Being Glenn Gould
Overall conception and coordination of projects concerning Glenn Gould’s creative media achievements: film festival in Berlin, radio feature to mark Gould’s 75th birthday, and an edition for Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin Concept development and organisation of a film festival, a CD/DVD edition and a radio feature broadcast on German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk, 2007 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould (1932 -1982) was one of the most flamboyant artistic personalities of the 20th century. First and foremost, he is known as a brilliant and always idiosyncratic pianist, but his work also included extensive writing on musical history and theory, compositions and – little known in this country – works for radio and television. Stefan Iglhaut realised several projects in this context, which present Glenn Gould as a pioneer of media art.
The festival Being Glenn Gould was realised in conjunction with the cinema Babylon berlin:mitte and funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. It showed numerous films and contributions to television by, with and about Glenn Gould, particularly those from his decades of cooperation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto, to which the office is indebted for a considerable part of the programme, including contributions that had never been seen or heard in Europe before. The film week was opened by the Canadian musician Gonzales, who performed A Concert on Glenn Gould’s Chair. The following day, Gould’s famous Goldberg-Variations from 1955 were awakened to new life on a computer-operated Yamaha grand piano in a live performance by Zenph Studios, USA. Two parts of Gould’s Solitude-Trilogy were presented as a radio performance and actor Andreas Leupold read from texts by Glenn Gould.
An hour-long feature about Gould’s experimental radio form, contrapuntal radio, was broadcast on 21st September 2007 in the radio programme of Bayerische Rundfunk (BR 2, produced in collaboration with Marion Kroner). In the context of the exhibition True North, an edition – managed by Stefan Iglhaut – of Gould’s radio piece The Idea of North from the Solitude Trilogy was produced together with film documentation as the Edition No. 42 of Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.