The Morning Line at ZKM

The future of The Morning Line lies not only in its permanent display in public space but also in its ongoing use as a site for advanced sonic composition. At the ZKM in Karlsruhe, The Morning Line continues its evolution in a context committed to new technology, innovation, and experimentation, specifically in the areas of contemporary musical and electroacoustic composition. My friendship with the ZKM’s chairman and CEO, Peter Weibel, goes back over a decade, and the foundation has contributed loans from its collection to a number of exhibitions at ZKM over the years, notably Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht in 2005 and the TBA21 Sound Space in the ZKM Foyer in 2012. I have a tremendous admiration for Peter Weibel as a visionary, and I trust him to work with Tony Myatt to develop the technology of The Morning Line even further over the next few years. I look forward to the work’s onward journey under his guidance.” (Francesca von Habsburg)

The ZKM has established an international reputation for its experimental work with spatial sound through projects such as the Klangdom (Sound Dome). Its augmented-reality installation SoundART was recently awarded first prize in the area of image and sound technology by the International Council of Museums, and its expertise in cutting-edge technologies makes it the ideal institution to present, preserve, and enhance The Morning Line. Under the direction of Peter Weibel, additional interdisciplinary sound experiments and collaborative projects between the ZKM and TBA21 are currently being planned.

As TBA21’s most challenging project to date, The Morning Line demonstrates the foundation’s long-standing commitment to research and experimentation in 3-D sound, new forms of architecture, digital scripting technologies, and advanced music composition. It is an ambitious project that perfectly embodies TBA21’s mission to challenge the conventional habits of exhibiting, displaying, and collecting art. The sound pavilion, which measures 20 meters long and 10 meters high and contains 46 loudspeakers and 12 subwoofers, is guided by a central control unit and is thus especially suited for live, open-air performances. Its unique interactive sound system was designed by Tony Myatt and the Music Research Centre of York University.

Described as a “heroic delirium” by the architecture critic Sanford Kwinter, The Morning Line is assembled from four generations of fractals, with a parametrical composition forming an endlessly alterable construction adapted from the basic shape of a “bit.” In combination these “bits” result in an expansive structure and are thought of as a universal component, which was designed after drawings by Matthew Ritchie and therefore migrated from twodimensionality to spatiality. The “bit” is derived from a truncated tetrahedron and was conceived by the architect duo Aranda/Lash in cooperation with the Advanced Geometry Unit of Arup.> >

September 15, 2013

LOCATION: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

The Morning Line can be visited day and night.
Sound installation are presented daily from 10 am to 12 am on a random mode.

Free admission

The Morning Line Compositions 2008-2013

Sevilla 2008-2009
Istanbul 2010
Vienna 2011
Vienna 2012