center for contemporary non-objective art


Jens Brand 2003

*1968 (Germany)
Lives & works in Cologne (Germany)

Brand studied visual arts in Münster, Germany. He lives and works as a composer, musician, visual & audiovisual artist and organizer in Dortmund, Germany. He has presented, performed, and exhibited in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, and Finland the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Cuba, Japan, and the U.S.A. Most of the works are developed for the location in which they are presented. A tendency in his work is for any given piece to be both very simple and meaningless or else a very complicated mess that involves everything and everyone. His pieces can appear as concerts, performances, or installations. Recent works have ended up being mixtures of these genres, developed as logical and absurd games between the audience and the artist. His experiments with everything that can be considered art are not supposed to establish a belief or truth, but try to offer a fruitful soil for research, communication, and progressive failure. Pieces used in the collaboration with Sam Ashley, such as ’Motors and Styrofoam’, ’Mini Fan Music’, ’New Methods for Circular Breathing: #1’, ’Piano’ or ’Ratchets’ appear as short duration installations that evoke something Jens considers to be "electronic music without speakers".

His audio work ‘Respirator Tracts’ was part of the CCNOA experimental audio program ‘Earrwitness’ 2003.

‘Respirator Tracts’ is based on an observation of recent pop-music. Since some years, the singers produce intense inhalation- sounds, before they start to sing the next phrase. In some songs, the breathing is so intense that, if one would try breath along you will start to hyperventilate. This "breathing" is supposed to express intensity, but also creates the "concept" of reality and physical closeness in the time of more distance creating digital and sampling based productions. In this sense, it’s like the "dust" filter of PhotoShop. ‘Respirator Tracts’ will be based on 8-16 tracks and 256 breathing circles edited from different songs and stiles. Every sound will be a sample from existing songs. Although the short excerpt will not allow recognizing the source, it will allow recognizing the style of recording of the specific age. The sample library will contain breathings from Enrico Caruso, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Lee Hazlewood, and Sonnyboy Williamson up to Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Steffani, Celine Dion, Britney Spears and others.

Respirator Tracts
(photo GDB)