Henrik Andersson & Henrik Rylander – explorations of the autonomy and authenticism in music.

19 January 2002 10 February 2002

Project rooms and main hall

Artists: Henrik Andersson & Henrik Rylander

Curator CM von Hausswolff

Färgfabriken has the great pleasure to present three installations in the project rooms by young Swedish artists Henrik Andersson and Henrik Rylander. One piece is a collaborative work.

The works presented are sound oriented and the collaborative piece, Kluster, is a piece 8 identical CD-players playing 8 identical CD records. Each CD consists of 7 three seconds tracks with three tones C, D, E, F, G, A and H (untempered sinus waves). These records are played using “random function” and develops, by chance, organ like chords. The artists write on the work:

“When we learn how to play an instrument we use an almost mechanical method for practice. The actual playing of music is not looked upon as real without the human essence. If we teach a machine to, in the same way that we learn how to play music, play a combination of tones that by us is considered to be music, isn’t the human being then just a machine?”

The relation between sound/art and the surrounding world is also problematised. The piece’s ability to associate to organ music, i.e. a certain kind of religious spirituality in music, makes the viewer to dwell by the question: what came first – the egg or the hen – religion or music? This exhibitions curator would clearly state that the piece is a clear evidence that the arts, with its omnipotent force, are fully used, not only by commercialism and stereotyped behavior but also, since a long time, by various religions churches and mosques.

In association with Firework Editions, Färgfabriken releases a catalogue in the form of a 10” vinyl record with a version of Kluster. On the record there are also one piece by Rylander called “Information II” and a piece by Andersson called “Gym Form Plus”.

About the artists

Henrik Andersson is educated at the College for Film and Photography in Gothenburg, Sweden and at Konstfack, Sweden. He has earlier shown work Artnode, the Modern Museum and Konstfack. He’s also participating in the Konstfack Curator course.

Henrik Rylander is educated at the College for Film and Photography in Gothenburg. He has earlier shown work at Galleri 54, Konstakuten and Hasselblad Center. Rylander also has a past as a drummer with the infamous rock band Union carbide Productions.

Curator: Carl Michael von Hausswolff