Bernhard Gál
Bernhard Gál Wien/Berlin essay
Die Grüne Hölle (Green Hell) 2006 Exhibition Galerie der Österreichischen Botschaft
intermedia installation Technical components: coloured glases, artificial green, sensors, lights, TV-monitors, video projector, headphones, CD-player, loudspeaker, audio systeme. In cooperation with Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin.
Die Grüne Hölle 2006, © Bernhard Gál

In his installation developed specifically for the gallery of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin, Bernhard Gál relates to a current topic in Germany – the 2006 football World Cup. »The yelling, whistling, singing and clapping of tens of thousands of fans offers a truly symphonic sound experience, whose dynamics and sonic intensity are a dream to the ears of a sound artist.« »The Gleichschaltung of the masses, the channelling of emotions and aggressions and the concomitant ostracism of 'the others', is surely counterproductive, especially today, even in such a seemingly harmless and purely sporting context.»Die Grüne Hölle unifies visual and acoustic elements from the world of football in a large-scale installation. The soundscape of football is in focus, as is Gál's personal artistic statement about the »staged media spectacle of the football World Cup«.
Robert E.M. Achleitner, born in Vienna in 1971, the composer and artist Bernhard Gál creates electro-acoustic music as well as compositions for acoustic instruments. In intermedia art projects and sound installations, he combines sound, light, objects, video projections, and spatial concepts. Concerts, exhibitions, lectures and invitations to festivals regularly lead him through Europe and to Asia and the Americas. He runs the record label Gromoga Records and is director of the Austrian art organization »sp ce«. Gal lives and works in Vienna and Berlin where he currently teaches sound art at the University of Arts. For his music and art projects Gal has received a.o. the Karl Hofer Prize Berlin 2001, a fellowship from the DAAD Artists in Berlin Programme 2003, and the Austrian State Scholarship for Composition 2004. In 2005, the German publishing house Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg published the comprehensive catalogue book »Installations«, documenting Gál’s intermedia installations since 1999.
Adel Abdessemed/Silvia Ocougne
Dave Allen
Alfred Behrens
Maria Blondeel
Reinhard Blum/Uwe Bressnik
Jens Brand
Candice Breitz
Building Transmissions & Douglas Park
Janet Cardiff/George Bures Miller
Nicolas Collins
Alvin Curran
Joanna Dudley
Ulrich Eller
David First
Nina Fischer/Maroan el Sani & Robert Lippok
Terry Fox
Bernhard Gál
Seppo Gründler
Gut & Rist aka Gutarist
Carl Michael von Hauswolff & freq_out orchestra
Susan Hiller
Robert Jacobsen
Rolf Julius
Georg Klein/Steffi Weismann
Katjia Kölle
Christina Kubisch
Hans Peter Kuhn
Tilman Küntzel
Kalle Laar
Donatella Landi
Bernhard Leitner
Aernout Mik
Robin Minard
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
Helen Mirra
Michael Muschner
Carsten Nicolai
Andreas Oldörp
Finnbogi Pétursson
Werner Reiterer
Robin Rimbaud aka scanner
Julian Rosefeldt
Klara Schilliger/Valerian Maly
society of algorithm [Guy van Belle/Akihiro Kubota]
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
tamtam [Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl]
Ana Torfs
Edwin van der Heide
Maurice van Tellingen
Stephen Vitiello
Kris Vleeschouwer
Heinz Weber
Achim Wollscheid
Miki Yui
Artur Zmijewski

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