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Stephan von Huene

Split Tongue - Texts and Interviews

Stephan von Huene (1932–2000) was a pioneer in the sound art movement. Beginning in the 1960s, he produced sculptures that incorporated sound in novel ways—from Text Tones, a sleek series of works that record and recompose chance conversations within the exhibition space, to a pair of legs that perform a lively tap dance. But von Huene was also an accomplished draftsman, whose works on paper—collages, sketches, and prints—have been the subject of extensive solo exhibitions.

Combining interviews with von Huene and an essay by his partner, Petra Kipphoff von Huene, this book provides unparalleled insight into the artist’s processes and the mechanical complications involved in the creation of some of his works. The book also brings together for the first time all of von Huene’s Mind Maps, a series of meticulous compositions of images and words. In addition to illustrating how von Huene conceived of his sculptures, the Mind Maps series also reveals the artist’s keen interest in contemporary communications theory and the technical side of sound, both of which were central to the social function of his work.

A richly illustrated survey of von Huene’s remarkable four-decade career, this book explores both sculptural and graphic works and examines the artist’s continuing influence in his native America and adopted Germany.

196 pages | 100 color plates, 1 foldout | 9 x 10 | © 2012

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Combined German/English Edition

Looking Back Ahead
All Beginnings are Babel
      Petra Kipphoff von Huene

Interview with the magazine MIZUE
Interview with Joan La Barbara
Commentary on Individual Works
Glass Pipes
The Glass Pipe Enterprise
Dancing on Tables. A fashion show for art exhibitions
Dancing on Tables. Semantics and Syntax
Statement concerning MM3
The Semi-Conductor from Chemnitz
Media Art, Theory, and Teaching
About my Works
Reflections about my Work
Research and Development in Media Art
Definition of “Media Art”
Form, Procedures & Techniques of the Media Artist
Speech at the opening of the Helmholtz Center for Cultural Technique, Humboldt University, Berlin
Stephan von Huene: Works in German Museums and Collections
Stephan von Huene—a Panorama in Keywords
      Moritz Woelk

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