Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Newark Museum and Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium
African Cosmos Stellar Arts:
This first major exhibition of some 90 objects explores how the celestial bodies of the sun, moon, and stars and such celestial phenomena as rainbows and eclipses serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art, both traditional and contemporary. Far from abstract, African ideas about the universe are intensely personal and place human beings in relationships with the earth, sky, and celestial bodies. Objects on view include a mummy board, videos, masks, and sculptures.
See video of Chasing Light and exhibition website:
Low-res extracts from the catalogue: African Cosmos CATALOGUE on Neustetter (1.5MB)
ARTnews Arttalk: African Cosmos, ARTnews, February 2013 (1.3MB)
Title: from Susie
Mixed media projection performance and film
Music by Njo Kong Kie
Performed for the 2013 Site-Specific Biennale, 2013
Short artist statement:
Responding to the context of Plettenberg Bay, Marcus Neustetter was struck by the oceans horizon, the moments where the life beneath this line is revealed by dolphins and whales and how this creates mystery and wonder about the imaginary world beneath. In conversation with Cornelius, a local fisherman who fishes on the rocks outside the The Beacon Isle Hotel for the last 38 years, Neustetter was presented with personal reflections and experiences of the place and the ocean.
Cornelius and his fellow fishermen call the ocean Susie. At the end of the informal interviews, he was given a small fish. Making sense of the stories, the mysteries and this gift Neustetter explored his questions about the ocean and what lies beneath through drawing, film and sound. The creative process culminated in a live mixing as a large scale projection from the site where Cornelius fishes onto the Beacon Ilse hotel facade that stands like an observatory at the oceans edge. The voice of Cornelius, underwater soundscapes and the music of composer Njo Kong Kie created a 15 minute audio journey to which the artist manipulated his documentation of the surrounds, the video of the fisherman, microscopic studies of the fish and personal drawings which he produced live during the performance. The performance and the original footage is packaged as an artist film titled from Susie.
After drawing the city skyline of Johannesburg as sheet music, sound artists and musicians were invited to interpret and respond to these images. Recording sessions for improvisation and collaboration were held in Johannesburg’s Sound and Motion Studios with Joao Orecchia, Murray Turpin, Daniel Stompie Selebi, Ziza Mhlongo and Zubz interpreting and collaborating on 31 March 2008. The resulting sound-scapes are presented by Marcus Neustetter in an unabridged (20m15s) and a shorter (2m52s) version. The sound-scape has been complimented with various installations and an editioned glass artwork produced in the proportions of the glass that separated Neustetter from the sound responses in the recording studio.
Sound-scape audio – 2m52s (2.6MB)
Please see low-resolution PDF for more information:
Glow-sticks, amplified sound, brooms, buckets, uniforms
Marcus Neustetter’s performance Erosion asks questions about contemporary and consumerist popular culture in public space. Working with imported glow-sticks from China that only have a functional life-span of a few hours, Neustetter invades public spaces, drawing attention to conceptually relevant sites and unexpected audiences. Drawings with light and working with a team of performers to sweep (with amplified sound) through streets, parks and squares at night, Neustetter explores popular and cultural spaces as well as buildings and urban details that capture his attention. The result is a documented journey bringing light and temporary articulation to these spaces.
Commissioned by the Infesting the City Festival 2013
Launch of the site-specific installation, the Sutherland Dome at the Southern African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, South Africa
ASAMAAN Festival of Music and Astronomy realized its first edition on Gorée Island in Dakar, Senegal, 19 April 2013. The festival presented a site-specific intervention at the Monument of Gorée integrating art, science, and technology via a public astronomical observatory, concerts by international musicians and video art / VJing. Marcus Neustetter’s video contributions included Space Drawing I – Man Ray, 2012.
video: space drawing I – man ray by marcus neustetter (2MB)
My Room at the Centre of the Universe is a 12 minute preview of a 60 minute film which, together with an illustrated resource book, departs from the act of sensitive and intensive observation common to the fields of astronomy, archaeology and the visual arts. A small Karoo farm outhouse becomes a space of contemplation and creativity for the main character, a 16 year old teenager from Sutherland. One small window in his room acts as a framing device through which he observes and contemplates the landscape, the skies and ultimately the universe: much like a telescopes for a physicist and indeed the view Hubble offers humankind.
http://www.sutherlandreflections.com in collaboration with http://www.africameetsafrica.co.za
Sunset Nirox Amphitheatre 21.12.2012
Rhythmic articulation of the landscaped surface with LED lights triggered by the setting sun.
Lebogang Mashile, Joao Orecchia & Marcus Neustetter – Triptych
Improvised voice, sound and moving image performance responding to interpretations of the past, present and future, while making site-specic reference to the performance in the Cradle of Humankind: observing below, on and above the earth surface.
Video (13MB) the third paradise – neustetter
What are the imaginary futures in this time of global re-invention?
Strategies for survival in a changing cultural industry seems to be a constant re-invention, challenging of one’s own status quo. As media artists, self-conscious networkers and strategists in their own right both Nina Czegledy (Hungary/ Canada) and Marcus Neustetter (South Africa) constantly respond to their contextual shifts and resulting needs. This approach of positioning oneself critically even to one’s own experience and discipline, results in a pro-active colliding of ideas, engaging in experimental practice and imagining futures.
Czegledy and Neustetter have prepared a small exhibition in which they collide images of their experiences to allow their juxtaposition, much like the Large Hadron Collider, to find new meaning and solutions. This becomes the starting point for observations and a performative presentation and aims to result in discussion and imaginings.
Virtueel Platform, the artists and the hosts in Utrecht, Leiden and Amsterdam invite you to join this experimental process and participate in imagining futures in this time of global re-invention.
11 December 2012 – 20:00 – UTRECHT: Galerie SANAA
Galerie SANAA – Jansdam 2 (tussen Janskerkhof en de Dom) 3512 HB Utrecht
13 December 2012 – 16:00 -18:00 – LEIDEN: Leiden University, Faculty of Science
Entrance hall of the Gorlaeus Laboratorium of the Faculty of Science/ Leiden University
15 December 2012 – 18:00 – AMSTERDAM: Mediamatic FABRIEK Mediamatic FABRIEK – Van Gendthallen (naast Roest)
1018 LG Amsterdam