About Paul Amlehn
My name is Paul Amlehn.
I am an interdisciplinary artist working in the mediums of writing, photography, painting, music, and film.
My writing has been published in literary journals in 20 countries, in 7 languages, including: Poetry Salzburg, California Quarterly, Orbis, and Evergreen Review.
My visual art works have been placed in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, and documenta Archiv.
My art works have been exhibited at venues such as Artists Space, the Chelsea Art Museum, and Luhring Augustine Gallery, and at festivals such as Art 42 Basel (with the Serpentine Gallery), the 51st Venice Biennale, and the 55th Venice Biennale.
In 2007, I worked on a series of sound art works with Robert Fripp (King Crimson), titled: The Seven Words. These works were installed in sensory deprivation tanks in New York and London, and were also broadcast off-world, via klystron transmitter and parabolic dish antenna, 3-4 light years into outer space. A signed, limited edition CD of The Seven Words was also auctioned by the Cork Street Gallery, with the proceeds going to benefit children with AIDS.
In 2007-2008, I pioneered the medium of Photo-Painting, a technique of painting through the medium of photography, using heat, chemicals, pressure, magnetism, and radiation, to create images. The Photo-Painting works were widely exhibited and also were published in Static, the journal of the Science Museum, the ICA, and the TATE.
In 2008-2009, I worked with Robert Fripp and Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet) on the album project: Saudade.
From 2008-2013, I worked on the album project: Blood of Union. For the creation of this work, I utilized an aleatory process, whereby my texts and vocals were sent to musicians in various countries to use as a catalyst and point of departure for their own imaginings. The vocal material was used as a carrier for the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and psychic matter of the work. It was also a way of teleporting my nervous system across cyberspace, so that the nervous systems of the musicians could meet and fuse with my own. Each musician heard the same point of reference, the vocals, but, none of the musicians heard what any of the other musicians were composing. In this way, the portal of chance was open to allow the magic to manifest in the work.
Blood of Union features music by myself, Ariel Lorca, Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno), David Van Tieghem (Laurie Anderson ), Oren Ambarchi (Sun O)))), Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass Ensemble), Jamie Saft (John Zorn), Hopek Quirin (Six or Seven), Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey ), Jem Finer (The Pogues), Michael Blair (Tom Waits), Ulf Ivarsson (Michael Blair), Daniele Pagliero (Larsen), Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Robin Storey (Zoviet France), AD Chivers (Peter Gabriel), Michael Giles (King Crimson), Paul Beauchamp (Nurse With Wound), Eberhard Kranemann (Kraftwerk), Wyatt Howland (Skin Graft), Mick Rossi (Leonard Cohen), MS Waldron (Nurse With Wound), Chandra Shukla (Psychic TV), Phil Minton (Matthew Barney), RK Faulhaber (Nurse With Wound), Gerd Bessler (Tom Waits), Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons); vocals by myself, Fulya Peker (Richard Foreman), Philippe Nahon (Gaspar Noe), Elisa Faires (Xambuca), and Gerd Bessler (Tom Waits); and graphic score by Gerhard Richter.
I am currently working on: A Walk to the End of the World, an album of music with texts and vocals by William S. Burroughs, courtesy of his Estate.
I am also working on an album which re-configures and re-imagines the music of John Cage, courtesy of the John Cage Trust and Edition Peters.
Cover art for these albums has been provided by Gerhard Richter.
I am writing and directing the feature film: L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere, with Philippe Nahon (Gaspar Noe), Tricia Vessey (Claire Denis), Kate Fisher (Robert Wilson), Pamela Flores (Alejandro Jodorowsky), Nelly Zagury (Matthew Barney), Irma de Vries (Peter Greenaway), Anne Louise Hassing (Lars von Trier), and others.
I am also working on a large-scale interdisciplinary project: The Meta-Novel.
Further information on my activities can be found here:
amlehn.blogspot.com/ themetanovel.blogspot.com/ soundcloud.com/paulamlehn soundcloud.com/amlehn-burroughs soundcloud.com/amlehn-paul
Paul Amlehn: A Retrospective, VDU menu galerija "101," Kaunas, Lithuania. October, 2014.
Arte in Movimento: Body, Time & Space, Travelling Exhibition: Gravina in Puglia, Italy; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Good Day Today Center, Lima, Peru; Cultural Center Casa Matteo Ricci, Ayacucho, Peru. September 2014 - December 2015.
Amore, VI Biennale Internazionale Mail Art 2014, College Church of St. Adrian, Cosenza, Italy. August 24th-30th, 2014.
Sound Art Works, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, Los Angeles, California, America. May 2014.
Theoretics (Concepts and Ideas), Gallery W, Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, America. April 4th to May 4th, 2014.
BorderBody - Mixing Identities, Palazzo Barone, Ferrara, Bari, Italy. February 13th-21st, 2014.
Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine, New York, New York, America. January 24th-26th, 2014.
BorderBody - Mixing Cities, Palazzo Barone, Ferrara, Bari, Italy. November 28th-December 6th, 2013.
Platform New Experimental Music Sound Art Festival, Wood Walk, Uden, The Netherlands. November 16th-17th, 2013.
The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, Homeostasis Lab, Online, Sao Paulo, Brazil. November 1st-December 31st, 2013.
55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, Road to Nowhere, Ca Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy. June, 2013.
The End of the World, Streaming Museum, New York, America. December 21st, 2012.
At Heaven's Door, Cyberfest 2012, ART re.FLEX Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia. November 24th, 2012.
Radio Arts Space, Galerija SKUC, Ljubljana, Slovenia. December, 2011.
Not For Sale, Fictilis, Seattle, America. June, 2011.
Art 42 Basel (With the Serpentine Gallery), The Agency of Unrealized Projects, Kopfbau, Basel, Switzerland. June, 2011.
mailto:, Drift Station Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, America. June 3rd-24th, 2011.
Degenerate Art - Pushing Boundaries, Duo Arts Center, New York, New York. November, 2010.
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, New York, America. December 13th-14th, 2008.
Digital Fringe 08, Horse Bazaar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. September 24th-October 12th, 2008.
The Seven Words (The Outer), Interstellar Transmission, Deep Space Communications Network, Cape Canaveral, Florida, America. September 19th, 2008.
The Seven Words (The Inner), The Floatworks, London, England. September 8th-November 8th, 2008.
The Seven Words (The Inner), Blue Light Flotation, New York, New York, America. September 8th-November 8th, 2008.
Garden of Delights, Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu, South Korea. August 30th-September 20th, 2008.
love you kill you, Laboratoire Village Nomade, Lac Neuchatel, Switzerland. August 22nd, 2008.
Cork Street Open Exhibition, Children With AIDS Charity, The Cork Street Gallery, London, England. July 31st-August 9th, 2008.
The Sonic Self, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York, America. July 15th-August 30th, 2008.
Olympolis Project, 37th Olympus Festival, Olympus, Greece. July 12th-20th, 2008.
Static.07 Launch, TATE Modern, London, England. June 21st, 2008.
FEAR, DUO Arts Center, New York, New York, America. June 19th-21st, 2008.
Mowa Ciala, The Workshop, Bialystok, Poland. June 6th-July 12th, 2008.
IX Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Municipal Museum of Modern Art, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2007.
Synthetic Zero artfilmperformance, Temboo, New York, New York, America, 2006.
Conversions, The Green Corner, New York, New York, America, 2006.
Isola della Poesia, Isola Virtuale, 51st Venice Biennale, The Experience of Art/Always a Little Further, Collateral Events, Venice, Italy, 2005.
2nd Biennale Internationale d'Arte di Ferrara, Castello Estense, Ferrara, Italy, 2004.
Visions of Excess, Grad Kodeljevo, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2004.
Play III, Art Museum of Junin, Junin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004.
Contemporary.art Nonstop.Madrid.04, Pabelleo de la Pipa - Recinto Ferial de Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain, 2004.
A.V. Text-Fest 7, Teatro de la Cultura de Mexicali, Mexicali, Mexico, 2004.
Festival Signes de Nuit, Cinema Le Balzac, Paris, France, 2004.
ArtExpo.Mexico.04, Observatorio Centro Experimental, Michoachan, Mexico, 2004.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, America.
documenta Archiv, Kassel, Germany.
Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Mediathek, Karlsruhe, Germany.
RRL 225, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, America.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, America.
William S. Burroughs Estate Archive, William Burroughs Communications, Lawrence, Kansas, America.