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Not A Bird – Transcarnation One (vinyl LP)
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Thomas Müller Not A Bird Transcarnation One (vinyl LP)
published in May 2018
vinyl LP
€24.00
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This vinyl LP associates a visual project and a musical piece by the multidisciplinary German artist. Müller's interest with Wagner's composition Rheingold forms the basis of the sound piece, which consists of a mix of layers of Rheingold recordings. Vinyl sleeves features facsimiles of four ash-painted postcards from the series Not a bird.
For an exhibition in 2005, transdisplinary Thomas Müller burned three of his oil paintings and displayed the resulting pile of ashes as a sculpture entitled Three of my favourite pictures. These particular ashes were reused in new paintings, some of which have again been burned to produce further ashes for further paintings. Thus began a cycle of ash-based works entitled Not a bird, ranging from large canvas paintings to postcards, sometimes enriched with pigment. The paintings were used as source material for video installations and exhibitions, or simply burned to produce more ashes. Müller considers the process of burning and the resulting ashes as a means of transcendence and purification. For this reason, he only uses the ashes of objects related to himself.
This LP brings together Not a bird and Müller's long-time preoccupation with Richard Wagner's Rheingold. The piece, originally conceived as a video, consists of countless layers of Rheingold recordings, with side A using the beginning of each recording and side B using the end of each. Side A plays outside-in, side B plays inside-out. The outer and inner sleeves show slightly enlarged facsimiles of four ash-painted postcards.
Thomas Müller (born 1970 in Munich, lives and works in Berlin) is a video artist, experimental musician, painter, and photographer.