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What is trans-Art?

trans-Art allows interplay between different art forms like music, literature and visual arts, which results in an intesified overall experience for the audience.

The aim of a trans-Art performance is to leave traditional forms of presentation behind and to arrive at a freely associative performance through reciprocal inspiration and reaction. This leads to a deepened aesthetic understanding by the performers as well as the audience.

The name “Composition graphique” (“Zeichenkomposition”) implies that the graphical work is a free transcription of the ongoing performance. Let us remind ourselves: contemporary music is an integral component of this trans-Art performance – meaning that abstract drawing interacts with abstract sounds and vice versa.

„If you don’t have a friend who’s a painter, you’re in trouble.“ This sentence, mentioned by Morton Feldman 1984 in Darmstadt, doesn´t mean not only the personal significance between the friendship to Philip Guston, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Rothko, but also the obvious enrichment, that can increase the dialog between different art forms. This interdisciplinary capasity, which was the ultimate item in Feldman´s work, belongs to the important parameters of artistic operating and receiving nowadays.

For my collaboration at the Mid Atlantic trans-Art-tour in 2014, Erik Spangler, composer, living in Baltimore, was performing an improvised soundscape based on samples of his compositions from the past 20 years, as well as recent recordings of improvisations with his children. These samples were performed with tactile surfaces (iPad, Kaoss Pad, Ableton Push) that allowed a mode of music-making very similar to drawing or painting. A form of multimedia feedback loop created as he responded to my live drawing as a graphic score, which in turn was responding to the textures of his music.The audience could follow this process of drawing on the screen.

 A trans-Art- performance is about 40 minutes.