At the intersection of performance, music, and philosophy, Berlin-based Austrian artist Franziska Aigner, known by her solo project name FRANKIE, is making waves with her sophomore EP, “HEAVEN/HELL.”
SOUND OF THE WEEK PT. 70: FRANKIE RELEASES NEW EP “HEAVEN/HELL”
This remarkable release, brought to life through the UK label Shadow World, is a testament to Aigner’s diverse background and multi-dimensional creativity. Aigner’s journey as an artist has been nothing short of extraordinary. She has studied at the prestigious Brussels choreography and dance school P.A.R.T.S., collaborating and performing alongside Anne Imhof in critically acclaimed productions like “Angst” and “Faust,” which received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Her own works have graced the stages of renowned venues such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Die Liste in Basel, Theatre de la Bastille in Paris, The Place in London, brut in Vienna, and HAU in Berlin, among many others. The visual aspect of Aigner’s art is not to be overlooked either. Collaborating with photographer Nadine Fraczkowski for the EP’s cover art and filmmaker Austin Lynch for the “CLOUDS” music video, these visual elements encapsulate and enhance the aesthetics that Aigner holds dear. In every facet of her artistry, Franziska Aigner, as FRANKIE, continues to push boundaries and explore the intersections of performance, music, and philosophy, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art and music.
“Heaven/Hell,” Aigner’s latest musical venture, is an odyssey that reflects her artistic evolution and creative journey. Composed and produced during two art residencies in Paliano, Italy, and later in Bergen, Oslo, awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the EP boasts a unique sound that seamlessly blends classical influences with contemporary elements. FRANKIE’s upcoming endeavors are equally exciting, with a residency at Cashmere Radio in Berlin throughout November and December, culminating in an album live concert set to be broadcast on December 8th. In addition, she will be supporting William Basinski at the Broadway Theatre in London in November.
Image courtesy NADINE FRACZKOWSKI