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NITSCH, HERMANN - Orgien Mysterien Theater - 25. Aktion

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Cien Fuegos CFX006
Release Year: 2016
Note: in 1982 the "Orgien Mysterien Theater - 25.Aktion" ritual was re-performed in Vienna (the premiere happened 1968 in New York, after an invitation by JONAS MEKAS); these recordings appeared first on a tape release by MARTIN SIEWERT in 1982, and are now (re-mastered) for the first time properly available; HERMANN NITSCH is one of the founders of the "Wiener Aktionismus" (Viennese Actionism) along with GNTER BRUS, OTTO MUEHL, and RUDOLF SCHWARKOGLER
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Hermann Nitsch Orgien Mysterien Theater 25. Aktion
Re-Performance of the 25. Action , march 1982 in the gallery Pakesch, Vienna (Premiere was in New York 1968).
The music was released on a small gallery tape edition in 1982 remastering for vinyl by Martin Siewert 2016
Hermann Nitsch, Austria, painter, performance-artist and composer, was a crucial founding artist of Viennese Actionism. Exhibitions and Performances all over the world since the 60s.
The idea of the very sensual and archaic Orgien Mysterien Theater was developed in the late 50s and is performed in variations untill today.
Nitsch works out all settings of the rituals, the feast in great detail, precisely composes days of art, performance, food, wine and music to celebrate the existence of mankind


"Perhaps the most well-known of Vienna's Aktionists, Hermann Nitsch has produced massive participatory performance art projects, almost all of which involve an excess of pig-blood being splattered amongst the rituals involving food, sex, wine, religious iconography and other primal forces of life. As gruesome as the images can appear of an animal being disemboweled above a bound participant (often a nude woman), Nitsch has always gleefully implored these as celebratory works. So much chaos, discord and violence (implied or otherwise) lends to considerable cognitive dissonance in his work. The same goes for musical compositions that would accompany his performances. Nitsch is well versed in the holy minimalists and Fluxus based strategies of sound production. Not surprisingly, he turns these forms of sustained atonality into grotesquely malformed constructs. 25.Aktion is emblematic of the softer Nitsch's compositional style. First produced back in 1968, this recording is a documentation of a reprised performance of this particular piece re-staged in 1982. He does employ the battery of trumpeters blaring away for as long as possible, but the dense swells of chaotic tumbling rhythms and crashing noise are replaced by the languid drones from a harmonium. Since the late '60s, Nistch reclaimed the wedding gift of a harmonium to his wife producing what at one time was thought to be a 40 volume set of hour-long recordings. Here on 25.Aktion, the sensual harmonic chorales from his sustained harmonium are featured quite prominently in his composition." [Stranded]