In 2020, Düsseldorf-born musician, producer, remixer and mastering engineer Stefan Betke looks back on his 22-year career in abstract electronic club music. In particular, the seven albums that he has released during this period under the name Pole have changed the coordinates of electronics.
Beginning with their 1998 dark blue debut album “1”, Pole laid a foundation of bass, dub, and a faulty Pole filter as a starting point for exploring and implementing new sonic architectures. Until the turn of the millennium, these expeditions became a trilogy of albums titled “1”, “2” and “3”, which appear in the colors blue, red and yellow. All three albums are now considered electronic music milestones and celebrate their 20-year existence in 2020.
He comes to MIRA 2021 to present his new work “Fading” with visual artist Rainer Kohlberger in a show curated by MIRA.
Rainer Kohlberger is an Austrian-born independent visual artist and filmmaker living in Berlin. His work is primarily based on algorithmic compositions with a reductionist aesthetic influenced by flatness, drones, and interference. In his works there is always a layer of noise, which fascinates him as a sense of infinity, which is both the definitive and inveterately diffuse abstraction. The highest forms of intensity come into play in his films, installations and live performances. His work has won several international awards.