Artist Emil Schult, who provided the artwork for many of Kraftwerk’s famous album sleeves, is making a rare UK appearance this week as part of the Reading Fringe Festival. Sharing extracts from his new career retrospective book ‘Fluxus to Future: Works 1967 – 2017’, he will be in conversation on Friday (21 July) at Reading’s Waterstones and on Saturday (22 July) he’ll be presenting a special multimedia event at the South Street Arts Centre.
The appearances, which mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Reading and Schult’s hometown of Düsseldorf, will include some films of his of his art teacher Joseph Beuys, his reverse-glass paintings of electronic music pioneers such as Stockhausen, Robert Moog and John Cage, and a film of The Krypta, an experimental art event space at The Robert Schumann School of Music in Dusseldorf, which Schult intricately decorated between 1995-2000. He will also be performing a new musical work under the alias of Transhuman Art Critics.
“Music is produced in abundance these days of course,” says Schult, “but it has a cosmic dimension too. It’s closely aligned with the cosmos of waves, how gravitational waves can alter the relationship between time and space. And it’s these sort of issues I’ll be exploring in Reading.”