During the presentation of Annette Kelm’s work, the musicians Konrad Sprenger and Phillip Sollmann gave a concert featuring their Modular Organ System at Haus Ludwig in September 2018.
Sprenger and Sollmann developed the system in 2017 while exploring the origins of organ construction and its various historical methods, including the resonance qualities of different pipe forms. Based on organ pipes, the instrument is powered by a central wind machine and controlled via MIDI data (a computer language enabling music instruments, computers, and other hardware to communicate). The traditional materials are augmented by leather, metal, glass, ceramics, and diverse synthetics. The result is a unique and exceptional multiplicity of sounds, noises, interferences, drones, and arpeggios. For the concert in Haus Ludwig the Modular Organ System was set up in several rooms, so that it in practice became a sound installation listeners could walk through.
The Ludwig Foundation regularly invites artists to reflect on and interact with the onetime home of Peter and Irene Ludwig. Candida Höfer and Marcel Odenbach are two artists who have already taken up this invitation. The Berlin photo artist Annette Kelm has now spent over a year considering the house and the objects at home there. This invitation resulted in the presentation of her project in House Ludwig. Built in 1953, the residence of the Ludwigs can probably be best described as a total work of art. Not only works of art from a wide range of genres and epochs are at home here, but also – in the form of doors, grates and tiles – spolia were integrated, creating a unique overall work. Annette Kelm has explored, both directly and indirectly, the features, décor and diverse objects by restaging them in her photographs or integrating her own still life photographs into the rooms and spaces. In this way she altered the spatial effects usually generated and completely reinterpreted the rooms in their ornamentation and still life aspects.