radia #308: Starlings from Hjertøya sing Kurt Schwitters
Radio Corax in Halle presents Wolfgang Müllers Housemusic - Starlings from Hjertøya sing Kurt Schwitters
In summer 1997 Wolfgang Müller discovered the House on the small Island Hjertøya opposite the Western Norwegian city Molde, in which Kurt Schwitters stood during summertime from 1932 on. It is full of destroyed collages, writings and over and over painted plaster columns. Until a few years before this discovery the door stood open and everybody could join in.
In front of the house, laying in the grass, Wolfgang Müller listened once to a Starling producing strange noises. He noticed, that in a way he already knew these sounds from somewhere else. And he recognised passages of the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters.
Starlings are masters of copyart. A former grandfather or grandmother of this starling must have heard Kurt Schwitters singing passages of the Ursonate in 1932 on the Island. Wolfgang Müller recorded the voice of the copyartist-starling singing Kurt Schwitters.
Wolfgang Müller is born on 24 October, 1957, in the Lower Saxony town of Wolfsburg. Today he spends most of his time in Berlin and Reykjavík.
During his high school days, he puts together a collection of his classmates’ cribs.
He studies at the Faculty of Graphic Design/Visual Communications at Berlin University of the Arts between 1980 and 1985. His degree show, in 1986, is presented in the Faculty of Film Design under Professor Wolfgang Ramsbott: a performance by his group Die Tödliche Doris, founded in 1980.
In 1982, he publishes his book Geniale Dilletanten. A typing error becomes a theme for a collection of writings.
With Ueli Etter in 1986, he embarks on the Galerie Eisenbahnstrasse project, designed to last for one year, in the basement of a house on Manteuffelstrasse, Berlin.
In 1987, Wolfgang Müller dissolves Die Tödliche Doris into an Italian white wine. At the exhibition, vino tavola bianco, at Galerie Swinger in Berlin, vino da tavola bianco is both the exhibit on show and the drink served at the opening. Seven years later, Die Tödliche Doris is poured out at Galerie von Witzleben in Karlsruhe, this time in the form of a white Burgundy from Schweigen. A book documenting the dissolution process is published by Martin Schmitz Verlag.