Terre Thaemlitz: Less Talk, More Music
27 October 2005
KBB brings to Barcelona a legendary figure of the experimental electronic scene to present a lecture/concert with his works.
A multimedia producer, writer, public speaker, audio re-mixer, DJ and owner of the Comatonse Recordings label, the work of artist Terre Thaemlitz critically combines issues of identity politics – including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race – with a continuing critique of the socioeconomics of commercial media production. His productions cover a wide range of styles, including computerized electronic music, deep house clubing, digital jazz, ambient, and neo-expressionist piano solos composed with computers. Graphic design, photography, illustration, text and video are also part of Thaemlitz’s projects.
The common thread of all Thaemlitz’s artistic production has to do with “trangenderism” understanding that word in its broadest sense: crossing and contamination between genres, to highlight their nature as adulterated cultural works.
Gender is always a label that confers stable identity, giving the possibility of individualizing clear boundaries, both reassuring and dangerous, as well as continuous confirmation for the dominant stereotypes. Thaemlitz constructs all this, both in the sexual field and in the musical one.