Visual art meets music: "Soundzz.z.zzz…z" combines these different arts.
Soundzz.z.zzz…z © Stefan Deuber/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Submission 2017

The central theme for Lucerne Festival in 2017 is “Identity”: Who am I? The theme involves issues relating to nationality, culture, gender, religion, and much more. The Kunstmuseum Luzern and Lucerne Festival seek out new, unconventional projects that are equally rooted in the realms of the visual arts and of music. The competition is aimed at artist/s (single artist or teams) who are asked to develop a new project at this intersection between music and the visual arts. The key is an interest in the interaction between both disciplines. The form is left open to candidates.

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For years LUCERNE FESTIVAL and the Kunstmuseum Lucerne have fostered cooperation in various formats, with a particular interest in the diverse relationships between visual expression and sound, and since 2013 they have been promoting the combination of these two areas of culture specifically through the competition titled “Soundzz.z.zzz…z”: aspiring young artists are called upon to develop an ephemeral, performative, actionist project that addresses the theme of LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer in a way that involves the interface between music and visual art.

The Winners:
2013 Nils Fischer/Kurt Laurenz TheinertRecode Revolution
2014 David BithellThe Place of Whispers
2015 Johannes Willi: Beethovens Fünfte Sinfonie
2016 Binha Haase & Silke Strahl:The Conductress

What is it like for the female violist of the Vienna Philharmonic as she attends her real-life rehearsals? How does a woman carpenter working in Lucerne talk about her professional life? And to what extent do their experiences overlap or differ from each other? These questions are the starting point for the project by Sophia Martell (*1988, Berlin) and Silke Strahl (*1988, Bad Saulgau). For The Conductress, the two artists will conduct interviews with musicians and visitors to Lucerne Festival as well as with women from Lucerne. These will form the basis for their experimental documentary-artistic work. Together with atmospheric visual and sound recordings of the Festival and observations of women in their daily professional lives, a great variety of narratives of women will be interwoven into a multi-media performance. These stories are by the same token narrative elements and provide the starting point for abstract musical material. The result is a multimedia performance by VJs, female electronic musicians, and female musicians under the direction of the conductress Sophia Martell, which will be performed twice during the Festival’s final week.

In cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Lucerne