Catherine Christer Hennix

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Fragments from LINCOS (For Intergalactic Communications), 1969/2018.

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Brackets, 1976/2018.

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Toposes, 1974/2018.

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Nur ( For Marian Zazeela), 2005, animation.
Sonoilluminecences, 2018, sound and light.

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The Least Measurable Cardinal, 1973/2018.

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Two Topologies, 1976/2018.

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Traversée du Fantasme, 2018

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Encore & Encore, 2018

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Fragments From A Writing Of The Unconscious, 1994-1995.

Image courtesy of the artist and  Galerie Max Mayer.

Algebra w/ Domains, 1973-1991.

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Algebra w/ Domains, 1973-1991.

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Catherine Christer Hennix (b. 1948) started her creative career playing drums with her older brother Peter growing up in Sweden. In the mid-1960s she saw jazz luminaries such as John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Archie Shepp, and Cecil Taylor perform at the Golden Circle, Stockholm. Directly after high school, Hennix went to work at Stockholm’s pioneering Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), where she helped develop early synthesizer and tape music.

After traveling to New York In 1968, she met Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles and developed a fruitful relationship with many composers in the burgeoning American avant-garde, including, most significantly, Henry Flynt and La Monte Young. Young introduced Hennix to Hindustani raga master Pandit Pran Nath, and she would later study intensively under him. During this time Hennix led the just-intonation live-electronic ensemble The Deontic Miracle, drawing inspiration from Japanese Gagaku music and the early vocal music of late-Middle Age composers Perotinus and Leoninus.

In 1976 the ensemble would perform Hennix’s original compositions as part of Brouwer’s Lattice at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, which was followed later that year at the same institution by Hennix’s first ever exhibition, Topos and Adjoints. While Hennix continued to make music performing alongside Henry Flynt, Marc Johnson, Arthur Russell, and Arthur Rhames, she also served as a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at SUNY New Paltz and as a visiting Professor of Logic (at Marvin Minsky’s invitation) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

She currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where she is active as a composer and writer. A two-volume collection of her writing is to be published by Blank Forms Editions, as well as a series of archival recorded releases forthcoming through a co-production between Empty Editions and Blank Forms Editions.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
“Okey Dokey II : Catherline Christer Hennix”, Galerie Max Mayer, Germany
“Thresholds Of Perception”, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
“Traversée du Fantasme”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
“Kalam-i-Nur”, Berlin
2011
WHISTLE, MINOTAURE! 08 7 HOMOTOPIES (HOW ONE BECOMES THE OTHER), Grim Museum, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
“Soliton(e) Star / Zero-Time”, Bologna, Italy.
“HYPER! A Journey into art and Muvsic”, Deichtorhallen, Germany
“Discoteca Analitica”, Fri Art, Switzerland

Selected Performance

2018
Sonic Act 2018, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2017
Three Monochromatisms (Composition For Computer), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Italy
MaerzMusik- Festival for Time Issues 2017, Berlin
2013
PAN_ACT
2012
CTM 12- Spectral Festival for Adventurous Music in Berlin
Sonic Act 2012, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Discography

2018
“Selected early keyboard works” (Blank Forms Editions)
“Live at Krems” (Important Records)
2016
“Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - Live At Issue Project Room” (Important Records)
“The Deontic Miracle - Central Palace Music (From 100 Model Subjects For Hegikan Roku)” (Important Records)
2012
“Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage - Live At The Grimm Museum Volume One” (Important Records)
2010
“The Electric Harpsichord” (Die Schachtel)
2008
“Dharma/Warriors” [with Flynt] (Locust Music)
2006
“Still Life, Q” (Fylkingen Records)
1969
“Still Life, Q” (Sveriges Radio)