What happens when musicians make use of ideas and strategies from the art world? And what kind of pictures result when painters are influenced by music? To be interested in other people’s lives, to follow the unknown, to copy it, to use it in one’s own work—in short, to cross-map between the worlds of music and the visual arts: this is the subject of HYPER! A Journey into Art and Music curated by Max Dax, the former editor-in-chief of Spex and Electronic Beats. The book will include classic works such as Peter Saville’s ground-breaking album cover for New Order’s 1983 masterpiece Power, Corruption and Lies, and the narrative, minimalist imagery of Emil Schult on which the cover of Kraftwerk’s 1974 album, Autobahn, was based, and Cyprien Gaillard’s acclaimed 3D installation, Night Life, from 2015. The mutual influences between music and art will be illustrated with examples by Albert Oehlen and Scooter, Thomas Scheibitz and the Melvins, as well as Daniel Blumberg. Photographs and video works by Andrea Stappert, Sven Marquardt, Andreas Gursky, The KLF, Mark Leckey, and Bettina Pousttchi will lend the book a documentary dimension. The book is narratively underpinned by numerous background interviews that Max Dax conducted with the participants in HYPER! over the past thirty years.
About the Author
Max Dax was editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2010 of Spex, a famous German music magazine, well known in the scene as the organ of the punk and new wave scenes. Dirk Luckow has been the General Director of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg since 2009. He graduated in 1996 with a dissertation on Joseph Beuys and the American Anti-Form-Art. Luckow has since worked at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Württembergische Kunstverein in Stuttgart. He also worked as project manager for visual arts at the Siemens Arts Program in Munich, before he became Director of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel from 2002 to 2009. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin. In 2016, Luckow received an honorary professorship at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.