Pe Lang is a Swiss sound and media artist currently participating in an artist residence at the Exploratorium, where he is developing a piece for the museum’s collection. On Saturday, April 21, he gives a presentation during Open MAKE—the theme is trash—focused on how to build kinetic sound devices with simple materials.
Pe Lang’s work includes sound installations, live performances, and compositions based on elegant and minimal kinetic systems combined with devices he creates to use as sources of sound. He prefers to experiment and build his artworks with inexpensive motors, small magnets, and the raw materials of bare wire, plastic tubing, metal plate, and ball bearings, to allow viewers and listeners to appreciate the delicate and unpredictable movements. At the Exploratorium, he will show some of the simple materials and construction methods he uses, including industrial surplus magnets, simple parts, and fasteners.
Peter Lang is a Swiss artist living in Berlin and working under the artist name Pe Lang. He has exhibited and performed in several museums, galleries, and festivals in Europe and North America, including the Gosia Koscielak Gallery in Chicago, the gallery s o in London, the Espacio Menosuno in Madrid, the Transmediale in Berlin and the Elektra Festival in Montreal. His installation, “Kinetic Speakers,” was shown in the Think Art – Act Science exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Institute in 2011. Among other honors, he received the sitemapping/mediaprojects award in 2008 from the Swiss Federal Department of Culture. He performs his works in Europe and abroad.
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Photo: Myleen Hollero