Bernhard Schreiner

* 1971 in Mödling, GER
lives in Frankfurt

Bernhard Schreiner’s artistic practice focuses on working with sound and experimenting with the possibilities of generating resonance in interaction with sound sources and their surroundings.

For the exhibition Bernhard Schreiner is collaborating with Fluxus artist Benjamin Patterson, whose permanent installation Ben’s Bar is located at the NKV, complete with piano. Under the title Reciprocal Exchange (2014), an acoustic and spatial dialog arises. Whereas Schreiner makes use of a version of John Cage’s “Suite for Toy Piano” (1948), Patterson will play and record on site the piece “∞ for Henry Flynt” (1960) by avant-garde composer, La Monte Young. Both recordings will then be played back on speakers via the respective other piano and the instruments themselves will be placed in separate spatial contexts, with the toy piano taking the original place of the real piano and vice versa.

Schreiner’s approach is based on his earlier piece “two resonant environments”
(2008). Although he returns to the aspect of resonance between two different spaces here, the collaboration with Patterson spawns a new work. With this piece, whose concept is additionally inspired by the experimental work “chambers” (1968) by American sound artist Alvin Lucier, Schreiner positions himself in the context of experimental sound art. He consciously includes historical sources of inspiration and in so doing creates an artistic dynamic between acknowledgement and reinterpretation of his central reference points.

Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

Toy Piano (Reciprocal Exchange), 2014
Poster, 42 x 59 cm
Courtesy Kai Middendorf Galerie
Recording of ‚552 (to Henry Flynt (1960)' by La Monte Young Dec 15, 2014“