Season 2 · Episode 5
André Vida is a Berlin-based composer and saxophonist working in the field of free music, performance art and film. As a soloist he has collaborated with a diverse group of artists including Lee Ranaldo, Ricardo Villalobos, Rashad Becker, Tino Sehgal, and Elton John. The Brooklyn-born American-Hungarian musician is interested in the convergence between art, music and performance. Commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, he collaborated with Anri Sala for the exhibition "3-2-1“ in London where he spectacularly performed over 400 improvisational saxophone concerts over the course of 51 days in 2011. In his STRRR episode, André Vida doesn’t comment on the video clips he has chosen. He instead preferred to play improvised music on various instruments so we used subtitles to translate his thoughts about his clip selection into words — among them a newsreel featuring the most absurd sports accidents of the 80’s, a best-of collection of stand-up comedy performances by Steven Wright as well as some blistering Europe Kaput jokes by Yanis Varoufakis and Slavoj Slavoj Žižek.
Interview + 2nd camera: Max Dax, DOP + editing: Lucia Lux, animations: TOPE, introduction: Craig Holiday Haynes