Wednesday 08.06.2022 19:30 — 21:00
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

The Minimoog Project: Aesthetics and Technology

Sebastian Berweck, Photo: Anika Neese

Sebastian Berweck, Photo: Anika Neese

Artistic work involves a multitude of decisions of a conscious and unconscious nature, judgments about success and failure, reflection on one's own actions. The series "How Did You Do That? Lecture Recitals on Contemporary Artistic Processes, Decisions, and Judgements" invites well-known artists from various disciplines to reflect on these processes: What criteria play a role? On what background are aesthetic decisions made? What kind of references are involved? When is a work/performance successful?

The evening events of the series each consist of a performance (concert, reading, performance) and an accompanying discussion with audience participation. The series is curated by Christian Grüny and Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann.

Lecture Recital 01:

The Minimoog Project: Aesthetics and Technology

The first lecture-recital will be performed by Sebastian Berweck, who will play four pieces for Minimoog, the most important early portable synthesizer. Berweck's artistic and scholarly practice has often involved older, obsolete technology that can only be reconstructed. His recital will focus on how technological, compositional, and interpretive issues are intertwined in performance, or even: on the material conditions of aesthetic choices.

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About the lecture recitals

In the empirical study of aesthetic phenomena, the question of the process of the creation of artistic works often receives less attention. The series aims to systematically investigate these processes by combining a presentation of artistic works with a discursive reflection on their process of creation and the decisions and judgments associated with it. The series is aimed both at the interested public, to whom an important part of the Institute's work can thus be brought closer, and at a specialist audience, where it can stimulate further research.

About the artist

With over 250 world premieres to his name, Sebastian Berweck is one of the most sought-after interpreters of experimental contemporary music. He is known for his energetic interpretations of unusual repertoire in- and outside the piano as well as working with electronics. Sebastian Berweck holds a PhD from the University of Huddersfield, is a member of stock11 and Lange//Berweck//Lorenz, and lives in Berlin.


Sarah Nemtsov: Seven Thoughts - her kind (2018)
für Sample Keyboard und Stimme
Misha Cvijovic: Iktuarspok (2020)
für Minimoog Solo und Tape
Juan David Perez: Abstraco Model - Ducil Artefacto (2020)
für Behringer Model D und Pure Data
Laurie Spiegel: The Unquestioned Answer (1974)
Version für Minimoog von Sebastian Berweck