Spector Books Artist Talk “Songs & Clouds”

You are invited to a Spect­or Books artist talk with Olaf Nic­olai and Helmut Völ­ter at X Marks the Bök­ship on Thursday Decem­ber 20th, 2012

Olaf Nic­olai — Escal­i­er du Chant (Songs)
“How can songs reflect polit­ic­al events? How does a song become a polit­ic­al song? The artist Olaf Nic­olai invited elev­en inter­na­tion­al com­posers to write songs that ref­er­ence polit­ic­al events which were of cur­rent rel­ev­ance to them. Without pri­or announce­ment, a total of 58 songs were per­formed as a-cap­pella pieces on twelve Sundays in 2011 on the cent­ral stair­case of the Pinakothek der Mod­erne in Munich. Vis­it­ors to the museum found them­selves as act­ors in a staged per­form­ance for brief instances of time. The pub­lic­a­tion Escal­i­er du Chant presents excerpts from the songs and com­ment­ar­ies by the com­posers in the form of 58 music sheets; the accom­pa­ny­ing book­let con­tains vari­ous pho­to­graphs of the per­form­ances. Includ­ing songs by: Tony Con­rad, Georg Friedrich Haas, Georg Katzer, Liza Lim, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Enno Poppe and Mar­cel Bey­er, Rolf Riehm, James Saun­ders, Elli­ott Sharp, Mika Vain­io, Jen­nifer Walshe.”
 — Spect­or Books

Helmut Völ­ter — Cloud Stud­ies (Clouds)
“Clouds are fleet­ing entit­ies – study­ing them so as to cor­rectly clas­si­fy, name and read their forms was con­sidered in the 19th and early 20th cen­tur­ies an import­ant step in com­ing to under­stand the secrets of the atmo­sphere. In its early stages pho­to­graphy offered sci­ent­ists com­pletely new ways of depict­ing clouds. They used cam­er­as to make pre­cise, life­like images, which provided in turn insights into the inter­ac­tion of clouds and the atmo­sphere.

Helmut Völter’s Cloud Stud­ies presents six dif­fer­ent sta­tions of sci­entif­ic cloud pho­to­graphy, from its begin­nings in the 1880s to the images made by the first weath­er satel­lites in the 1960s. Each of the six chapters rep­res­ents a very dif­fer­ent sci­entif­ic and pho­to­graph­ic per­spect­ive of clouds.”
 — Spect­or Books


X Marks the Bök­ship
210/ Unit 3 Cam­bridge Heath Road
Lon­don E2 9NQ

Decem­ber 20th, 2012, 79pm