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Within the course of the Ö1 programme series "Nebenan" which focusses on Romania this month, Kunstradio has invited the Romanian artist and curator Matei Bejenaru for a special broadcast. He represents an innovative, highly active generation of artists in Romania, networkers, who are interested in working in different public fields and with different media.
In Vienna, Matei Bejenaru did three pieces for Kunstradio which all reflect on the specific political, social and artistic context they were produced within. They are part of a series of "Speaking Performances". So far the artist has always performed for an audience, in public, sometimes speaking for hours – thus, the performance for radio is a new aspect to this work.
Matei Bejenaru on his Speaking performances:
"Since 1997, when I started the Speaking performances, I've been interested in the physiological limits of the speaking process, in working with words as raw material for art projects, in analysing the language as an important element of national identities. In my latest speaking performances, I have also started to analyze phonetical reading rules and have developed individual algorythms for reading, by transforming the text from an intelligible message into an abstract sound mass generated by my body and controlled by my ratio.
The source material for this piece were the politics pages of four major Austrian daily newspapers two days before the national elections. Referring to the "i" in the word politics, the artist subordinated the texts, a mix of political comments and objective reports, due to a linguistic matrix. In accordance to scientific studies or statistical methods, this "film" should function as an objective instrument for analyzing a text. Can we can draw conclusions about the qualitiy of a text from the frequency of a vocal?
The result is a minimalistic, but at the same time very dense piece, its rhythm
depending on the structure of the text material.
An associative field of around 200 words which the artist assigned and assembled with the term and idea of desperation and read aloud.