» Friederike Jäger likes collages a lot. Not only visually but also in her musical compositions. When you think you know what it is it probably isn't. Her sci-fi experimental electronica lives just right around the corner of heavy beats and mingles with wild and bizarre animals. It's like dancing at a really weird party...« (Sad Mermaid, 2018)

» Composition and decomposition are two of Jäger’s current methods, not only in her graphic work that mostly contains painting/ drawing, but also in her audio-pieces. Similar to her visual processing of situations through her sketches, she collects fragments of sound and establishes her own achive of sound. She reworks and manipulates sounds digitally and live and composes tracks and pieces out of them. With these arrangements she creates sound performances and live-soundtracks.« (Puschendorf, 2014)

» Let’s talk concretely about your artistic practice. It involves radical gestures such as cutting into pieces certain works, which you then put together as new collages or installations. This way a certain cycle is created, where the past always feeds into the present. Is this process based on a principle of sustainability, or rather on the need to discard ballast in such a way that the “old” is transformed into the “new”? «

» Exactly: Variations are interesting, both if it’s a sample transformed beyond recognition, or a new, fresh element. A music fragment originates, or decorated wallpaper made up of several irreproducible drawings, and I furnish them with effects. Combining opposites is a basic means to create an exciting visual, acoustic, or praxisoriented composition. Pure is also an option: pure drawing, pure paintings, pure sounds. What is important is movement and variation. One can stretch, replace, or paint everything – I call that correction. However, whenever an element works, I hope it stays like that.
A cycle in the medium is necessary. You can burn paper, or delete music from your hard disk. Elimination methods belong as well in a meaningful process, but one should be careful, otherwise everything would be lost. Composition across time is also important. That which was good should remain good.« (Jäger, Gralki, Interview, 2016/2017)


Friederike Jäger