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Four figures standing on a stage with colorful costumes and instruments.
Carsten Gebhardt: »AG Geige − Ein Amateurfilm«, Frank Bretschneider
Wed, September 11, 2013 8 pm CEST, Film Screening
The connection of electronic music and film guarantees rare insights into the avant-garde scene in the GDR at the second edition of IMA_soundvisions:
The film AG Geige – Ein Amateurfilm is about the artists collective AG Geige. By way of extracts from concerts, the documentary film carries the audience off into the GDR underground scene, and makes an attempt to trace those years of artistic intention and the special aspects of the period by way of discussions with artists, radio broadcasters, events-organizers and curators. Following the film, the public will have the possibility to engage in discussion with the director Carsten Gebhardt.

With Frank Bretschneider, a founding member of AG Geige on stage. Bretschneider has meanwhile become an internationally renowed solo-electronics musician; he will perform an audio-visual concert following the screening. AG Geige Opinion remains divided as to whether the quartet from dreary Karl-Marx-Stadt is actually an artists collective or an avant-garde band: with their bizarre artificial stage outfits and the use of self-produced and over-painted films and videos with strangely absurd text through to poetry, they were autodidacts. And neither did their music correspond to that which was known: Under the dictates of all-pervasive economic deficits, they were influenced by electronically produced sounds and samples by way of tape recordings and collected equipment.

By the end of the 1980s, the state − and also state-controlled − youth radio station DT64 included the group’s self-produced music into its program, and, a short time later, produced AG Geige’s music at a professional level. The group soon began touring throughout the country and found itself in the former studios of the only GDR record collective. Frank Bretschneider The founding member of AG Geige was born in Obercrinitz, Sachsen (Germany), in 1956 and was brought up in Karl-Marx-Stadt (since 1990 known as Chemnitz). He continues to work as a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His electronically generated work is based primarily on repetitive, complex rhythm structures and interlacing textures, and appears to be inspired by modern physics. The music is supplemented by computer-generated, perfectly synchronized visualizations.