Is sound visible? How can a space be felt? And what is the relationship between architecture and sound? In the installation ‘White Circle’ visitors immerse themselves where light and sound mould themselves around their bodies, continually transforming the space around them. “Be Embraced!”
Since 1996 the raster-noton label has provided a platform for a range of artists and art forms brought together by a desire for minimalistic and at times rigid forms. Looking purely at the music which has appeared on raster-noton, there is already a broad spectrum ranging from modern club music to contemporary classical compositions. Alva Noto – also known as the visual artist Carsten Nicolai – has already appeared at the Ruhrtriennale in 2012 together with Ryuichi Sakamoto (with whom he composed the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’) and the Ensemble Modern. In 2016 Alva Noto also presented a set of abstract electronic club music as part of Ritournelle.
As an “archive for sound and non-sound” raster-noton finds expression not only in music, videos and books but also in installations which create a relationship between the individual disciplines, as is the case with ‘White Circle’, an installation created in 2016 to mark the label’s twentieth anniversary. In the centre stands a ring of florescent tubes which react individually to musical impulses and illuminate the space. At the Ruhrtriennale this is one of the most impressive industrial spaces in the entire Ruhr region: the Duisburg Kraftzentrale.A number of raster-noton artists were specially commissioned to compose works for the installation. Six pieces by Alva Noto, Byetone, Kangding Ray and Frank Bretschneider run here in a loop and each interacts in very different ways with the florescent tubes. As a result each individual piece becomes an independent synaesthetic experience.