Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
CD – Flux
We remember Frank Rothkamm for his “multiform inspiration and lack of prejudices and genre barriers”, for a kind of hybrid music able to combine “classic tradition and rock culture, interweaving computer music strains, cut-upping and free form improvisations”. The Rothkamm we find nowadays, however, has definitely left the field-recording, blips and intricate stratifications world to embrace American clubbing culture. Rothkamm is based in Reno, Nevada, a city famous for its eccentric combination of entertainment and nature. The sound-artist and sophisticated manipulator has morphed himself into a new clubber, still conceptual but uninhibited in walking through house and tenuously jazzy sequences (who could have guessed?) – now more rhythmic, intricate and dub-esque. The constructions here are only apparently complex – actually quite ductile and provocative, soaked in sophisticated, wrapping sounds and permeated by urban power-lounge atmospheres. It’s perhaps not worthwhile looking for exotic conceptualizations here, although it should be noted that the sound is deliberately vintage, composed in a 90s style and performed in a scientifically démodé way using an “Atari ST and Cubase linked to a vintage array” (we don’t think so). We also don’t need to waste much time thinking about the coherence of an artist’s output; they should be free to betray their own routes without necessarily “explaining” a single work.