The filigree structures, colour contrasts and nuances of Olafur Eliasson’s »Aerial Riverseries« have been transposed into a musical equivalent by Frank Bretschneider.
Eliasson: The experience of composition is, I believe, a matter of cultivation. As much as the senses and perception are linked with memory and recognition, our relation to composition, space or even colour is closely derived from our cultural habitat.
Bretschneider: The »Riverseries« seemed somehow to fit with my approach to music. I was fascinated, in particular, by the filigree structures, the colour contrasts and nuances. The photographs then seemed very artificial to me, almost digital, in spite of the archaic landscape. I never actually perceived them as landscape images, probably because of the unfamiliar perspective.
Whatness is an audio gallery founded in 2000 with the aim of combining structures of the visual and musical arts. Such internationally renowned artists as Liam Gillick, Joseph Suchy, Frank Bretschneider, Stephen Galloway, Scott Ohlson, Markus Schmickler, Ekkehard Ehlers, Bill Forsythe, Olafur Eliasson and Peter Röhr present their own works as entirely autonomous artistic positions. The fusion of these positions in a project specially created for Whatness generates an expansion of the originamedia and explores the possibilities of an exchange between art and music by various means such as graphic notation, instrument making and vocal art. The respective collaborations are then published as a CD.