rediscovering slowness


A note sounds – gentle as a breath of evening wind stirring the wayside grasses. A second note follows, then a third and a fourth – light and sparkling like the call of seagulls as they soar above the sea. A melody takes shape – fresh and new like the face of a newborn baby, yet at the same time wise and seasoned like the furrowed countenance of an elderly farmer. The music of pianist Wolfgang Torkler encapsulates all of these images within it and they have been made visible by photographer Matthias Schumann in what the two call ‘jazz for the eyes’ – this dialogue between acoustic and visual worlds which reveals a new, third dimension.

The project came about as a result of the artists’ shared passion for slow-motion encounters between tone and image. At the heart of this conversation without words is the concept of slowing down.

The piano improvisations are based on Wolfgang Torkler’s own compositions. Matthias Schumann takes this musical atmosphere and allows it to flow into his image compositions. A dynamic series of photographs is projected on to a screen and, in turn, provides further inspiration for the music. Thus acoustic and visual landscapes are engendered which interact with and influence each other and the listener, creating an interplay between them.

Photographic space becomes sound, sounds are transformed into visual landscapes. The intention of deliberately slowing down the flow of tones and images is to deepen audiovisual perception – a journey into a world of associations nurtured by musical and visual shades and overtones.