Beauties of the Night

Founded in 2001

Biography

Band/Biographies

Beauties of the Night was founded in 2001 by Alexander Wolff, Christian Egger and Markus Krottendorfer with Manuel Gorkiewicz joining in 2003. All four of the artists were students at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Christian Egger

Born 1976 in Innsbruck; lives in Vienna


Degree at University of Applied Arts Vienna

Since 2002 Co-editor of Künstler*innenfanzines www.ztscrpt.net, a journal with a title that changes every issue depending on the typeface used.Published thus far: Chicago, Times, Plotter, Helvetica, DIN, Techno, Löhfelm, RR_02, Univers, Tiffany, Circuit, Memphis, Gringo, Zeus, The Mix, Princess Lulu, Pigiarniq, Paper, Libertine, Trixie, Déjà Vu, Auto, Rediviva, Acid, Wanda, Loraine, Hallo, Korpus, Spiegel, Zeitschrift, Fig, Museo
2013 - 2016 Kurator at the KM-Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
Band projects: BeAuTieS oF THe NiGhT, JOY RELIGION, KIMBERLY & CLARK, THE FIRST WORD +, guy the guy, Les Lapislazulis, The now unit, Satellite footprintshop.


Manuel Gorkiewicz

Born 1976 in Graz; lives in Vienna


1996–2001 Studies in social anthropology and philosophy at the University of Vienna

1998–2004 Studies of computer and video art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (under Peter Kogler)


Markus Krottendorfer

Born 1976 in Vienna; lives in Vienna


Studies in visual arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna under Eva Schlegel and Josphine Pryde


Alexander Wolff

Born 1976 in Osterburg, Germany, lives in Berlin


1996–2002 Städelschule Frankfurt am Main

1998 École nationale supérieure des beauxarts de Paris

2000–2002 University of Applied Arts Vienna, under Peter Kogler and Heimo Zobernig

Since 2002 Co-editor of Künstler*innenfanzines www.ztscrpt.net, a journal with a title that changes every issue depending on the typeface used. Published thus far: Chicago, Times, Plotter, Helvetica, DIN, Techno, Löhfelm, RR_02, Univers, Tiffany, Circuit, Memphis, Gringo, Zeus, The Mix, Princess Lulu, Pigiarniq, Paper, Libertine, Trixie, Déjà Vu, Auto, Rediviva, Acid, Wanda, Loraine, Hallo, Korpus, Spiegel, Zeitschrift, Fig, Museo



Visual Arts and Music

Visual Arts and Music

Christian Egger

The Austrian artist, musician and author, Christian Egger, uses primarily simple, everyday materials for his works which he arranges into pictures, sculptures and assemblages. Egger's primary concern is trying to bring together different talents and interests as a unit in the complexity while also subverting authorship in full knowledge of the hybrid relationships between his areas of activity. He has always used deconstructive methods that show the entanglements of production, recognition and economics in an understandable way. Even the careful selection of his exhibit titles, such as »This Is This! (C’mon!) Ich für Ichs (C’mon!) These Things Too! (C’mon, C’mon!, C’mon!!!)«, »A.R.E. U.S. ((( O ))) dich vs. DU!!!«, »ALL ABOUT Ausbruch AS EVER (WAS NOT) WAS« or »Graz, ich hab Dich was gefragt (Arbeiten/Works 2013-2016)«, refers to self-analytical moments in his exhibitions.


Manuel Gorkiewicz

In his conceptual, multi-media oeuvre Manuel Gorkiewicz reflects the intersections and interactions between the world of art, on one hand, and the consumer and everyday world, on the other. His sculptural, painted and spatial works look at the practice of product design and advertising, which adopt distinctive design ideas from art history, in particular from modernistic-functionalistic design, and use them for their own purposes. While the classic »ready-made« opens the art and museum space for everyday objects, it becomes apparent with Gorkiewicz that the osmotic penetrability between daily life and art runs in both directions. This is also related to the question of originality, creativity and authorship which becomes increasingly more difficult to answer but not, however, fundamentally obsolete.


Markus Krottendorfer

Markus Krottendorfer is a visual artist and photographer. Inspired by his father's profession as a cartographer, and influenced by his own early practice in a reproduction lab, he focuses on the question of »truthfulness« in photography. Based on his skilled craftsmanship, technical knowledge and extensive collection of photographs in different genres from the past 30 years, the artist addresses both the technical and aesthetic conditions of constructing photographic images as well as, above all, the ideological conditions. He chooses an approach that combines a critical-analytical look with the power and freedom of the artistic imagination to examine these issues. Thereby he frequently used mechanisms such as invention, deception, falsification and misdirection, which he critically examines in his photo series and exhibition installations. Architecture plays an important role in his works, as it is not only a preferred subject of photographic staging, but also always an expression of aesthetic and political programmatic.


Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff deals with appearances, possibilities and limits of painting as panel, mural, photograph, image in space or spatial image. His activities are not restricted by the limits of an image due to the size of a canvas nor to oil or acrylic paint. Textile, dirt, dust, various colored or printed fabric and light count among the materials he uses for creating his pictures. By combining various materials and differing formats, he plumbs the framework, edges, intermediary spaces and transitions of what painting can be. At the same time, he questions the conditions of production for this medium the same as the requirements for according the status of a picture to a work and also the concepts existing with respect to that.

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Music

Music

Beauties of the Night was founded in 2001 through the initiative of Alexander Wolff (guitar), who was active in the band Vanity at the time. Jointly with Markus Krottendorfer (bass), Christian Egger (drums) and Manuel Gorkiewicz (guitar), who stumbled in somewhat later, the group according to their own statement made »intensive und lärmige Umarmung des Publikums« (intense and noisy embrace of the audience) their programme. The emphatic celebration of the live moment is what counts, and this is usually undertaken without too much preparation, however, when it's time, it’s all the more emphatically vehement in its attack. Named after a film from René Clair in which a young composer fails at his musical dream (Les belles de nuit, 1952), the Beauties of the Night »function in the moment« with all of the consequences of this challenge – and with considerable abandon so that the noise-drunk sparks fly in no time. The drums/bass activity grinds mercilessly, sometimes very distorted, while the two guitarists build up meter-high walls of sound on the sides, only to promptly tear them down again. In the meantime, Christian Egger, as singer, gushes minimally conjuring tirades which have abysmally internalized the persistent penetration of post-punk and hardcore.

The »instant« noise rock of the band is not all together without tradition – as the musicians, with their emphasis on liveness and nowness, like to pretend. For instance, the »wall-of-noise« excesses, set up on a charmingly wobbly scaffold, are reminiscent in many ways of the endeavors from the 1980s – the time when the Beauties experienced their own musical initiation. However, that is not of such concern in the face of their contentious exercises, which always have something self-exorcising about them. What counts is the exalted, other-worldly moment – even when this once again tends in the direction of muffled metal, and then again back to free jazz, or, ultimately, even in the direction of Link Wray’s Rumble. All that (and more) unifies the Beauties in their uncompromising, dysfunctional awkwardness. The grumpy monster, they want to unleash with their sound, fundamentally dislikes any form of limitation.

Live & On Screen

Live & On Screen

Live & on Screen

Concert on June 28, 2018, mumok

Simultaneous live video transmission in mumok kino, camera: Cati Bolt

Beauties of The Night, 2012