ANNO STAMM // TRANSFORMA

Anno Stamm // Transforma

Anno Stamm // Transforma

ANNO STAMM is the preferred moniker for the funkiest and wonkiest exploits of Anstam’s Lars Stoewe. For Krake he has developed a special performance with artist group Transforma, which will be performed for the first time exclusively at Krake 2016. Transforma have prepared a new live visual instrument for this special occasion which will accompany Anno Stamm’s live set. The artist group TRANSFORMA was founded in 2001 by Luke Bennett, Baris Hasselbach and Simon Krahl. They met while studying experimental film and media at the Berlin University of the Arts and soon moved from making videos, sound works and images to installations, live cinema and performance. Their declared goal is to put experimental film live on stage. And to use everything at hand—space, lighting, music, bodies, a plot, objects and cameras—to transform the stage into a cinematic instrument that enables sounds and images to acquire new resonance, and every performance to unfold as a unique and fleeting phenomenon. Terms such as ‘hapticism’ or manual animation perhaps best put the finger on their tactic: for it implies a hands-on approach to real objects, and processes that can be defined, controlled and calibrated manually. Manipulation in its most literal sense sums up Transforma’s aesthetic intervention in cinematic or staged events. As such intervention relies inevitably also on digital technology—from the camera to editing to presentation—it falls under the heading ‘postdigitalism’ these days. Which is to say, digital technology may be deployed, but only to underpin an interest in both the real and its discernibly manual signature treatment. This postdigital approach now so commonplace in art and design could be noted already back then, in the work of Transforma; and their work may arguably, even have launched it. Transforma has also produced work in collaboration with musicians such as Apparat, Dieter Meier, Alex Banks, Chloé as well as the theatre director Sebastian Hartmann, choreographer Sônia Mota and the artist Yro.

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