Exploring Party

June 16 - 23, 2007
Exploring Party – Party as Art. From Warhol’s EPI to Now - live performances, graphic art, exhibition, screening, presentations
Location/partner: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Live-Performances with Pfadfinderei/Modeselektor, Dominik Eulberg, Triple R, Yvette Klein, Christian Jamin, Inverse Cinematics, Matthias Siegert, Myriam Kunz, Alexandra Mahnke, Alexandar Nesic
Exhibition with Ronald Nameth, Jonas Mekas, The Light Surgeons, Rojo, Robert Heel
Screening with Maya Deren, Ronald Nameth, Charles Wilp
Lecture by Maxa Zoller
Graphic art by Oliver Moore


Programme & more information > pdf (350 KB) > download here

Saturday, June 16, 2007
8 pm, opening
Greeting: Monika Wüst (district councillor Stuttgart)
Presentation: Maxa Zoller, art historian and curator, London: „Never before art has been so much fun: an introduction to party as art“
Screening: Maya Deren, „Ritual in Transfigured Time“ (USA, 1946, 16mm)
Audiovisual performance of two drummers triggering video by playing the drums: Alexandra Mahnke (dance, Stuttgart), Aleksandar Nesic (drums, Stuttgart) and Anja Füsti (drums, Stuttgart)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
8pm, Screening
Screening: Videointerview with Ronald Nameth, Jonas Mekas, Velvet Underground’s First Public Appereance (1966), Ronald Nameth, Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1967), Charles Wilp, Afri-Cola-Filme (1971)

Friday, June 22, 2007
9:30 pm, audiovisual Live-Performances with electronic music and visuals
Modeselektor (BPitch Control, Berlin), Die Pfadfinderei (Visuals, Berlin)
11 pm, audiovisual Live-Performances with electronic music and visuals
Inverse Cinematics (pulver records, Stuttgart), VJ vonM/Matthias Siegert, Myriam Kunz (Stuttgart)

Saturday, June 23, 2007
9:30 pm, audiovisual Live-Performances with electronic music and visuals
Dominik Eulberg, Triple R (Traum Schallplatten (Traum/Trapez/MBF), Köln), Yvette Klein (Visuals, Köln), Christian Jamin (Visuals, Basel)

Graphic Design / Light / Motion Graphics
Daniel Fritz, Oliver Moore, vonM/Matthias Siegert, Maik Stapelberg

June 16-23 in the Württembergischer Kunstverein, exhibition with monitor screenings of art films/videos on and around the party topic

Jonas Mekas, Velvet Underground’s First Public Appereance (1966)
Ronald Nameth, Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1967)
The Light Surgeons, Wild Man of New York RMX (2002)
Die Pfadfinderei, Nightcreatures (2004)
Rojo, The Good Ones (2005)
Yvette Klein, Rave Rabbit (2006)
Robert Heel, What Makes a Good Party (2007)


Die Pfadfinderei

Dominik Eulberg

Yvette Klein

Filmstill aus Maya Deren "Ritual In Transfigured Time"

Filmstill aus Ronald Nameth "Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable"

Filmstill aus Jonas Mekas "Velvet Underground’s First Public Appearance"

Filmstill aus Charles Wilp "afri cola filme"

The party as an event format has a creative potential that was tried and tested in the art and music scenes of the early 60s, most famously by Andy Warhol. Since the end of the 90s, with the rise of a wide-spread VJ culture, experimental audiovisual events with party characteristics have been organized in various locations all over the world. A broad community of artists and musicians has grown out of that development. To explore this phenomenon within different curatorial contexts is on the agenda of fluctuating images, a non-commercial media art gallery with a mostly audiovisual orientation. The project “Exploring Party” will examine the history of the party as a space for experimental art, while at the same time manifesting the artistic potential of the party in live events.

In the mid 60s, Andy Warhol's “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” featured all the pop-cultural media of the day: multiple projections, lighting design, the spectator as living screen, dance, music by the Velvet Underground – with these ingredients, Warhol invented a multimedia event that was both art and a party.

Transforming parties into art goes back even earlier, as can be seen in Maya Deren's experimental films like “Ritual in Transfigured Time” (1946); a filmic tradition that leads to Sam Taylor-Wood's “Third Party” (1999) amongst others. The party has therefore a long history as a space for experimental art forms, it is an off-space for subcultures, but also a semi-official in-space, it is a space for aesthetic and social energies – this is what the “Exploring Party” project will demonstrate in practice while opening a theoretical discourse in its exhibition and event programme. For the first time, the focus will be on artists creating parties within the rooms of an art institution.

Visual music will be the centre of these parties – live generated productions by DJs or electronic musicians and VJs that come from a club or party context but are steadily conquering art institutions. Three multimedia live-performances will deal with party as art via music, visuals, dance, graphics and motion graphics. Modeselektor (music) and Die Pfadfinderei (visuals) who already presented their Labland show in the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Volksbühne (Berlin) will present a new audiovisual set, and Yvette Klein (visuals at Sonar and Loop, Barcelona) and Christian Jamin (visuals at Theater Basel) will realize a new audiovisual set together with Dominik Eulberg (music, Dance Music Award nomination 2004 and 2006) and Triple R (music, label director of Traumschallplatten). Matthias Siegert (video) does not only realize the motion graphics, together with Inverse Cinematics (music) he'll show an audiovisual set with party footage and animated graphics by stapelberg & fritz.

This artistic character of these parties will be complemented by an exhibition showing exemplary film works related to the topic, and by lectures and discussion panels reflecting on it.

Andy Warhol’s EPI is the main reference point for the discussion of party as art. Two things are central: the accumulation of media and the interaction of media – finding new possibilities in both. Since the audience at EPI was severely stressed out by the collected forces of the media there, felt steamrollered by media overkill, the second idea, the interaction between the media, looks more promising.
This is the starting point for Exploring Party, especially in the three live performances. Today it’s possible to digitally produce sounds and images in real time, and to digitally tie these together – so what new roads are open for the interaction between the media? Visual Music is at the centre of developments here, the genre steadily experimenting with audiovisual interaction. Visual Music has its roots mostly in a club and party environment. Here’s where the aesthetics of earlier avant-garde filmers have been developed to find fitting visualisations for dance music – which, going back again, already lies at the heart of Warhol’s EPI.
It was Warhol who used the freedom of a party context to experiment with the artistic possibilities of a party – ultimately turning the party into a work of art. Party as art, here we come full circle: this is our concern, questioning the history of media, the actuality of media, the status accorded to different arts. An attempt to answer these questions must go beyond a simple presentation in an exhibition. That’s why party as art is not just a topic that the Exploring Party project discusses and reflects, but something the live events will realise in performance.

For Warhol's EPI on ubu see: www.ubu.com/film/nameth_velvet.html

Supported by Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, Medienteam Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Kulturamt Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Schwedische Botschaft, Audi Zentrum Stuttgart, Prolab Stuttgart, afri cola, Haller Löwenbräu, Smirnoff Ice and Rilling Sekt. Sound: f.concept - licht + tontechnik (www.f-concept.de). Media partners: Lift Stuttgart and re.flect.

Further information:


www.modeselektor.com - Modeselektor
www.pfadfinderei.com - Die Pfadfinderei
www.dominik-eulberg.de - Dominik Eulberg
www.traumschallplatten.de - Riley Reinhold aka Triple R
www.traumschallplatten.de/videos.html - Yvette Klein
www.videoplus.ch - Christian Jamin
www.pulver-rec.com - Inverse Cinematics
www.vonm.de - Matthias Siegert
www.studioolympia.de - Oliver Moore


www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNwp4nNTeJg - Jonas Mekas
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a1uMvWFlj0 - Charles Wilp
http://lightsurgeons.com/category/main/news/ - The Light Surgeons
www.traumschallplatten.de/videos.html - Yvette Klein
www.pfadfinderei.com - Die Pfadfinderei
- Robert Heel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMiRDICVq6s - Rojo

“Exploring Party” is part of the project “Visual Music” (2007-2008) by fluctuating images e.V. and is supported by Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg.