Alex Franz Zehetbauer with Christian Schröder – AyH (stage version)
"AyH" is a sonic choreography inspired by the working methods of the painter and mystic Hilma af Klint. Specifically, her interest in the séance and the archetype of the medium. The audience is invited to an embodied concert, which is composed live by Alex Franz Zehetbauer and Christian Schröder. Together they interact with a cast of experimental musical instruments: a hydrophone in the mouth, buckets filled with water and vibrating cock-rings that hang from fishing lines stretched between the walls and the performer’s teeth. Between seemingly disparate elements, a language is forming, both clear and indecipherable, like something you already know—or something ancient.
Hilma af Klint was a member of “The Five“, a group of women who met regularly to hold seances to communicate with divine entities. They documented their encounters with the divine through automatic drawings and a detailed cataloging of the information they received. This resulted in a growing language” of symbols, figures, shapes, and code-like letter groupings. Many of which can be found as central elements in Hilma’s paintings. The title of this concert performance comes from this language: “AyH”, which means “to find”. After the online premiere of "AyH" in January 2021, the stage version of the concert performance will now be presented at studio brut.