On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of Cirkulacija 2 and the fifth appearance of Mike Hentz in the constellation of Cirkulacija 2, we declare:
Mike Hentz – KROG | CIRCLE => festival!
As a formal basis for the CIRCLE festival Mike Hentz uses his conceptual idea from decades ago -> tableau-vivant (-> a living image) – a dynamic group choreography of diverse circularities. A living image is not a predefined set of components, rather the participants and their combinations and recombinations (-> communications) are compositional elements that create a dynamic living picture. In the whole spectrum of their individualities. Interdisciplinarity of their specialties is put together into the intermedia fireworks of the celebration of the high anniversaries! A festival?
Communication will not be limited only to Cirkulacija 2, but will also enter the streets of Ljubljana in the form of “old” media: flags waiving, bells tolling, lights blinking, sirens screaming, rattles rung, etc.
Friday, June 11, 2021 – a crossmedia collaborative art event CIRCLE at Cirkulacija 2, Podhod Ajdovščina Ljubljana.
Participants: Eva Zibler, Iva Tratnik, Majda Gregorič, Tatiana Kocmur, Liza Šimenc, Mojca Sovdat, Sanja Simić, Oton Korošec, Andrej Fon, Mike Hentz, Tjaž Juvan, Simon Macuh, Borut Savski, Boštjan Leskovšek, Stefan Doepner, Andreas Leo Findeisen, Dominik Mahnič and NAME. Plus selected free-willing visitors.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8 pm: GOMI -> multinstrumentalist Ronald Gonko and percussionist Ansgar Wilkens in gallery_club Peppi Guggenheim / Berlin plus polyinstrumentalist Mike Hentz at C2 in Ljubljana. A cross-connected concert between Berlin and Ljubljana. Live on web
Low-latency streaming support: Jurij Podgoršek Gizmo -> Kompot and Radio Študent server!
Nowadays “almost-primitive” systems of communiocation that have gone to oblivion: flag alphabet = international flag semaphore system, Morse alphabet (telegraph + LW-MW-SW radio), …
mocking / forgiving / contemptuous / overwhelmed looks are undoubtedly primitive methods of communication – very much in use!
Monday, June 14, 2021 – at 8 pm: GOMI (Ronald Gonko and Mike Hentz) livein Cirkulacija 2, Podhod Ajdovščina in Ljubljana. Geburtstagsgipfel!
Expect an extreme crossover pop-core eclectic shit from both multi+poli-instrumentalists – mixed with poetry, loud talk and dance music plus stomping rhythms! Aus Berlin musique vivant!!
Recent reference -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzUE4ge_tE
CIRCLE contains all the principles / methods developed by Mike Hentz over time – in a wide range of collaborative / communication projects. Among these is KLIMA as a group microclimate situation of willing participants – within which a balance of individualities and common dramaturgy (as temporary_contemporary community) – a collective creative moment.
Elements of CIRCLE are a wild variety – the list remains open: pendulum, oscillation, swinging, sound, rhythm, time, light, rotation, wheel, bicycle, skateboard, motors, fans, balls, bouncing, ping-pong, turning, pirouette, dancing, belly dancing, rings, hulahops, circle drawing, rotating the view (camera, visitor, performer), video loop, sound loop, obscuring or intersecting the view or sound = CIRCLE of the second order (interpretation of the interpretation …).
Mike Hentz (b. 1954), Swiss / American, living in Berlin. Hentz is a visual and poly-media artist, performer, musician, and co-author of several pioneering projects in media art in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a professor at the art academies in Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg, 1989–1997) and in Stuttgart (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2003–2007) and since 2009 he has been teaching at film and media department at the RISEBA Riga. He is a co-founder of several cutting-edge artistic projects/platforms/groups as: Minus Delta T (documenta, Kassel, 1987), Hotel Pompino/Van Gogh TV (Ars Electronica, Linz, 1990), Van Gogh TV/Piazza Virtuale (documenta, Kassel, 1992) and Ponton Media Art Lab.
From his rich artistic biography the Minus Delta T project is extreme: the project took many years to perform – from 1980 to 1985. Transporting a large stone (five and half ton) across Europe to Asia. In Rome pope consecrated the stone, in Austria it was met by kanzler Bruno Kreisky, in Iran they tried to reach Homeini…, in-between…
Interview with Mike Hentz by Eda Čufer – World of Art
TABLEAU VIVANT by MIKE HENTZ , rehearsals 2018 , Rzeszów / Poljska
Stefan Doepner remembers working with Mike Hentz in 1995 in Hamburg – in the project of “Treujanische Schiff” (derivation of the ships original name: Treu). The ship was tugged in Hamburg harbour near to the fish market and became a platfrom for the local artistiv and culture scene for half the year. It reactivated and dynamized the local scene which was already falling apart to individual artists.
During that time at Hochschule für bildende Künste / Hamburg Mike Hentz with some students launched Die Garage – a room for internet, digital and interactive media. Borut Savski adds information that Marko Košnik was partipating with the people from this Garage (Ulf Freyhoff in Monika Glahn) when in 1997 at Radio Student Ljubljana they initiated the Xtended Live Radio platform – at that time one of the first projects of meaningful use of “real-time” streaming media.