werner jakits / manfred hofer
new work / new sound
introducing helina höhndorf
Preview:24.1.2018 18:00 - 20:00
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
werner jakits / manfred hofer
My Live in the Bush of Ghosts, based on a song title by Brian Eno, the two artists roam literary, graphic and musical depths of political, socio-critical issues and reflect and draw connections between the times, lines, notes and strokes.
They cite Angela Davis, the 1944 born in Birmingham philosopher and civil rights activist, who heard Herbert Marcuse at Brandeis University and followed him to San Diego and graduated at the East Berlin Humboldt University. Davis joined the traditional civil rights movement with Afro American concerns and taught African American Studies at Claremont College and San Francisco University. In the fall of 2011, they support the occupy movement. Davis has always stood between the fronts, accused of supporting terrorists in her native United States after George Jackson's support and subsequent shootings in the courtroom. She made it to the list of the 10 most wanted criminals in the USA. On the other side Alexander Solzhenitsyn accused her of too much sympathy for the Soviet Union and of blindness to torture and deportation of political prisoners in the Eastern Bloc.
Or Russell Means, Oyate Wacinyapin, spokesman for the American Indian Movement, actor and voice actor, fought to the end of his life against the suppression of the First Nation People in the United States. He was involved in the cast of Wounded Knee and achieved international attention with this action. In 2007, he proclaimed independence from Lakota County with other activists and invalidated treaties with the US.
The affinity to America grew with Werner Jakits since his youth, which he often spent with relatives in the USA. This time shaped him, fed him with subversive information and a certain breadth of thinking. Self-taught, he developed a wide range of media and approaches, his works always have depth, but can also be hung pretty over the sofa. On closer inspection, the stories come out of the pictures and cast a spell over the viewer. Who starts then to research, comes to the most interesting authors and important texts.
Bassist Manfred Hofer is one of the most versatile musicians in the country. Whether solo ("Nuors"), as a composer ("Schönberg - Elution") in projects with Wolfgang Schlögl and Patrick Pulsinger, with his rock band The Ghosts & The Band or projects between soundart and fine arts with Werner Jakits: Hofer has between abstract music and pop very precise ideas of what he does why.
The two go in their passions for film, politics, literature and music and create together the craziest shows. Hofer melts with his bass while sampled texts between the staves embedded describe the essential, warn and call. In 2018, Jakits and Hofer, together with Christine Jagershofer, prepared an evening to commemorate the first anniversary of Bernhard's Heldenplatz and performed it in the Galerie Georg Kargl Permanent and in the Schleifmühlgasse 12-14.