September 19th

Films and live performances by Atsushi Yamamoto, Christian Schneider, Delgado Fuchs, Hammes, Zende, Helena Gough, Pe Lang, Richard Garet, and Zimoun
co-presented with GATE
@ the Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

Join us for an evening of experimental video and sound performances featuring a survey of work from of European, Asian, and American artists of the Leerraum [ ] network.

In a world clamoring with sounds, we are often bombarded by their calamity and attempt to shut them out.  But when we are able to focus we can easily hear the sensual qualities found in their detail.  When this focus is aided by the experience of an artist, we are often able to see mundane things with new perspective.

Leerraum [ ] is an international network, platform and label of artists engaged in studying space, form and structure through a reductionist approach and careful yet radical handling of materials. Up to now, Leerraum [ ] has published some 50 CDs, DVDs and obscure objects, and presented more than 30 sound installations by its artists. At this point, Leerraum [ ] consists of 45 artists of 15 different nationalities, spread across 4 continents and 25 cities. Leerraum [ ] was founded 2003 by the artist Zimoun and the graphic designer Marc Beekhuis.

In September 2008, Leerraum [ ] will be presented for the first time in the United States, featured as Leerraum [ ] Nights in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The presentations will feature works of 13 artists as live performances or video screenings. Simultaneously, the Gosia Koszielak Gallery in Chicago will be presenting a sound installation from the series «Untitled Sound Objects» by Pe Lang and Zimoun.

The Philadelphia program will include:

Atsushi Yamamoto (Tokyo, video)
Christian Schneider (Bern, video)
Delgado Fuchs (Bern/Lausanne/Brussels, video)
Hammes + Zende (Berlin, video)
Helena Gough + Zimoun (Berlin/Bern, performed by Zimoun)
Pe Lang (Berlin, live)
Pe Lang, Richard Garet + Zimoun (Berlin/New York/Bern, live)
Richard Garet (New York, live)

This event is made possible through the support of the Rotunda and by PRO HELVETIA Swiss Arts Council.

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.


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