Weisser Westen is a Duesseldorf artists duo formed by Angela Fette and Phillip Schulze. In her work Fette refers to the idea of the artist in the spirit of the classical avant-garde -- embracing painting, costume design, poetry, and performance art. The media-artist and composer Schulze creates and programs electroacoustic sound and light sculptures.
In Weisser Westen Angela Fette chants absurd hymns and manifestos in an imperative, gestural way over the intermittent beats and chiseling electronica of Phillip Schulze. The group presents itself guised in masks and armor, with a look reminiscent of Constructivism or Dada.
Weisser Westen(Angela Fette & Phillip Schulze)
Born 1970 in Hamburg
1994 – 1996 Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
1996 – 1999 Staedelschule Frankfurt/Main
2000 – 2003 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
The Düsseldorf based painter, poet and performance artist Angela Fette is known for her
idiosyncratic combinations of readings and rituals in proto-avantgarde costumes, masks and hat
designs. Angela Fettes paintings, site-specific installations often in combination with performative
events have been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows.
Angela Fette studied art at HfG Offenbach, Städelschule Frankfurt and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
Analyzing the writings and performative gestures, the achievements and utopias, illusions and
misinterpretations of canonized avantgarde modernists from the Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus,
Russian constructivism to postwar American formalism she started to embrace these holistic
aesthetic Lebensentwürfe and their counter influence on societies. In this setting “art functions as a
parallel world with possible intersections with reality.“
In the last decade Angela Fette regulary performed her poetry, aphorisms and manifests in front of
her paintings and installations always covered by her trademark masks.
In 2010 she formed the electronic pop duo Weisser Westen with composer and sound artist
Phillipp Schulze featuring a harsh mix of her voice over granular and synthetic walls of sound and
irregular beats. Angela Fette is also well known for her “records and slides” DJ-sets where she
combines progressive, pop and avant music with found footage and images from her archive.
In September 2011 Cologne based record label Apparent Extent released Angela Fettes first Vinyl
LP “Vision Vulkano” of field recordings of recent actions at Kunstverein Schwerte with her artist
friend and longtime collaborator Christian Jendreiko.
Born 1979 in Düsseldorf
2000 – 2006 Diplom in Media Arts, University for Art & Design Karlsruhe (HfG)
2006 – 2008 Master of Arts, Wesleyan University, CT, USA
2008 – 2009 Research Associate, at IERC Nanyang University Singapore
2011 – 2012 Visiting Prof. Musikinformatik at the Institut Fuer Musik Und Medien, RSH Düsseldorf
Phillip Schulze (b. 1979, Germany) is working in the field of time-based art, currently living in
Schulze's work is oscillating between different artistic forms of expressions. On one hand, he
focuses on compositions for classical instruments, electroacoustic music via synthesizer's and self
constructed software instruments. On the other hand, he develops much of his work in a visual art
He develops sound, light, and video environments, installations, and extended concert situations
with an aim at finding intersection points between visual and auditory experience as well as
relations among participants, objects and site.
His work has been performed or installed in Germany, France, Austria, Poland, Switzerland,
Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Australia, Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the USA at
locations including the Düsseldorfer Kunstverein / Kunsthalle, Badischer Kunstverein, Art Institute
Chicago, EyeBeam NYC, Musterraum München, Kunst Museum Bonn, Kumho Museum of Art,
K21 Schmela Galerie, Ars Electronica, Moers Festival, Fluctuating Images, Diapason Gallery,
Japan Media Art Festival, Kunst Film Biennale Köln, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Bains Numeriques,
V2 Rotterdam, Electra and Viper Basel.
Phillip Schulze studied Media Art and Stage Design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design,
Germany with Anna Jermolaewa, Paul Modler, Siegfried Mauser, Michael Saup, and Penelope
Werli, followed by a Master of Art in Music Composition at Wesleyan University CT, USA with
Anthony Braxton, Ron Kuivila, and Alvin Lucier.
After living and working as a free artist in New York City in 2008, Schulze worked collaboratively
with Louis-Philippe Demers and Armin Purkrabek as a Media-Art Research Associate at the
Interaction and Entertainment Research Center of the School of Art, Design & Media, in Singapore.
Research topics included interactive fine arts, augmented and mixed reality, interactive
environments and interfaces – such as multi-touch tables, floors, and cylinders as well as
multichannel interactive sound installations. With several of these projects, Schulze tours
collaboratively around the globe, e.g. the Tiller Girls, a dance, light and sound performance with
thirty-two autonomous robots.
Since 2006 Schulze gives talks and workshops at different academic institutions, that is for
instance the University Alabama, the Wesleyan University and the Bauhaus University Weimar.
From 2009 to 2010 he curated the space Mintrop 20 in Düsseldorf, a site for new experimental
Media, Sound & Performance Art.
In 2010 Schulze received the Audi Art Award, as well as a Honory Mentioning in the field of Digital
Musics & Sound by the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
In 2011 the University of Music Düsseldorf appointed him as visiting professor of Music Informatics
at the Institute For Music And Media.