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'Excuse me' by - delta t, 1984 | Transforming Freedom

'Excuse me' by - delta t, 1984

- delta t (Minus Delta t) has been - and still, in variants, is - a group of artists who created seminal works in performance and media art since 1978. Early members included Bernhard Müller, Mike Hentz and Karel Dudesek as well as Chrislo Haas or Gerard Couty. Aiming to initiate a processual and participatory form of art, many of them would re-join their expertise to develop emancipatory structures and novel modes of using new media technology for art experiments. The Iron Curtain had just fallen when in 1992, the “Piazza Virtuale” project connected 17 studios on three continents over satellite from its headquarter, hosted in containers in central Germany.

de: Die Gruppe verfolgte einen prozeßhaften und partizipatorischen Kunstbegriff, der zunehmend den emanzipatorischen Gebrauch der Medien umfasste. Ihr wichtigstes Projekt war Anfang der achtziger Jahre das »Bangkok Projekt« – es wurde ein Felsblock auf dem Landweg bis nach Bangkok transportiert, um Ereignisse im öffentlichen Raum auszulösen. Ab Mitte der achtziger Jahre begann Minus Delta t, sich umzuorientieren, die Medien wurden immer mehr als der zentrale Ansatzpunkt für eine Kunst, die einen gesellschaftsverändernden Anspruch hat, erkannt; Nutzung eines Busses ab 1985 als mobiles Medienlabor; die Gruppe nannte sich dann »Ponton« als Label für übergreifende Aktivitäten.” Mitglieder der ursprünglichen Gruppe sind später unter den Pionieren von Interaktionskunst in alten Medien mittels neuer Mit-Schaltungen des Diskurses unter Sendeformaten wie “Eye of Moby Dick” oder XYZ.

This sound piece is taken from their album “The Bangkok Project”, published at the Ata Tak label, Germany 1984. 

Excuse me!” - First released on the LP record The Bangkok Project, Ata Tak, Germany 1984.

  • Date of recording: Sun, 1984-01-01
  • Language(s) spoken:

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Excuse Me

Pardon me
I’m sorry
I’m very sorry
I’m awfully sorry
I’m terribly sorry
That´s alright
That´s quite alright

Five

Excuse me
Which is the way to Washington
Pardon me
Excuse me
I beg your pardon
I´m sorry

Seven

I’m sorry
I’m sorry I’m late
I’m sorry I kept you waiting
I’m sorry I can´t help you
I’m sorry I inconvenienced you

I’m sorry to have kept you waiting
I’m sorry to have troubled you
I’m sorry to delay you
I’m sorry to be late
I’m sorry that my explanations weren’t very clear

Eight

To apologize is an apology
I apologize
I must apologize
I must apologize to you
I must apologize for what I said
I must apologize for what I did
I must apologize for my rudeness
I must apologize for my thoughtless remark
I must apologize for breaking my promise
I must apologize for forgetting your book

Nine

That´s alright
That´s quite alright

Ten

It was my carelessness
It was my fault

First released on the LP record The Bangkok Project, Ata Tak, Germany 1984