Cory Arcangel: AUDMCRS

performed by Lena Willikens (Salon des Amateurs, Germany)
hosted by Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

The AUDMCRS Underground Dance Music Collection of Recorded Sound (2011–2012) is a collection of mid 90's to early 2000's vinyl originally purchased from retired trance and underground dance music disk jockey Joshua Ryan and cataloged over 2011 and 2012 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn by the studio of post-conceptual multimedia artist Cory Arcangel.

For this event, Arcangel invites Lena Willikens (Salon des Amateurs, Germany) to curate and perform a forty-five minute selection drawn from the collection of records using two turntables from Technics’ iconic SL-1200 series, following principles of the historically informed performance movement. Transposing these records from their original context and presenting them at silent green’s Kuppelhalle in a traditional seated concert format, this event explores shifts in perception depending on the nuanced interplay between music, environment and setting.

The entire AUDMCRS Underground Dance Music Collection of Recorded Sound is currently on view here online as well as in physical form at the Michel Majerus Estate as part of the exhibition Let's Play Majerus G3 🖼, where visitors are given the chance to listen to all 839 collected records. The exhibition itself takes as point of departure the laptop that the artist Michel Majerus used in his late career and features works by both Arcangel and Majerus.

Cory Arcangel
Cory Arcangel is an artist and composer living and working in Stavanger, Norway. Arcangel explores the potential and failures of old and new digital technologies, highlighting their obsolescence, humor, aesthetic attributes and, at times, eerie influence in contemporary life. Treating them as subject matter and medium, his practice interrogates, encodes and hacks the structural language of video games, software, social media and advertisement. With a background in classical guitar from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Arcangel's practice often incorporates a score-based approach and a keen interest in the history and cultural significance of electronic and pop music. His work has been exhibited widely and was subject of solo exhibitions at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg (2022); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2012); The Barbican, London (2011); Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2015); Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2010) and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2005).

Lena Willikens
Lena Willikens is an acclaimed DJ, producer, and artist known for her experimental sets and distinctive productions that defy classification. Nimbly navigating the depths of electronic music, Willikens blends together different temperatures and moods, making each set a captivating journey. Born and raised in Germany, Willikens first honed her unique approach during a long residency at Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs. Now based in Berlin, her transportative impulses have been plugged into a variety of outlets with a global reach. She pilots the bi-monthly Homunkuli program on NTS, curated the fifth installment of Dekmantel’s acclaimed Selectors compilation series, and has remixed the likes of Lena Platonos, S U R V I V E, rRoxymore, Simian Mobile Disco and Ana Helder, amongst others. Since 2015 she is collaborating with artist Sarah Szczesny on Phantom Kino Ballett, a genre-defying immersive audio-visual artwork, ever-evolving and exhibited widely, including at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, and K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf.


Thursday, September 12
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 8 pm