Sunday 02.01.2015 | 6pm
For the final night of Generator at ALLGOLD, Ken Montgomery will conduct an octophonic cassette piece by Conrad Schnitzler.
Ken Montgomery is a New York based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation of Generator, New York’s first sound art gallery (1989). At Generator Montgomery amassed what is now a time capsule of internationally produced art in the form of cassettes, records, zines and ephemera from the days before the internet when artists collaborated and corresponded by post. In 2013 at Audio Visual Arts in New York City, Montgomery exhibited his collection from that era and re-created Generator by curating events with artists whose work was shown at Generator in the late 80s and early 90s.
Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) is legendary in the German electronic and avant-garde music scene as a founding member of Tangerine Dream and of Kluster. His work as an intermedia artist is less know yet equally legendary. Schnitzler studied sculpture with Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, exhibited his black and white metal sculptures in Berlin, and participated in performances and “happenings” in the same circles as many well-known Fluxus artists, although never identified himself as part of any group or movement. He preferred to create his own individual mythology.