08. February 2021
The Road to Ulm
Fenster Richtung Hirschstr.
Laurie Schwartz and the ghost town Ulm, Wyoming
She discovered its ghost town twin near Ucross at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in March 2020 during a one-month artist residency at the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. It was just 8 miles from Ulm, no problem, even with a single-gear bicycle. In theory. In the end, she hitched a ride in a rancher’s pick-up truck, with the way back in mind. It’s easy to get lost in the vast wilderness. Especially after dark. Alone out there on a bike? An uncomfortable thought.
A selection of Laurie Schwartz’ photographs will now be presented at the Stadthaus, in traditional analogue form, accompanied by a digital loop on a monitor. The photographs measure 120 by 160 centimetres and can be viewed through the windows from the Hirschstraße. The image loop is available on the Stadthaus’ YouTube channel.
Laurie Schwartz is a composer, sound artist, and curator based in Berlin, Germany. Born in Northampton, Massachusetts (USA). she has lived in Europe since the early 80s, first in Berlin and later also for an extended period in Italy. Her works integrate field recordings, interviews, spoken text, gesture, choreography and video into the musical composition, most often in combination with amplified voices and/or instruments and electronics and, as such, they interrogate the boundaries between music composition, theater and performance art. She initiated and curates the event series ‘itinerant interludes’, which presents ‘pop-up performances’ of contemporary music at gallery openings in Berlin. Her music has been published by Academy, Esopus, Edition Zeitklang, Cantate-Musicaphon and Zeitkratzer.