Hommage an Schwitters

Annebarbe Kau &

A contemporary rendition of what Kurt Schwitters had attempted in his onomatopoetic poems and, above all, in the Ur-Sonate (1925): Annebarbe Kau succeeds in not only inserting the sound quality of letters onomatopoetically, but brings it graphically and compositionally into the image. Together they produce a full score of letters, letter groups, colors and human voices. The three-voiced rendered 'mmm' of the last frame concludes a 'dramatic crescendo': a small 'Gesamtkunstwerk' in which Schwitters would have had pure joy.

About the video

Title Hommage an Schwitters
Year 1993
Videonale VIDEONALE.6
Length 00:02:00
Format 4:3
Country Germany,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Annebarbe Kau
  • 1958 in Ratingen, GER.
    Studied at the F+F Schule für experimentelle Gestaltung, Zürich, SUI, at the California Art Institute, Los Angeles, USA, at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, USA, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, GER

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