Marcel Zaes – Pulsations [solo]

Come, witness a solo performance by Swiss musician Marcel Zaes with digital sound, trash speakers and video, and the launch of Pro Helvetia New Delhi‘s programme for Season II of 2018 (July – December 2018).

Event Details


swissnex India
#26, Rest House Crescent Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001 India


June 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm


It's free!

Swiss artist Marcel Zaes, currently doing his residency at Pro Helvetia New Delhi, premiers his latest work, ‘Pulsations’, in Bangalore.

Pulsations is a performance with an experimental pulse generator and tiny “trash” speakers that serve as resonating bodies for the abstract pulsations that are generated entirely digitally. As is suggested by the title, Marcel Zaes, in his new work, deploys digital pulses and material resonance as his material.

About Pulsations

Pulsations [solo] is a conglomerate of several software tools that Zaes is developing in the scope of his doctoral research at Brown University, USA, where he is earning his PhD while specialising in advanced digital temporalities. These tools are assembled into a larger performative array—one could even say, an “instrument.” Each of the multiple speakers has its own voice, and each voice follows the same principles based on stuttering, swarming, and Gaussian deviation from a given pulse. The over- all outcome is an ever-pulsing swarm that is spatial and while deeply repetitive, will always slightly change and never quite sound the same.

The evening also marks the launch of Pro Helvetia New Delhi‘s programme for Season II of 2018 (July – December 2018).

About the artist –

Marcel Zaes, born in Berne, Switzerland, is an artist and performer-composer. He holds an M.A. in Music & Media Arts from Berne University of the Arts, an M.A. in Music Composition from Zurich University of the Arts and has additionally completed private composition studies with Alvin Curran in Rome and with Peter Ablinger in Berlin. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Music & Multimedia at Brown University. Marcel’s main artistic interest lies in articulating various concepts on the perception of space and time. For his work, Zaes has been awarded a number of grants and prizes, such as the Kiefer Hablitzel Prize, two UBS Composition Prizes, or a Fulbright Fellowship. He has played numerous concerts and taken part in group exhibitions internationally, most recently at ISEA Hong Kong, the Center for New Music San Francisco, and at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival.
Marcel Zaes