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  [SUB/DC. Michael Pinter]

Verein Medienturm
Großmarktstraße 8b, A-8020 Graz

The media artist and composer Michael Pinter decontextualizes a former water purification silo to the impressive sound sculpture SUB/DC (subwoofer, direct current). Eight subwoofers that are installed inside are concentrated to a vehement sound source through their symmetrical and from the outside visible arrangement, which allows – reinforced by the raw resonance body – an immediate experience of Pinter’s work. Deep frequency conditions, frequency hopping and blast waves are made audible or palpable as composition. The basic technique consciously is disclosed, the composition-defining parameters are readable on a provided screen and can be changed within an offered range.
With reference to Minimal Art, Pinter leaves the basic structure of steel in its original form intact, thus emphasizing the raw materiality of the cylindric conus as reduced object. Through the change of function towards an installative, crossmedial object, Pinter brings up current questions regarding the reception of art in public space. The, for this purpose, generated sound reconstructs the industrially standardised object towards a reactive, sculptural resonance body, which convinces in its capability to tie in with a current discourse around an extended concept of sculpture, which is also addressed by Christian Scheib: “The sub-cylinder and the composition SUB/DC are an in its means consciously reduced but decidedly made statement: for continued, ideational and technical utilization and extension of the realm of art, for the experiment as indispensable driving force of advanced art and not least for the (sub)-cultural paradox of a traditional experimentation field, for the musikprotokoll.” Starting in April 2004, the Austrian Sculpture Park presents for several years Michael Pinter’s work SUB/DC as permanent loan of Kunstverein Medienturm.

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Michael Pinter, SUB/DC, 2003. installation. View Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz