Sound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art

  • Cornelia Sollfrank (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition


    Improved tele-vision (web project/installation)

    The conceptual web-based project Improved Tele-vision is Sollfrank’s continuation of previous artistic interventions into Arnold Schönberg’s music piece Verklärte Nacht, opus 4 (1899). Korean-born video pioneer Nam June Paik (1977) as well as Suisse action and object artist Dieter Roth (1979) both consecutively manipulated the pace of Schönberg’s piece and established their versions by producing vinyl records of their particular pieces. In Sollfrank’s Improved Tele-vision, a tongue-in-cheek emancipatory response, however, the listener becomes an interactive ‘user’ who can decide upon the pace of the music ‘self-paced’. The website consists of two different areas: the ‘studio’ and the ‘gallery.’ The studio contains Schönberg’s original piece that can be accessed through a graphical interface depicting a record player. The mouse-operated pitch control button allows to speed up and to slow down the music according to the user’s taste. The ‘gallery’ shows an abstract reproduction of the installation, which constructs the genealogy of Schönberg, Paik, Roth and Sollfrank by showing their aesthetically harmonised painted portraits and along with each portrait a comment of the particular artist regarding their motivations. For the installation in real space Sollfrank also composed a discrete music piece: Self-paced’ (7:56 min), which is not available in the online version. The title of Sollfrank’s project Improved Tele-vision draws on a statement by Paik in which he describes his Monogolian ancestors as notoriously curious: “They saw far, and when they saw a new horizon far away, they had to go and see far more – ‘Tele-vision’ in Greek means ‘to see far.’ See far = fernsehen = Tele-vision.” Sollfrank builds on this mentality of endless curiosity and expands and improves it by introducing an ironic media and gender-related level of self-reflexivity.
    Period17 Mar 20126 Jan 2013
    Event typeConference
    LocationKarlsruhe, GermanyShow on map