Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Passage” a performance and sound installation with a melody by Natalie Dietterich with members of the New York Choral Society in the building and courtyard of Deutsches Haus at NYU. This performance negotiates the cultural and linguistic polyphony of New York and its immigration history. It is a collaboration between artist Anna Schimkat and artist Felix Kindermann. Both artists are currently Artists in Residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).
About the artists:
Felix Kindermann’s work addresses the relationship between humans and their environment, inter-human communication, and the relationship between individuality and collectivity through sculpture, sound art, performance, photography, video, and printmaking. By (de)constructing and (re)assembling objects, architectures and languages, Kindermann examines reciprocity. The artist is interested by the physical, mental, and social dimensions of the human body, which he reflects by assembling self-reflexive entities from fragmented parts. Felix Kindermann has exhibited work at Museum Ludwig and Simultanhalle, Cologne; KANAL- Centre Pompidou, Brussels; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, among others.
Anna Schimkat is a visual artist who has expanded her work into sound art through installations and performances. Schimkat creates spaces that sharpen perception and force the perceiver’s action. Her sound materials include self-made instruments and field recordings of her main instrument, the world around us. Anna Schimkat has exhibited work at Z.i.m.m.t., Germany; RE:FLUX 16, Festival D’Art Sonore, Canada; and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Germany, among others.
Natalie Dietterich is a composer, violinist, and vocalist from Harleysville, PA, primarily known for her orchestral and choral works, rhythmic layering, and creative use of unconventional texts. Recent projects include light, beloved, an acoustic-electric guitar concerto for virtuoso JIJI, which premiered at Carnegie Hall; and Choir Piece, a multidisciplinary collaboration with German artist Felix Kindermann and choreographer Florian Fischer, which questions the idea of “togetherness” by mirroring today's Zeitgeist along with its societal distortions. It was presented by the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Gent, Belgium and will be featured at the KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) in Düsseldorf, Germany as a four day exhibition in early 2020. Dietterich holds M.M. and M.M.A. degrees in music composition from Yale University, a dual bachelor’s degree in music composition and violin performance from West Chester University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at Princeton University.
The New York Choral Society has been hailed as “one of the mainstays of the city’s music scene, known for its adventuresome repertoire.” Founded in 1959, we are widely known for the outstanding artistic quality of our performances of live choral music. We are committed to sharing the essential joy and power of live choral music. Our performances celebrate the unique beauty of choral music through wide-ranging repertory, innovative collaborations and exceptional artistry. Our mission is guided by its commitment to present a diverse repertoire, including well-known choral masterworks, great compositions that are rarely heard in concert halls, and newer, culturally significant choral works in New York.
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This event will take place at 42 Washington Mews. This semester based on NYU guidelines, in-person events will be open to members of the general public.
The sound installation and performance of “Passage” is made possible through an endowment established by Roger J. Schnetzer. Additional thanks goes to Susan Hapgood, Executive Director of the ISCP.