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Ulf Langheinrich, Austria

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Multiple high resolution video projections (SXGA), quadrophonic sound. Compositing and processing environment design: Wolfgang Schwarzenbrunner. 3-D sound support: Rudolf Schauer Klangplan. Drift was commissioned by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Supported by The Federal Chancellery of Austria, Department for the Arts and Muffatwerk Munich, Dietmar Lupfer.

Cinematic in scale, non-representational in content, Drift exploits high-resolution projection to reveal a stunning level of detail rarely seen in video imagery. As the artist comments, 'the absence of signs, gestures and objects in audiovisual meta-movement evokes the notion of total aesthetic matter and, at times, total emptiness: devoid of the everyday overload of interpretation, denotation and meaning.'

Ulf Langheinrich (1960-)
Born in Wolfen, Germany. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Kumasi, Ghana

Ulf Langheinrich began studying at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, the same year that he was called to do his military service in the National People's Army of the GDR.

In the early 1980s he studied industrial design, and carried out audio-experiments using organs and harmoniums. His request for his citizenship of the GDR to be dissolved was granted in 1984, and he moved to Göttingen, where he established a recording studio and took up photography. From 1985 to 1990, he taught drawing, painting and photography.

Based in Vienna since 1988, he continued to exhibit paintings and drawings, holding a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse and putting out a catalogue of his work. He designed musical soundscapes for various film and video projects and produced experimental concerts for Vienna's Kunstradio. During this time, he was also involved in the founding of the multimedia group Pyramedia, and joined the board of directors of the independent cultural organisation WUK.

In 1991 he founded the groundbreaking audio-visual performance and installation duo Granular Synthesis with Kurt Hentschlager. Granular Synthesis have presented their evolving body of work extensively in Europe and the United States.

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