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Atlas / Fennesz

“Paired with Atlas’ emotive, sensuous, gauzy model faces haunting the giant IMAX screen, Fennesz’ deft accommodation of keyboards, guitars and samplers simmers into a masterful showcase” – The Wire

A live, audiovisual collaboration between acclaimed musician and composer Christian Fennesz and award-winning filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas. 

Combining Fennesz’ lush and luminance electric guitar and laptop compositions with Atlas’ innovative live video mixing of sampled film footage, prepared clips and improvised collage, bringing together two of today’s pioneering artists in a virtuoso performance.


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Atlas / Fennesz

Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz
2007

“Paired with Atlas’ emotive, sensuous, gauzy model faces haunting the giant IMAX screen, Fennesz’ deft accommodation of keyboards, guitars and samplers simmers into a masterful showcase” – The Wire

A live, audiovisual collaboration between acclaimed musician and composer Christian Fennesz and award-winning filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas. 

Combining Fennesz’ lush and luminance electric guitar and laptop compositions with Atlas’ innovative live video mixing of sampled film footage, prepared clips and improvised collage, bringing together two of today’s pioneering artists in a virtuoso performance.

  • Premiered

    Happy New Ears Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
    Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
    Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
    BFI IMAX, London, UK

  • Credits

    Atlas / Fennesz was created by Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz in 2007. Produced by Forma.

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Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz, Atlas / Fennesz, 2007 (still)

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Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz, Atlas / Fennesz, 2007 (still)

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Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz, Atlas / Fennesz, 2007 (still)

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Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz, Atlas / Fennesz, 2007 (still)

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Charles Atlas is a video artist and film director. He is a pioneer in developing media-dance, also called ‘dance for camera’, and while his primary artistic medium is video, he has experimented with live electronic performance since 2003. 

Christian Fennesz lives and works between Vienna, Austria and Paris, France and creates shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His densely layered compositions have an inherent naturalism, evocative of light, texture and atmosphere.


Background image: Charles Atlas and Christian Fennesz, Atlas / Fennesz, 2007 (still)