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(UN)SEXY MEASUREMENT and THE RETURN OF MC LOOOOOSE
were created for the installation and performance project LAX BAR
by Christoph Meier, Ute Müller, Robert Schwarz and Lukas Stopczynski.
The four artists rebuild and reenacted Adolf Loos’ iconic American Bar in Vienna,
with quite different materials from the original, as a permanent installation/performance
during the Wiener Festwochen 2019.
The white “bar” is, compared to the original, deliberately flawed:
an empty, cold walk-in art installation.
Every Friday it transformed into its opposite:
a lively indeed, quite anarchic, performative social happening.
(UN)SEXY MEASUREMENT – (UN)GEILE ABMESSUNG
Sound Carpenter MC LOOOOOSE (aka Marino Formenti)
performs a musical measurement of the LAX BAR, of its architectural and social dimensions.
The musical material is abducted from 1908 compositions only,
the year Adolph Loos’ American Bar was build.
Formerly scandalous works by Alban Berg, Arnold Schönberg, Charles Ives, Gustav Mahler, Erik Satie,
and popular songs such as the utterly lascivious “Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovely Mine”.
The music material itself is measured and checked for its part,
through the physical and through the social space.
THE RETURN OF DR. LOOOOOSE
Two weeks after his (UN)SEXY MEASUREMENT, MC LOOOOOSE (aka Marino Formenti)
returns to the LAX Bar to measure again space and people.
The interactive part is both raised and lowered.
Goal of the re-examination is to further explore the osmosis between autism and empathy, between isolation and participation – to measure the musically vital osmosis at the example of the unexampled LAX BAR.
Absolutely archetypal “evergreens” of bar music – such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of the Fugue and
John Cage’s ASLSP – form the basic material, as well as Frank Sinatra’s and/or original sounds.
Music that was or wasn’t written in 1908.
For a donation in the five to twelve figure range you may request your own favourite song without recognising it.