STUDIO (TAKE 1) when electrified architecture becomes aether

May 30th, 2013 until June 1st, 2013



Raviv Ganchrow (US/NL)
Andreas Krach (GER)
Roman Stetina (CZ)
Esther Venrooy (NL/BE)

MAY 30 Exhibition Opening: 15.00 – 22.00 (concert at 20:30)
MAY 31-JUNE 1 Exhibition Hours: 16.00 – 18.00
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwasstraat 134
Free Entry

The STUDIO exhibition series focuses on a place that most of us just know from hearsay: The sound studio. The exhibition presents works focusing on the sound studio as a space for an imaginative utilization of sound; as a space of recording and broadcasting, of experimentation and control, of action and documentation.

Exhibition including works by Raviv Ganchrow, Esther Venrooy, Roman Stetina
Opening: Thursday May 30th 15:00 – 22:00
Exhibition opening hours
Friday May 31th – June 1st, 16:00 – 18:00

Concerts by Esther Venrooy, Andreas Krach
Thursday May 30th 20:30 – 22:00

This event is made possible with kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande.
Radio Plays Itself by Raviv Ganchrow was partially realized with support from the Mondriaan Fonds.
Curated by Lucas Norer

Raviv Ganchrow

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Raviv Ganchrow presents parts of his new work ”Radio Plays Itself“. For this installation, the opening scenes of “Radio Plays Itself”, recorded primarily in the control room at Hörspiel studio at Funkhaus Vienna, are re-enacted in the control room of Studio #2 at STEIM.

Raviv Ganchrow’s (1972) work focuses on interrelations between sound and space, aspects of which are explored through sound installations, writing and the development of acoustic forming and vibration sensing technologies. Recent installations directly engage the everyday acoustic environment, plumbing notions of ‘place’ that are constructed by way of frequency interdependencies between sound, location and listener. He is currently engaged in a series of projects under the heading Listening Subjects that examine the contextual circuitry in sites of listening whereby audibility, surroundings and subjectivity are conductive of one another. He has been teaching architectural design in the graduate program at TU Delft and is currently a faculty member at the Institute of Sonology, The Hague.

Roman Stetina

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The common motif of Roman Št?tina’s video-series STUDIO is the environment of an old radio broadcasting studio in Pilsen/Czech Republic. Roman’s main theme is sound itself – its recording and broadcasting. He does not consider sound recording as a mere auxiliary tool for documentation but as a condition of an action. The listeners are thus subtly confronted with their own readiness to believe that sound is a medium capable of recording the real world and that it is possible to hear things that we cannot normally hear. (Text:Michal P?chou?ek)

The work of Roman Št?tina gives several examples of favourable conditions that ensure an imaginative use of sound. In his body of work the artist makes use of his profound  knowledge of radio broadcasting and related technologies. Roman lives two parallel lives; the romantic life of a performing musician and the pragmatic life of a radio editor cooperating with Czech Radio. He frequently cooperates with others artists in various projects with a healthy indifference to the acknowledgement of his co-authorship. Roman has always been able to connect these activities with his free artistic work – the acoustic image – situated on the boundary between sound installation in a gallery context and public radio broadcasting.

Andreas Krach

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Andreas Krach is the man behind the cardboard of the tinfoil-covered and Berlin-based noisy musical robot called “Krach der Roboter”. Andreas developed it for the annual cocktail-robotics fair “Roboexotica” while studying Electroacoustics in Vienna in the year 2002. While the robot’s music became successful on Austrian radio, it’s constructor went deep into the abyss of no-input drone music and spent many years on the fine tuning of squeaky glitches and oscillations. Expect a powerful drone that explores both the resonances of the building and the bodies and brains inside.


Esther Venrooy

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Within her artist in residency at STEIM, Esther Venrooy is developing a new site specific work at STEIM’S Studio #1. Additionally Esther Venrooy will delight us with a concert.

Esther Venrooy (°1974, Rosmalen, The Netherlands) is a composer working in the field of audio art. Her works range from purely electronic composed music to improvised combinations of electronica with traditional instrumentation such as piano, guqin, pipa and satsuma-biwa. She has created site-specific works as well as multimedia performances and installations. Much of her music has been released on CD or vinyl at Entr’acte Label (UK) and has received good critical acclaim.
Esther Venrooy has performed her music extensively for audiences in cities such as Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Washington DC, NewYork, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Shanghai and Beijing.
Apart from her artistic activities, Venrooy is a lecturer on 20th century music and experimental arts at the Ghent school of fine arts, where she also runs the audio workshop. Venrooy furthermore presides the board of (k-raa-k)3 organization. Since 2009 Esther started her PhD research on “Audio topography – (re)constructing auditive spaces”. In this research she explores the auditory experience of space and the interaction between the auditory senses and the built environment.