No Ideas But in Things
The Composer Alvin Lucier
A film by Viola Rusche and Hauke Harder

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 8pm

2012, 97 min, HD, English

About the event

“Don’t ask me what I mean, ask me what I made.” Inspired by this motto, the documentary accompanies the American composer Alvin Lucier (b.1931) on recent concert travels to The Hague, Netherlands, and Zug, Switzerland. The authors invite Lucier to explain and comment on his oeuvre – from his early live electronics performances of the 1960s and 70s (Music for solo performer, 1965 and Bird and Person Dyning, 1976) up until the premiere of his ensemble piece, Panorama 2, in 2011. Visited in his hometown Middletown, Connecticut, Lucier offers rare insights into the beginnings of his pioneering works, his time as a member of the Sonic Arts Union, his relations with John Cage and David Tudor, as well as into his work as a teacher at Wesleyan University. One of Lucier’s key works, I Am Sitting In A Room (1970), is introduced as a central structuring device into the film.

Directors: Viola Rusche and Hauke Harder
Camera: Martin Zawadski
Editing: Viola Rusche
Sound: Hauke Harder