Marius D. Kettler (b.1961) is a sound and video artist, painter and composer, who lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Kettler works thematically with sound, where he experiments with spatial environments, artificial or natural. Here he investigates the physical aspect of sound, acoustic transparency and site specific, interactive sound transmission. For the sound installations and video work he utilizes electro acoustic audio material, processed digital media and field recordings. His installations vary from electromagnetic, interactive, mechanical hybrid installations to multi channel sound compositions. Visual and acoustic space is configured with maximal simplicity. The compositions are recorded with instruments, mechanical sounds and electro noise, the digitally processed material is then transformed into multi channel or mono sound installations. Field recordings include : natural sounds, industrial cites, sounds from rural and urban areas. He investigates the origin and boundaries of sound, where the sensory characteristics of memory and association influence the perceptive moment.
Sound / Painting Installations “Color and Timbre”
These are works that combine sound and painting, they are the hybrid active interactive installations. Paintings that resemble a minimalistic sound score. Through interaction and movement, improvised sounds are additionally created. Clear defined sounds are the central point, where tones when combined with electro noise develop into new coincidental, solo like sound constellations. Self developed electronic modules are united with consumer technology leading to a third version of sound. Focusing on the dynamic, course and development of the acoustic sound, where the controlling elements proceed into sound installations.
Paintings / Drawings
The series of abstract paintings that accrue from surfaces of spacial areas of color and the drawing itself. Are works with surfaces that resemble a key note where noise is the theme. The drawing is like a a clear and defined single note, arching progression leading into another dimension. The connection of the pencil lines on the diverse surfaces of color are the corner points that show the direction and development of the composition. Layered surfaces of color and the fine lines make new forms visible or invisible. The paintings where “color spaces” are created with day glow fluorescent colors, examining the contrasts and similarities of color that correlate and lead to color congruity. The exploration of color and the creation of surfaces with a glowing impact with endless depth, resulting in intense three dimensional effect. Experimenting with the interaction of traditional paint pigments on plane surfaces with pigments of day glow color,where the contrasts and non contrasts interact with each other and develop new color sensations.
Selected past exhibitions and projects:
Works to the theme of paper, drawings sound installation
a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
“Eklektizismus und Weltraumsprünge” Works on paper Walden Kunstausstellungen, Berlin
“Kotka International Video and Electronic Arts Festival”
Interactive Sound / Painting Installation “ actus torus and interactive video Kotka Photographic Center, Finland
Interactive hybrid sound painting Walden Kunstausstellungen, Berlin
“Ping 12 Documentation” Interactive 36,5 meter hybrid sound installation, works on canvas
Collaborative exhibition with D. Flores Parallel to documenta 13 Kassel
“im:rot: Solo exhibition, interactive room sound installation and paintings Walden Kunstausstelungen, Berlin
würde geklungen haben” Solo exhibition, interactive sound installations
Kultur Boden, Scharnebeck
“Klar II” Paintings Schiller Pallas, Berlin
“Warten auf rot” Solo exhibition, paintings and interactive sound installationen Walden Kunstausstellung, Berlin
“International Audio Art Music Festival Sound installation “ Expectation and acceptance”
with performance D. Flores vocal / guitar intervention Gallery Soumesta, Berlin
“Unbegrenzt Ungegenständlich” Collaborative exhibition with O. Völker works on canvas a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
“Berlin Choreografie einer Stadt” Sound and video installations Forum Factory, Berlin
“Out of structure” Paintings Walden Kunstausstellungen, Berlin
“Rraumschh” Solo exhibition, sound installations a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
“The past and the present” Collaborative exhibition with D. Flores a.i.p. galerie, Berlin
“Schön rot “ Solo exhibition, paintings a.i.p.galerie, Berlin
„Vorsatz und Verhüllung“ Solo exhibition, Actuistic structural paintings and sound objects a.i.p galerie, Berlin
Berliner Kunst Salon Nr.6, “CMYK” sound installation and paintings Umspannwerk, Berlin
“Drei Farben” Paintings a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
Zeichner” Drawings Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
„219168 Hours“ Project show Kettler / Flores collaborative works from
1986 – 2008. Installation, video, music. ARTkustik performance a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
Berliner Liste art fair Sound installations and Actuistic paintings Performance „Zeit“, Kettler / Flores.
„Klunst“, Klang – Kunst – Konserve. Solo exhibition, interactive sound installations a.i.p galerie, Berlin
UND# 3, Karlsruhe Sound installations and Actuistic paintings Independent platform for contemporary art, Karlsruhe
choice” Multiples and objects a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
„Stringent“ Solo exhibition Actuistic flash / reflection paintings/sound objects a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
„Versprochen“ Collaborative exhibition Kettler / Völker works to the theme “paper”, sound installation and drawings. a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
“a.i.p. Documentation 07 Kassel” Sound installations and paintings group exhibition parallel to Documenta 12, Kassel
Canvas“ Collaborative lyrical sound experiments, Kettler/ Flores. a.i.p.
„Actuismus IX,“ Solo exhibition, paintings and objects F.K. Gallery, Berlin
“Actuistische Schrift und Klangbilder”
Calligraphic sound paintings and sound installations with live saxophone performance to the sound installation„Tau wetter” a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
“Polarität 1 “ Paintings and sound installations F.K. Gallery, Berlin
“ARTkustik project:” Mixed media music / sound presentation a.i.p. Galerie, Berlin
„Actuististische Bildbeschreibungen und klanginstallationen“
Solo exhibition, paintings and sound installations to the theme of Actuismus and depicition
a.i.p galerie, Berlin 2005
„Klang Scharfe“ Solo exhibition, multi channel sound installations. F.K.Gallery, Berlin
Presentation and production of diverse photo, video, sound installations Atelierhaus Eiswerder, Berlin
“Gemischte Gemüter” Sculpture, works on canvas F.K. Gallery, Berlin
Innenwelten – Außenwelten – Arbeitswelt - Lebenswelt
Presentation of recordings and video works from the industrial steel plant Peine, Salzgitter.
Realization planned for sound performance with live radio broadcasting in the city square Peine.
A contribution for the candidacy of the cultural capital region Braunschweig, 2010.
„Actuismus und Klang“ Solo exhibition, sound installations and Actuistic painting.
F.K. Gallery, Berlin
“Kunst im kleinen format” paintings Heidreichs Kunsthandlung, Berlin
“Agnus Deii Eisen” Video - Room Installation Atelierhaus Eiswerder, Berlin
Production and live braodcast of sound art radio show ”Drop out” for public radio OKB Berlin.
Diverse field recordings on industrial sites: BEHALA, U and S bahn Berlin and recordings in California, Bodega Bay, Golden Gate Bridge.
Actuistic street Drawing Performance on the Kaiser Wilhelm
“Schweres Licht” Room installation with lead, sound and video
“Klang Konvent” Sound art presentation Atelierhaus, Eiswerder, Berlin
“First Actuistic exhibition” Paintings, sound art, sculpture F.K. Gallery, Berlin
“Video installations” Das Atelier, Berlin
From 1980 to 2000 over thirty solo and group exhibitions.