Andrzej Steinbach

*1983 in Czarnkow (PL)

Funke – Ultrablack of Music: Feindliche Übernahme

talkshow, (language: german) 05:20 Min.
list, 4:12 Min.
A springboard to your future, 18:00 Min.
Andrzej Steinbach, Funke - Ultrablack of Music: Feindliche Übernahme, 2015, Vinyl, silk screen sleeve, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, © Andrzej Steinbach, photo: Simon Vogel

Today, music produces social relationships that no longer require any proprietorship. However, it still cannot operate independently of the system without itself being part of a powerful logic of commercialism. This inextricable social conflict is the bassline for a mix that is presented by Andrzej Steinbach in Ultrablack of Music: Feindliche Übernahme. He assembles three different texts: a TV talk show as chamber play, a list of the names of all Red Army Faction members in the form of a score, and the computer code of a chopped-up McKinsey advertisement that showcases the individual’s potential for creativity as a capital investment. In 1971, the WDR broadcasted the program “Ende offen: Pop und Co – die andere Musik zwischen Protest und Kommerz!”, during which Nikel Pallat, a member of the band Ton Steine Scherben, produced an axe from under his jacket and repeatedly smashed it down on the table with all his might. The table did not break but the gesture was unambiguous. 

Talk show

On December 3, 1971, Nikel Pallat, a member of the band Ton Steine Scherben, smashed the studio table with an axe during the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) talk show “Ende offen” with the topic “Pop & Co – the other music between protest and commerce!”.


The presenter reads out the names of all the Red Army Faction members she has never heard before.

A springboard to your future

The audio track of a McKinsey & Company advertisement is cut up using a software program and then reassembled at random.

Radek Krolczyk, Galerie K’