Aalborg: The Working City was an audiovisual site specific concert reflecting on the industrial past and current transition of the Danish city, performed outdoors 2. September 2021. Being a former industrial workers city, Aalborg has to find its way so it still can function and stay attractive.
With transition comes change and not without effects on its citizens and the face of Aalborg. One doesn’t have to look into the writings of Richard Florida to know about the dangers of these processes such as gentrification but he also formulates what makes a city tick.
Malte Steiner works with these urgent topics of urban development in his artistic practice, the latest realisation is the art project The Big Crash he started in 2019. For the event Aalborg: The Working City he creates a show with his electronic music project Notstandskomitee, founded in 1991. The departure point of this piece is the past of Aalborg, illustrated with Industrial sounds and realtime generated visuals with a custom software and historical pictures from a private archive, slowly transforming into modern Click’N’Cuts and IDM sounds. It is performed with a combination of prepared material, live modular synthesizer and metal percussion, not only illustrating the history of the city but also the development of Notstandskomitee itself, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Organised by Brolandingerne and supported by Aalborg Kommune and Vigenstarteraalborgsammen The all new tracks are going to be included in the next two Notstandskomitee albums for release, the start makes the upcoming CD album scheduled for January 2022.