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Erik Bünger

Erik Bünger

Erik Bünger (Växjö, Sweden, 1976) is drawn to processes of transformative incorporation, the actions of sonorous reception and emission that we constantly effect, and whose effect we are. In one of his more recent works such as A Lecture on Schizophonia, the Swedish artist based in Berlin has reinvented a genre that flourished in the eighteenth-century theatre: the lecture-performance. One of the most successful of these was George Stevens’s lecture On Heads, which used a series of busts of historical figures to develop some meditations upon the idea of character.

A Lecture on Schizophonia is a project existing both as a performance piece and as a video piece, investigating the phenomenon of ‘schizophonia’. A term originally coined by R. Murray Schafer to describe the nervous split that is created when sound is separated from its source. This lecture centres around the convivial deathliness of the half-lives emitted and reanimated by recording technology, voices without a body and yet, insofar as they are voices, always evoking the kind of quasi-corporeality that Steven Connor once called the “vocalic body.” A Lecture on Schizophonia ends with a couple of examples of posthumous duets between living singers and the recorded dead—Celine Dion singing All the Way with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole singing Unforgettable with her father Nat King Cole, technology’s final victory over death making ‘unforgettable’ seem more like a menace than a promise.

Erick Bünger’s Gallery

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