Pierce Warnecke is sound and video artist from the US, based in Europe for over a decade. He works equally in the aural and visual domains by creating performances, installations and compositions. His works have been commissioned by CTM Festival, Deutschland Radio Kultur, ORF Musikprotocoll and Mirage Fesitval. He has received supporting grants from Germany, the European Union and France (Arcadi, Dicream).
After studying at Berklee College of Music he obtained his Master’s at Universität der Kunst Berlin (Kunst und Medien). He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music’s Master’s program in Valencia, Spain. Recent projects include collaborations with Frank Bretschneider (visuals for his latest work "Sinn+Form" on raster-noton) and Matthew Biederman (sound composition for the installation "Perspection").
He has presented his works in many international festivals and spaces, such as KW Institut, CTM, Elektra, NEMO, Zero1 Biennale, Transmediale, Bozart/BEAF, Semibreve, MadeiraDig, Ososphere, Mirage, LAB30, Jazz à Vienne, Boston Cyberarts, SXSW Interactive and more.
He releases music on Portals Editions and most recently on Room 40. In summer 2016, Warnecke held a weeklong residency at Sweden's legendary Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm. Commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur, the residency resulted in a new work titled: "Functional Mating Calls (for animals and electronics)".
My work stems from interest in the effects of time on matter: modification, deterioration and disappearance. Whether the focus is on digital forms or rough materials, large scales of time or microscopic details, the goal of my work is to re-adapt existing sound, visual or physical objects and materials into parallel contexts where their signified meanings, symbols and cultural connections have become residual ghosts. I like to imagine false paradigms, inexistent branches of research and fictional sciences in order to create unrealistic questionings as a basis for a new work. Form emerges through a process of collecting, filtering and combining phenomena (objects, data, sounds, images) that are linked to the conjecture. There are explorations and structures in this 'research' but no conclusions, except the ones you make.
Warnecke graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007, and in 2013 completed his Meisterschüler (MA) studies at Universität der Kunst Berlin (Kunst und Medien). He co-curates Emitter Micro Festival and label with Kris Limbach, and has presented his works at KW Institut, LEAP, and FEED in Berlin, Harvestworks (NY), Luggage Store Gallery (SF), Berklee (Boston), CalArts (LA) as well as festivals like Zero1 Biennale, Transmediale, Bozart/BEAF (Brussels), MadeiraDig (PT), LAB30 (DE), Boston Cyberarts, Visionsonic (FR), Pixelache (FR), Vidéoformes (FR), SXSW Interactive (US) and more. His music has been released on Khalija, Staaltape, Gaffer, Attenuation Circuit, and Gruenrekorder.
Pierce Warnecke currently lives and works in Berlin.
The following are some of the more recent projects, both solo and collaborative, developed by Pierce Warnecke. Many more are available - please contact us for more information.
SINN + FORM is a project by Pierce Warnecke and Raster Noton’s Frank Bretschneider. It explores the limits of man’s constant attempts to capture and control the world through description and prediction. Reflecting the fact that mathematical and physical theories and models increasingly incorporate chaos and contingency, SINN + FORM (sense + form) takes shape as a modular synthesizer system that produces a constant flow of randomly generated data that influences the musical parameters of pitch, note length, volume, tone.
Bretschneider’s music, recorded on both Buchla and Serge synthesizers at the prestigious EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, is fused with Warnecke’s visuals, mechanically produced through printed stills that are modulated through a custom built machine so as to create movement and variations in lighting. The result is a hybrid analogue-digital system that uses light, machine, image and sound to create an interactive multimedia ensemble.
"SINN + FORM" premiered at CTM 2014 festival in Berlin.
Pierce Warnecke and Matthew Biederman collaborate on ∆T; an audiovisual exploration that departs from Thomas Hobbes' notion of time as "a phantasm of motion." Delicate textures, snippets of noise, and carefully devised synth fragments coalesce, pulse, and undulate across a multi-channel setup. Envisioned for single-channel video, laser, and 8.2 audio, ∆T premiered at LEV Festival in 2019, and is supported by Berklee College of Music, VYV Montreal / CQAM, LEV, and LABORAL.
Upon working together on the suggestion of Semibreve Festival, Whitman and Warnecke found much common ground.
In Whitman's own words: "We immediately hit it off, professing a shared love for experimental & direct film, and through this Pierce began architecting a lush real-time video performance solution that utilizes the raw control & timing voltages from the “Redactions” & “Generators” patches to generate a gorgeous, high-frame-rate Op-art assemblage that perfectly encapsulates the structural & formal constructs of Live Electronic Music in a cleverly analogous visual language. Even in our debut performance, it was unclear if I was performing to the video, he was performing to the music, or if we were independently utilizing the same signals to achieve discrete results; the exact sort of grey-area that I love & often strive towards."
Warnecke and Whitman have performed together at Semibreve 2018 and Sonic Acts 2019.
SEDIMENTS explores the mineral as a material dimension of our universe; it is a means of perceiving and engaging with memories and senses. Through the prism of time and history, and through the design of various scenes and situations, SEDIMENTS offers a considered reading of stones—a material that is paramount and mysterious, more so than one might think.
Territory: worldwide → Remco Schuurbiers
Available for concerts and festivals.