Thomas Köner

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Thomas Köner (born 1965 in Bochum, West Germany) is a multimedia artist whose main interest lies in combining visual and auditory experiences. The BBC, in a review of Köner's work in 1997, calls him a "media artist," one who works between installation, sound art, ambient music and as one half of Porter Ricks dub techno. [1] A noted characteristics of Köner's dark ambient style are low drones and static soundscapes evocative of desolate, Arctic places. [2]

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During Köner's exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal, the museum described him as a major innovator in the contemporary music scene, as well as noted his collaborative practice which has led to his working with musicians, filmmakers and visual artists on installations and sound performances, and to his creation of six video works produced in two cycles, starting in 2003. [3]

2006 Köner produced Station Eismitte, a work inspired by Alfred Wegener's 1930 arctic expedition and named after the expedition's site. [4]

2009 Köner created The Futurist Manifesto, a digital opera, to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the famous manifesto published in 1909 by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. This work has been performed live several times in festivals across Europe with Carl Faia and Iris Garrelfs.

Album discography

Re-releases

as Porter Ricks (with Andy Mellwig)

as Kontakt der Jünglinge (with Asmus Tietchens)

See also

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References

  1. BBC - Experimental Review - Thomas Köner, Nuuk
  2. Perceptions Of Sublime Simplicity: Thomas Köner Interviewed
  3. "Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal ::: Newsroom ::: Thomas Köner". 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2017-05-24.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. "WDR3 - Station Eismite". Archived from the original on 2011-01-24.