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. On Wednesday 18th October before the launch of Enlighten Bury, he live-broadcasted a show focusing on the festival with guests Andy Brydon, director of the festival, and other artists from Enlighten Bury. To find out more about LBtA visit Helmut's website.
For Enlighten Bury Helmut created a series of installations in the basement of the Fusilier Museum titled ‘echoes of distant installations’. In this Installations Helmut revisited sound installations, objects and performances from his career spanning 1985 until today.
Until Nov the 17th the Installation will be open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11-4 or by appointment.
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…