Volker Bertelmann, better known as Hauschka, is a German-born composer and pianist. While his coveted discography of ethereal and avant-garde albums span over 10 years, it is Bertelmann's live performances that have truly made him a household name for pianists old and new. Seeking inspiration from the legendary John Cage, Hauschka has created a niche for himself with prepared piano, placing toys and other random objects in his piano to alter the sound. He will bring this experimental performance method to FF002 and will also take part in the Vision Speakers series. Scroll down to read an interview with Hauschka.
Where are music and the arts headed?
I hope that music and arts are going to express ideas that can inspire and somehow are opposite to politics and economy. In times where Western societies are confronted with trying to find answers, they spread to where you feel it is not so easy to fulfill these ideas. I think art and music is far ahead in terms of communication and understanding. Artists are crossing borders worldwide and have connections and share common ideas with people from other countries, no matter what political system.
What is an idea or technology that inspires you?
I think the most interesting idea is the "perpetuum mobile." I hope that vehicles and every sort of machine that moves you from A to B will work on self-sustaining power like sun, energy, or wind. I'm very inspired by this, and it's exciting that this concept is not as far away as it was 20 years ago.
How can time and space be communicated through the arts?
I think art forms are wonderful to transport a feeling of a time period as well as visions and memories. In the ideal case it's not attached to any kind of second thought. But if it does, then maybe reflects as a sort of zeitgeist.
What type of future do you envision 10 years from now?
Well, I could get pessimistic now but I think there is still enough power working in the right direction and maybe this sounds like an utopia, but I think to establish something visionary you have to think the same thought over and over again to materialize it.
Should we send people into space. And if so, would you ever go?
Yes and yes. I think space travel might help us define our conscious new. It makes you crazy to think that we are stuck on this little little planet and out there it is endless and you can only stare at it. This is like having food in front of your mouth but not being able to reach it.
What is a quote you live by?
Make the best out of every day with respect for everything that is alive.