With uncompromising persistence and against all trends in art, the author, painter and composer Gerhard Rühm has now been working doggedly for almost half a century on a work that already gained him the ironic honorific "Professor of border crossings" some years ago. This year’s steirischer herbst programme presents an example of how fervently Rühm has been searching with equal emphasis – both in the field of music and in literature and visual art – for adequate forms of expression that refer and relate to each other reciprocally.
With "lullaby for sleepless nights", the anti-composition "from the last days of gotamo buddho" and the "threshold chronicle of the turn of the millennium" commissioned by steirischer herbst, Gerhard Rühm presents three specific examples of his "auditive poetry" that are meant to be seen as "tone poems" in the literal sense.
Inauguration of steirischer herbst 2001
VISUELLE POESIE VISUELLE MUSIK
Verlier nicht den Kopf aus Liebe
Am Anfang war der Laut