Smetak’s Inventions

Fri 17 Mar 2016 to Sun 09 Apr 2017, opening Thu 16 Mar, 18:00

Complementary exhibition for the project “Re-inventing Smetak”
curated by Julia Gerlach, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
Adviser: Marco Scarassatti

Opening Thursday 16 March, 18:00

Walter Smetak “Pindorama, Très Sois”

Walter Smetak, “Pindorama, Très Sois”

© Julia Gerlach

Symposium “Re-thinking Smetak”

23 March, 14:00–18:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
“Smetaks Instrumente als spirituelle Kompositionen”

25 March, 12:00–18:00, daadgalerie
“Smetaks Einfluss auf Tropicália, zeitgenössische Musik und Klangkunst”

23 March, 20:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Concert “Re-inventing Smetak”

24 & 25 March, daadgalerie

This exhibition reflects Walter Smetak’s multi-faceted oeuvre. It presents a selection of the elaborate “Plásticas Sonoras”, some of the instruments Walter Smetak invented in the 1960s and 1970s, and original documents from various archives: writings, films, graphic scores, concrete poetry and photos, all giving an insight into the many layers of Smetak’s philosophy. A two-day conference will explore Walter Smetak’s thinking, his influence on contemporary music and sound art in Brazil as well as thresholds of reception in Europe.

“Re-inventing Smetak” is a project by Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD and Ensemble Modern in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute.
Made possible by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.