Áine O’Dwyer/Anna Wagner
(London/Frankfurt a. Main)
30 Minutes with Áine O’Dwyer
- 13.06.2021, 11 a.m.
The Irish artist Áine O’Dwyer combines music and performance. For Tonfunktion, she develops a work that responds to the sound of the main and the port of Offenbach and uses it as a performative interaction partner. How do acoustic and performative practice interweave in O’Dwyer’s works? These and other questions about the relationship between sound and performance will be the starting point for the conversation between the artist and the co-initiator of Tonfunktion Anna Wagner.
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Duration: 30 min
Cast & Credits
“Tonfunktion – Festival für Gebrauchsmusik” is a project by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Supported by Musikfonds e. V. with project funds from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain. In cooperation with MMODEMM, EOS Radio, the Office for Culture and Sports Management of the City of Offenbach am Main and OPG Offenbacher Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.
Áine O’Dwyer is an artist whose work is informed by both the conceptual concerns of sound-art and traditional compositional techniques, embracing the broader aesthetics of sound and its relationship to environment, time, audience and structure. O’Dwyer’s work has been informed by her study of the individual idiosycracies found in each pipe organ and notably the realisation that each individual organ is meticulously tuned to the measurements of the building in which it is housed, allowing it to connect intimately with its surrounding architecture.
Poems for Daedalus (2018), was a series of site-specific performances that O’Dwyer developed in Athens, based on the exploration of a building, its intimacies and the surrounding neighbourhood. Her book Poems for play pays homage to the specificity of time and place, with a titular nod to the duality of meaning: ‘to enjoy oneself by interacting with one’s surroundings’, vs ‘the realisation of creative form through the choreography of social poetics, and the mechanics of body/building as instrument.” Similarly, the notion of the “holding space as extension-of-instrument” can be seen in her work such as Accompaniment for Captives (Open Ear Festival, 2019). This piece was written for Horseshoe bay, Sherkin Island, Ireland. It centred around two local fishing boats, creating an “environmental tapestry where land, sea, man and animal were woven into one symphonic whole.”
Anna Wagner is dramaturg and artistic co-director at the theatre Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main. After studying theater studies Anna worked as assistant curator for dance at the theater Hebbel am Ufer/HAU in Berlin and was head of the dance department at Theater Freiburg. At Künstlerhaus Mousonturm she works regularly as production dramaturge with artists such as Eisa Jocson, Paula Rosolen and Jetse Batelaan. she is also co-founder of “Tanzfestival Rhein-Main” and has curated or co-curated various international programs like “Indonesia LAB” (2015) and “This Is Not Lebanon” (2021). Interested to expand the notion of performing arts, she has initiated various special projects like Oper Offenbach (2018) and The Greatest Show on Earth – A Performance-Circus for the 21st Century (2016).