Monday 20 June 2016, 8pm
MK Gallery is pleased to present the UK premiere of Swiss artist Eric Hattan's recent performance piece, Chaises Musicales with musician, composer and fellow countryman, Julian Sartorius.
Known for his curious videos, installations and performances that utilise banal everyday items - biscuit packaging, Christmas trees, the clothes off his back, to name a few - Hattan gently manipulates and rearranges the familiar to draw us into a playful space that questions our environment and conventions. Chaises Musicales, which premiered at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, sees Hattan carefully orchestrate fifty or so chairs-cum-percussive surfaces for Sartorius to build an evolving, rhythmic soundscape.
This event will also present the UK launch of a new catalogue published by Holzwarth (Berlin) and MK Gallery, Works 1979-2015, surveying Hattan’s career to date. Copies will be available on the night at a special price.
‘Julian Sartorius is basically someone who turns everything he comes across into a percussion instrument. Now we all love to hit the odd pot or pan, but turning it into music takes true passion. That man with drumsticks for hands lives in the Swiss capital of Bern and he has been stirring up the world of drums and percussion for quite some time now. The ex-drummer of Sophie Hunger made headlines with his mammoth-project “beat diary”, where he recorded a beat a day for 365 days, recorded on 12 vinyl records. As a true and true field-recorder, he values the sound of a flicked light switch as much as a clanking piano. This aphex twin of percussions is a sound collector, a forerunner, a combiner and companion.’
Eric Hattan was born in 1955 in Wettingen, Switzerland. He has exhibited widely, in solo and group shows for over 20 years, across Europe and in North and South America. Exhibitions in recent years include; Habiter l’inhabituel, FRAC Paca, Fonds Régional d? Art Contemporain, Marseille, What About Sunday? MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, with Silvia Bächli, Les Poissons, selon l’arrivage du jour, at La BF15 Espace d’art contemporain, Lyon; Schnee bis im Mai, with Silvia Bächli, Kunsthalle Nürnberg and All the While, a video installation created for the Féstivale de création contemporain, Le Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse. His work incorporates film, installation and performance elements and he creates work in the gallery space and public realm. He is currently based in Basel and Paris.