Andreas Kühne (1988, the Netherlands) is an improviser, sound artist, and drummer whose artistic practice involves creating audiovisual works and producing field improvisations by means of audiolising space and using extended techniques in order to reveal musical qualities of on-site inert objects. His sound designs consist of live electronics setups for real-time generation and manipulation of analog audio signal, re-attributing the method of free improvisation to digital culture.
He is a Master of Music graduate from the ArtEZ University of Arts, and the founder and curator of the interdisciplinary concert series RAMSES/ MPRO in Amsterdam. Recent and upcoming performances include A4 cultural space, Bratislava; Lofoten International Art Festival, Solvaer; Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam; Inversia Festival, Murmansk; Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Overkill Festival, Enschede; State of Fashion Exhibition, Arnhem; Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam. Kühne is artist-in-residence at Splendor and at Ramses Shaffy Huis, and teaches drums at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The Informals / Неформалы (A/V)
in collaboration with Polina Medvedeva
The Informals / Неформалы is partly an autobiographical work, partly a universal statement on the notions of decentralisation, collectivism, and non-conformist ways of living in the digital age. Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne research improvisational techniques in the medium of documentary. Their methodology resembles the patterns of the ‘digital natives’ of Murmansk. In order to escape the norms and social constructs of the North of Russia, young people in Murmansk gravitate to deserted spaces in their area, where they collectively improvise with space, adding a new layer to its genealogy. Medvedeva and Kühne traveled back to the former military zone where Medvedeva was born and through documentation and field improvisation – much like the youths of the Murmansk region – temporarily transferred it into the present. The data they have collected is divided into elements and prepared for live triggering and processing. It resembles an audiovisual instrument which, when played by the artist duo, produces new unscripted versions with each live performance.
The piece has been commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inversia Festival, Murmansk as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
404: An Error Occured (A/V)
in collaboration with Benedikt Wöppel
In these audio-visual improvisations designer, moving image maker Benedikt Wöppel and composer, artist Andreas Kühne intend to challenge the unconscious. At “404” the unconsciousness is represented by an archive of images, symbols and audio-samples, that refer to today’s digital media. By means of musical and virtual audio-visual instruments we select, manipulate and project the material of the archive in order to generate spontaneous and unpredictable scenarios. Visual world and soundscape emerges intuitively and manifest to ephemeral utopias and dystopias. The collaboration '404 - An error occurred', referring to the notification's appearance as a portal to the vaporous interconnectedness of internet, is an instant science fiction machine, which suggests possible realities from the unknown, immortal part of the world, from which everything mortal arises, before it collapses and returns to subconsciousness.
RAMSES /MPRO (series)
by Andreas Kühne
RAMSES /MPRO is a non-disciplinary series reflecting on free improvisation: exploration of X << party of no one in particular >> spawn of the now.
Lisa's Lense (band)
in collaboration with Luke Deane, Uldis Vitols
Experimental interdisciplinary electro pop.
Andreas Kühne has played with Achim Kaufmann, Michael Moore, Raphael Vanoli, Anne la Berge, Oene van Geel, Wilbert de Joode, Jasper Stadhouders, Bram Stadhouders, Ab Baars, Guus Janssen, Michiel Braam, Mola Sylla, Ceumar Coelho, Ellen ten Damme, Ekaterina Levental, Marieke Jager and others.