Exploring the boundaries where music and language overlap, Nicola L. Hein and Lukas Truniger use hybrid instruments – constructed from drum-skins and electronic components – as devices to turn written texts into pulses of light and percussive sound. As each machine translation emerges, the network of instruments starts to share the texts, transforming written material into aesthetic, visual and sonic patterns, for the performers to further interact with. Extrapolating from the example of the African talking drum, Membranes builds up an altogether new kind of tone language, constantly shifting and adapting itself before the viewer and performers alike.

Supported by: The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, DICREAM; Le Fresnoy – studio des arts contemporains; Sibylle Kalkhof-Rose foundation / Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.