due Feb 2019
Thomas Havlik, born 1978, in Scheibbs, Lower Austria, currently living and working in Vienna on different boarders of experimental forms of writing as well as of Sound- Performance- and Visualpoetry. Many publications in literature- and art-magazines, on CD, on radio and on stage. At least „Syllablesshooter“, Soundpoetry-CD and Textdrawings 2016. Co-editor of the Vienna based online sound/poetry magazine Huellkurven, which is dedicated to sound poetry, poésie sonore, lautpoesie, noise poetry, sound-text composition, audiditve poesie etc. For much more information, take a look at the website of Thomas HERE
With a conceptual approach Thomas Havlik wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. By investigating language on a meta-level, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work. His art focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language.
On stage he´s combining voice live-processings with prepared micropieces of letters, alphabetic strings, phonems and text snippets letting the sounds together with his recitation and movement in the room create an expressive field of expanded interpretation, awakening languages of the subconciousness – and transforming them.
textdrawings, Notation-focused performance: fru
Lyrics, sound poetry, drawing, performance and improvisational process: in the performance fru, Havlik's impulsive recitation of auditive texts enters into an association agreement with live-treats of one's own voice, which is constantly interrelated with prepared, electroacoustically edited language material and discharges in performative corporeality - which culminates in manifestation-like, pre-linguistic scriptures: Hiroglyphs as notation and movement; gestures, signs, faces that appear out of nowhere, pencil lines as a mental and physical imprint and illuminated counterpart.