Helmut Lemke is currently Sound Artist in Residence at the Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre. In February 2017 he moved everything associated with his art practice of more than 40 years into the Basement of the Fusilier Museum to work on his project LISTEN BACKWARDS to ADVANCE (LBtA). In LBtA Lemke investigates a 40 year career in sound art as a durational public performance through objects, photos, videos, sound recordings, writing, publications, drawings, and soundmachines. Helmut has created a publicly accessible Archive (1977 -2017) over the course of the project that is open to the public as a performative event and ongoing exhibition.
Helmut has also launched an online Radio program from his base in Bury. He will continue to broadcast from the basement every Wednesday from 7pm til late. On Wednesday the 18th of October his Radio will focus on the ENLIGHTEN Festival. His Guests will be Andy Brydon from Curated Place, director of the festival,and other artists who are involved inENLIGHTEN Bury. To tune in into the programs follow the links on the Helmut's website.
For the ENLIGHTEN Festival he will create a series if installations in the basement of the Fusilier Museum with the title ‘echoes of distant installations’. In this Installations Helmut revisits sound installations, objects and performances from 1985 until today.
His work in the Basement will be open on
Friday the 20th of October from 6 – 9pm, and
on Saturday the 21st of October from 12noon to 5pm and from 6pm to 9pm.
Until Nov the 17th the Installation will be open after appointment only.
please note that the evening openings of 20 and 21 October will be restricted. groups of up to 25 visitors will be allowed every 30 minutes.
Helmut Lemke is a German sound artist who moved to the UK in 1996. Since he started his journey into the world of sound more than 40 years ago, Helmut Lemke has investigated sounds that are around us, some are obvious, some are familiar, some have to be found… and he has performed and exhibited process based work responding to his investigations.
Imagine you have a plastic bottle….
You fill it with water and you hang it upside down….
You make a little hole in the cap…
.and then you sit back,
you wait and you listen
– they fall
– they hit
inaudible when the water squeezes through the little hole…
imaginable when it falls…
audible when it hits
Events like this drive Helmut’s curiosity.
His international, and enthusiastically ecumenical practice, has lead him to work everywhere from the frozen seas round Greenland, to a palace in Venice for the 55th Biennale. Along the way he has collaborated with other Sound Artists and Musicians, with Dancers and Scientists, Visual Artists and Architects, Poets andArchaeologists, Performance Artists and Wildlife Rangers.
Since 1995 he has taught at art academies & universities in Germany, France, England, Finland, Thailand.
Helmut is still listening…