Planetarium Performance: Art-I-Fiction II
As part of 1997’s documenta city program, Michael Vorfeld and Hans Tammen created an immersive visual and sound installation in the Kassel planetarium, using the computer-controlled Zeiss 1015 planetarium projector, set against low-tech light sources such as incandescent lamps, fluorescent light, neon light, light boxes, torches, and slide projectors; and a surround sound performance created with a wide array of mechanical preparations (including brushes, small stones, electric fans, cigarette lighters, Ebows and chopsticks) from guitars, and a theremin.
The performance was generously supported by Kulturstiftung der Kasseler Sparkassen.
HNA Review 1997: Tilting Away with the Earth
“Man´s will is his heaven” – a saying that, like all of it´s kind, bears a core of truth: the inside of the planetarium in the center of the orangerie doesn´t allude to such a heaven at first sight – even less so, when naked lightbulbs of diverse color are tangled with wires, cables, switches and slide projectors in thick wraps.
These were all utensils of “Art-I-Fiction II”, a performance of the Kassel-based musicians Michael Vorfeld and Hans Tammen. While Vorfeld interjected light actions in the projections of the planetarium, Hans Tammen emphasized the atmosphere with acoustic experiments: with live sampling and other alienating effects he manipulated his guitar in a way that created aggressive interferences and voluminous continuing sounds. Those were human interventions in the universe, even though simulated. Especially Vorfeld´s light projections dealt with the theme of human intervention into the cosmos, when he created new galaxies by the light radiations of pocket lamps.