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 the ztscrpt artist fanzine (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: Curator 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 social anthropology and philosophy at the University of Vienna

1998–2004: Studies 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 Josephine Pryde


Alexander Wolff

Born 1976 in Osterburg, Germany; lives in Berlin


1996–2002: Städelschule Frankfurt am Main

1998: École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris

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

Since 2002: Co-editor of the ztscrpt artist fanzine (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

Austrian artist, musician, and author Christian Egger typically uses simple, everyday materials for his works, which he arranges into pictures, sculptures, and assemblages. Fully cognizant of the hybrid relationships between his various areas of activity, his primary concern is bringing together different talents and interests as a unit within the complexity of his work, while also subverting authorship. 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 / Graz, I have asked you something (Arbeiten/Works 2013–2016) — refers to self-analytical moments in his exhibitions.


Manuel Gorkiewicz

In his conceptual, multimedia oeuvre Manuel Gorkiewicz reflects on the intersections and interactions between the world of art, on the 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 modernist functionalist design, and use them for their own purposes. While the classic »readymade« 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 career 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 thirty years, the artist addresses both the technical and aesthetic conditions of constructing photographic images—and, 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. Here, he frequently uses 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 invariably an expression of aesthetic and political programmatics as well.


Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff deals with the manifestations, possibilities, and limits of paintingas panel, mural, photograph, image in space, or spatial image. His activities are not constrained by any limits imposed by canvas sizes nor are they restricted to oil or acrylic paint. Textile, dirt, dust, various colored or printed fabrics, and light are among the materials he uses for creating his pictures. By combining various materials and different 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 as well as the requirements for according the status of »picture« to a work and the concepts that govern 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. Together with Markus Krottendorfer (bass), Christian Egger (drums), and Manuel Gorkiewicz (guitar), who stumbled in somewhat later, the group, by their own account, made the »intense and noisy embrace of the audience« their program. The emphatic celebration of the live moment is what counts—and this is usually undertaken without too much preparation—but when the time comes, it’s all the more 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), Beauties of the Night »function in the moment« with all of the consequences of this challenge—and with considerable abandon so that, drenched in noise, the 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 altogether 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 of 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, 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