projects have been collaborations with media and performance artists, an have taken place in the context of small communities.

Xenographic Projetcs have been presented in collaboration with:Vancover New Music, The Western Front, Copeland + Kahre Sound Art, FRONT Magazine, Open Space Victoria, The Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Teh Internationale Papeiertheaterfestival Preetz, Lulu Performing Arts, and Poetry Gabriola.

 

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BEING AND TIME : ABRIDGED

From the Series:Philosohical Milestones of the Twentieth Centruy;

Being and Time

First published in FRONT Magazine by the Western Front in 2009 and subsequently presented at the 2011 International Paper Theatre Festival in Preetz, This is the first in a series of 'abriged' works of Twentieth Century Philosophy made performable as paper theatre. Available for download on request.


 

 

EAR | NOSE | THROAT

A meditation on Language, Tourism and the Medical Profession

ENT stillphoto

Above: Dr. Gosebruch speaks about Wine. Below: A Ukulele Concert aboard the MS Leonardo da Vinci. 2009

ENT

Ear/Nose/Throat tells the story of a group of physicians on a holiday package tour on a riverboat. As the world drifts by, we get to know their opinions about life ashore, about insects, Gamelan music and especially about each other. There is always something interesting to eat, they chat about hepatitis and reconstructive surgery following mandibular carcinoma. Kiekegaard, Heidegger and a Bavarian poet make an appearance, there is a Ukulele concert at midnight and in the end it even looks like the ship might be going down. Performed by Andreas Kahre and David Garfinkle, in English and German.

 

Commissioned by Gamelan Madu Sari Vancouver, with support by the Canada Council for Arts and the BC Arts Council

 


 

 

THE LINEAR ANIMAL

Is it a love story? Is it Heideggerian ontology? Or is it just a bunch of cardboard cutouts?

 

Written and performed by Andreas Kahre, in collaboration with Kenneth Newby (Live sound processing) and Aleksandra Dulic (Live video processing)

and David Garfinkle (Reader) Stefan Smulovitz (Violist, Vancouver) and Ashlan Phoenix Gray (Train wrangler)

Performances: Premiere: April 14, 2007 Lulu Perfoming Arts, Gabriola Island, and March 1, 2008, Western Front, Vancouver

Images: Premiere Performance, Lulu Perfomring Arts. Gabriola Island,


Jeff Koons

Above: Jeff Wall and Jeff Koons in a pillowfight.

 

 


 

X,Y: THE SOLDIER'S TALE

With Talking Pictures, Musique Actuelle Ensemble
( Ron Samworth, Peggy Lee, Bill Clarke, and Dylan Vanderschyff)

Music adaptation by Ron Samworth, Text adaptation by Andreas Kahre

x,y

Directed and performed by Andreas Kahre and Adrienne Wong
with David Garfinkle, Hiro Kanagawa, and Lesley Ewan as readers

Lighting Design by Francesca Albertazzi

performed as part of the Western Front New Music Series, produced by DB Boyko, May 10-13, 2000

Above: David Garfinkle as the Devil
Top Right: The Soldier visits the sleeping Princess
Centre: The Devil has a proposition for the soldier
Bottom: Audience and performers at the Western Front



 

WOYZECK

based on an adaptation of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck for readers and micro-orchestra by Andreas Kahre

Woyzeck triptych

Performed as part of 'Cheap Illusions', a performance serie produced by Vancouver Pro Musica, in association with Rumble Productions, at the Havana Theatre, Vancouver. Directed by Andreas Kahre, performed by David Garfinkle, Hiro Kanagawa, Mike Stack, Adrienne Wong, Norman Armour, Ruth Mcintosh, Sarah Douglas

 


 

GATOWER TOTENTANZ

Paper Theatre/ Performance+Audio Installation based on 'Text and Drawings from Tod einer Werbeagentur, Andreas Kahre, 2013)

Totentanz

 


 

THE REAR VIEW MIRROR PLAYS

 

Four Definitivist Paper Theatre Plays, performed as part of Half A Tank, Radix Theatre, Vancouver and Toronto

1. Half a Tank
2. The Nucleon Coverup
3. The Man who Never left his Car
4. On the Road

 

 

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CAREER  POINT INDEXING : POLICY MATTERS


Administrations of Art and Culture
Clive Robertson
, Published byYYZBOOKS (2006), FORMAT: Paperback ISBN: 0-920397-36-0.

For more information, see: https://www.yyzbooks.com/?p=51

Career Indexing


THE SELF/INCRIMINATION FORM

VISPO Exhibit, L Gallery, Moscow
L Gallery, The Xenographic Society will be part of the upcoming VISPO Anthology of Visual Poetry 1998-2008, edited by by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis, and was recently included in the VISPO Exhibit.
VISPO at Gallery L, Moscow

Self/Incrimination Form


BAGPIPING IN WALES

Print INtervention UBC Music Library, 2000
Having played for many years with Bagpipers, it seemed appropriate to write a guide to Welsh Bagpiping and place it with the other volumes on Piping in the music library of the University of British Columbia. Dedicated to Michael O'Neill.
Download a copy of Bagpiping in Wales

 


ONCE AND FUTURE SELVES

FRONT Magazine, Vancouver, 2008
Venn diagram , The Xenographic Society will be part of the upcoming VISPO Anthology of Visual Poetry 1998-2008, edited by by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis, and was recently included in the VISPO Exhibit.
VISPO at Gallery L, Moscow

 

 


TENDER

Xenographic Project, 0112.4 (2008)
Proposal to the European Central Bank for anniversary Re-issue of commemorative Euro Notes to the values of 10, 20, and 100 Euro.

 

Neuer Euro Collection


RADIX RETAIL

Radix Theatre, Vancouver, 2012

Radix Retail Catalogue

 

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