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Verwüstung

The piece Verwüstung (Devastation) by Scar sisters (Anto Manhartsberger and Constanza Mendoza) addresses structural violence in gynaecological surgery. A lack of transparency and information and underdeveloped research clash with capital and individual interests. People whose reproductive options are limited or who have no desire to have children are denied the right to self-determined sexuality and their reproductive organs can be removed without a second thought. The often far-reaching consequences are ignored in medical discourse and the psychological, physical and sexual consequences are neglected. Those affected feel anger, sadness, powerlessness, loneliness and inner emptiness.
Verwüstung is a call for solidarity and self-empowerment.
We are scar sisters, ready to fight. With our bodies and our words. Our weapon is openness. Scar sisters against patriarchy, scar sisters for radical empathy, scar sisters against physical and psychological violence at the examination chair. Scar sisters for unlimited satisfaction. Sisters in solidarity!


to desert

TO DESERTdeserteur:innenorgelklänge by Anto Manhartsberger and Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

With TO DESERT we want to initiate our big project to play the hero organ of Kufstein and thus invisibly transform it into a desteur:innen organ; to create factual realities from sounds. While Anto was practically born into the sound space of the Kuftstein outdoor organ, Lale was fascinated by the sound of the organ during a crisis-ridden phase of her life. It has opened up space for both.

Past projects:

Im Zuge der Ernüchterung oder Eine Reise ins Innere

won the second prize at Berliner Hörspielpreis.

Past performances at Schauspielhaus Graz, Lokalharmonie Duisburg and Theater im Bahnhof Graz May – July 2023.

©Peter Jaques

After a night of drinking, a woman wakes up on a train.
As the landscape races past the window, she slowly comes to and begins to remember – drunken moments and drunken people, who all always derail at some point. As the pounding in her head lessens and her thoughts become clearer, the train becomes the stage for a drinking society and she begins to question where she is. Is she across the border yet?
Is it time to get out or change?
The performance is a feminist attempt at reconstruction with memories of the poem “The Journey to Petushki” by V. Yerofeyev, an attempt to find a language: How sober do we want to be?

concept by Vera Hagemann, Antonia Manhartsberger, Bianca Fladerer
Text: Vera Hagemann
stage and costume: Bianca Fladerer
Sound and composition: Anto Manhartsberger
Performance: Vera Hagemann, Anto Manhartsberger

please don’t eat the rich

Sound installation in the context of Sicherheitsfestspiele, Forum Stadtpark

The sound installation is about the question of security at the Opera Ball. What do opera ball visitors need to be protected from? What are the potential threats, dangers and inconveniences? What disturbs veteran conformism?

By interweaving audio snippets of potential security threats with those of classic opera ball kitsch in a random arrangement, the aim is to scratch the smooth facade of the social highlight of the Austrian ball season.


those sounds are wrapped in scars

Sound installation as part of the Klanglicht Festival Graz 2022 in Graz Reininghaus.

©Marija Kanizaj
©Marija Kanizaj

The sound installation those sounds are wrapped in scars is based on the idea that we can hear the histories of surrounding architectures and objects. The sound of a space or an object and its inherent resonance are composed of its material condition and its spatial dimensions. Every change, be it a scratch, a hole, a weld, etc., modifies it. The sound of an object therefore always contains its history as well. With humans, we also use the term resonance. How strongly we react to external influences is always an expression of our individual stories and our scars.

The sound installation is based on the principle of feedback. The resonance of the barrels is picked up by contact microphones and the picked-up signal is simultaneously reproduced directly by contact loudspeakers (transducers) on the barrel. This establishes an autonomous resonance system. simultaneously, the signal is digitally altered and dynamic harmonic layers are generated. The visitors can have an influence by knocking against the barrels and they can also sense the vibrations directly by touching the barrels.


a ghost in the pepper

Installation and performance with Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka rpremiered in the Austrian sculpture park (sterrrn festival 2022) in Matta Wagnests Labyrinth

©Clara Wildberger

A ghost* in the pepper is a performative installation that plays with expectations and role clichés in the relationship between audience and performers and seeks to break through them. With the help of audible and visible reflections and refractions, a multi-layered, walk-through space of experience is created. Performers, audience, sculpture and environment are connected by acoustic feedback and visual reflections to form a whole system that is influenced by all those present. In this way, the sculpture is transformed from a labyrinth of mirrors into a social space in which everyone is equally an actor. Through the shared, symbolic experimentation with an open situation, we can become aware of our own reflections and projections.

©Johanna Lamprecht

gýro

generative audiovisual live performance based on correlating audio and video feedbackloops (Supercollider/TouchDesigner). Two wooden boxes built for this purpose are each prepared with a contact microphone (piezo disk) and a contact loudspeaker (transducer). The signals are processed based on an algorithmic principle, which then control audio-reactive visuals. Later in the piece, rhythmic elements are added, whose relations also follow the given algorithmic principle.
The algorithmic principle is derived from the idea that there is no universal time, but rather various simultaneously existing linear and cyclical time sensations, which in their interplay make the perception of time and the understanding of rhythm possible in the first place. Wooden boxes and loudspeakers sound simultaneously in the room. The primary focus of the AV performance is the contemplative sensual experience.
Gýro is performed live over a duration of approx. 20 minutes.


MALICE. or the poisoned apple

a short film by and with Bruna Diniz Afonso, Franziska Betz, Vera Hagemann, Lain Iwakura and Antonia Manhartsberger


BAD WORKOUT – Tomorrow is cancelled [snippets]

Interactive audiovisual performance
original length: 20 min


present.in.difference

english version below

present.in.difference isa cinematic-dance exploration of the Lend district in Graz, its inhabitants and its sound.
In just under 20 minutes, a physical-performative narrative unfolds in the film about the complexity of the surrounding living space, its different speeds and lived realities. A narrative about encountering and becoming part of urban dynamics as an artistic interdisciplinary reflection on the sociology of space.

The work is based on conversations with people from and in Lend. We thank them for their time and their openness.

Choreography and dance: Bruna Diniz Afonso
Composition and sound design: Anto Manhartsberger
camera and editing: Peter Hutter

Funded by the Cultural Year Graz 2020


present.in.difference is a cinematic-dance exploration of the Lend district in Graz, its inhabitants and its sound.
In just under 20 minutes, a physical-performative narrative unfolds in the film about the complexity of the surrounding living space, its different speeds and lived realities. A narrative about encountering and becoming part of urban dynamics as an artistic interdisciplinary reflection on the sociology of space.

The work is based on conversations with people from and in Lend. We thank them for their time and their openness.

Choreography and dance: Bruna Diniz Afonso
Composition and sound design: Anto Manhartsberger
camera and editing: Peter Hutter

Funded by the Cultural Year Graz 2020


-FUGE- im Glockenklang

©Viktor Andriichenko

The project “-FUGE- im Glockenklang” is the title of an electro-acoustic sound installation in the city centre of Graz, which could be experienced for a few minutes every day at 12 noon and additionally at 3 pm on Fridays during Lent 2021.

Manipulated recordings of the bells of the Graz City Parish Church were played from a loudspeaker opposite the tower of the church. The decay of the church bells was digitally extended to more than a minute and, when played, blended with the last stroke of the bell, as if it were being held in decay. This expansion created an unexpected resonance space that triggered an irritation of the spatial experience of time. This should encourage the people present to pause and look around.
During the period of this sound installation, it could be observed that many passers-by slowed down as they walked by, as if a void had opened up at this point in the street, where time was organised differently.

The objective of the installation is to make passers-by stop and rest. The apparent nondecaying of the bells is intended to create a perturbation that interrupts the routine and thereby opens up space for other thoughts and perceptions.

https://www.katholische-kirche-steiermark.at/portal/home/aktuellesneu/article/25960.html

https://soundportal.at/news/news-detail/die-kunst-der-fuge-in-graz


die Schichtschläferin (the night lodger)

A young woman can no longer sleep in her own bed, her bed “has a hole in it”. She gets to know people who sometimes have to work at night and then sleeps in their beds. The radio play audience experiences the story of the night lodger through dialogue, narration, dreams and inner monologues, immersing themselves in a wondrous world, enveloped in unique sounds and spherical soundscapes.

A radioplay by Antonia Manhartsberger & Antonia Biberger. With: Antonia Biberger, Anto Manhartsberger, Vasilis Contoguris, Alice Peterhans


Where comes the blood from

“You said, you won’t touch me,
where is your hand now?
You said, you would never touch me,
where comes the blood from.
You said, you won’t –
where am I now?”
Stop violence against Women!

Young and Pretty is an experimental exploration of gender-conforming self-representations, sistergood, and the potential of makeup as an emancipatory tool in the context of conservative structures in institutionalized electronic music.
Please use headphones.

english
Young and Pretty is an experimental exploration of gender-conforming self-representations, sistergood, and the potential of makeup as an emancipatory tool in the context of conservative structures in institutionalized electronic music.
Please use headphones.