Time is money? Or is time not just simply time? Our perception of time seems to be a driven one, a disturbed and an acceleratingly
unhealthy one. Instead of living in the now and perceiving the things being around us, we are hunting from one appointment to another, on top of it every free second left is used for being online. Special offer – only until tomorrow! A lifestyle mix of greed and wastefulness.
Physical presence is increasingly unnecessary, but even so there still is a lack of time. Since beginning of the human, the goal is
to overcome time, immortality. Mechanic replacement parts of the body are already a reality, the upload of consciousness is part of the research currently done. The one thing being lost nowadays is loss itself, because everything has a digital footprint. It seems we have overcome time without having had a fullfilled experience of it. The precisely juncture-between sociocultural or rather philosophical observation is where the work of Stefanie Sixt and Markus Mehr starts.
In her visualization Stefanie Sixt examines the moment of transmission – the upload itself. Nothing but lines remained from photographs being damaged during the upload process – corrupt pictures. The attempt to transfer the analog world into the digital to make it immortal failed. It stands symbolically for the loss of control on the cusp of virtuality. The animated collages are created by mixing these corrupt picts with fragments of the originals.
Markus Mehr is approaching the subject by representing a counter concept. DYSCHRONIA is based on one single base file, split in several sound collages during its formation process. The chronological distortions, temporal discontinuities and anachronistic artefacts influence the sound comparable to plug-ins. DYSCHRONIA is using the long term composition process which took more than five years as a creative calculus and is still a tight and complete work including seven sound sculptures close to the genres found-sounds, phonography and sound storytelling.
After her studies of Art and Communication Design (Audiovisual Medias) in the Netherlands and Germany Stefanie Sixt founded her label sixt sense in 2000 in Cologne, further in Berlin, Philadelphia, actually Augsburg. She has produced numerous experimental short films, music videos, conceptual visual arts, audiovisual live (dance) performances and video installations. Since 2010 she has been teaching at different universities of applied sciences. In her art she is reflecting inner processes about the relation of human and nature, physical restriction and its resolution. Sixts´ form of expression is progressively abstract and reduced, as she is focusing on working in black and white. She won several awards and distinctions, her work was shown on festivals e.g. in Berlin (GER), Dresden (GER), Osnarbrueck (GER), Stockholm (SW), Harare (ZW) and internationally exhibited at galleries and in museums. By the end of 2012 Stefanie Sixt was part of the Artist in Residence program of Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.
Markus Mehr had started making music back in the 80ies. His musical roots intitially are in rock music as can be heard on numerous album releases published under various band names and the pseudonym Aroma. After being on tour for years with the projects mentioned above, Mehr decided to take a musical new step, to release under his name. With the album „Lava“ published by Hidden Shoal Recordings in June 2010 he shows his love for sound sculptures, drone, experimental music and the artistic creation of sound. In January 2012 “IN” is published followed by the albums “ON” (July 2012) and “OFF” (January 2013). All of them are reviewed
worldwide. The focus of this triptyche is on repetitive compositions, canons, broken open by elements of noise. At the moment he is concentrating on nonharmonic structures, low frequency oszillations, on generating noise with diverse electronic devices (like guitar pick ups, shavers, curlers etc.), combined with samples, found sounds and field recordings. Markus Mehr performed on several festivals, in churches and museums all over Europe and his music is currently part of the theatre performance “First Life” by Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz.