Ars viva 07/08: for this edition of the prize the exhibitin features work by artists who work with sound; Florian Hecker, Nico Dockx, Astrid Nippoldt and Marcellvs L. Vladimir Tarasov presents 5 large-scale projections hone-in on the moment, in the video, when the sound strikes and observe the percussive impact that produces music. Listen is a new site-specific commission by Oslo based artists Ignas Krunglevicius and Snorre Hvamen.
ars viva 07/08 - Sound
Florian Hecker, Nico Dockx, Astrid Nippoldt and Marcellvs L.
Organisers: CAC and Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V.
The ars viva prize has been awarded by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the BDI since 1953 with a different theme each year. The exhibition for this edition of the prize features work by artists who work with sound – an increasingly important genre in the contemporary art field. The artists are Florian Hecker, Nico Dockx Astrid Nippoldt and Marcellvs L. Their works range from sound art to installation and video where sound plays a crucial role.
Hecker is “on the search for new sounds and unheard structures” with psychoacoustic and specifically placed Sound Pieces. Dockx also works with pure sonic structures, often using found sound material to sample and collage together performative sound installations to fill rooms. In the videos by Nippoldt and Marcellvs L, the sound plays with the physical presence of the images. Nippoldt’s use of sound with the broken narrative of film sequences stating “Tracks can be changed through sound”.
The ars viva prize is awarded by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Previous prize winners include Gerhard Merz, Rosemarie Trockel, Olaf Metzel, Albert Oehle Amelie von Wulffen ad Wofgang Tillmans, and themes have ranged from ‘time’ or ‘identity’. Ars viva 07/08 – Sound is touring, having shown in Museum Morsboich in Leverkusen and Kunstverein Hannover.
This exhibition is supported by ifa and Siemens AG.
Friday 6 June Vernissage Schedule
Press Preview, CAC Upper Foyer: 17:00
Exhibition Openings: 18:00
Performance/record release, CAC Upper Courtyard: 19:00
Building Transmissions vs Jean Martens
And concert: White Circle Crime Club
Viva Ars Viva! Party, Teachers’ Union Building “Vasaros terasa”, Vilnius str.: 22:00
(With Florian Hecker, Kris Delacourt, Jochem vanden Ecker Deejaying)
Vladimir Tarasov became famous as a free jazz musician playing percussion in the Ganelin, Tarasov and Chekasin trio. He is also acclaimed internationally as a solo musician. The spatiality, materiality and visuality of his music (along with his fellowship with Moscow underground artists like Ilya Kabakov) paved his way to the contemporary art scene. Since the 1990s has been Tarasov creating installations dominated by sound. Lithuanian audiences are likely to remember his installation Water music from 1994 that has definitely became a part of Lithuanian contemporary art history.
Inside Out is being exhibited in Lithuania for the first time. Five large-scale projections hone-in on the moment, in the video, when the sound strikes and observe the percussive impact that produces music. Tarasov was inspired to make the work following a trip to India when “[he] had opportunity to observe as rugs are woven. As I watched, the most beautiful drawings emerged. I stood behind the weaver, whose hand and foot movements reminded me of a drummer, creating an ornament from sounds; a drummer, who’s every hand and foot plays a different instrument, yet each part is connected by invisible strands. It is no longer clear whether the instrument coalesces with the body, or whether the body dissolves into the sound and becomes an instrument that collects sounds to be woven into an ornament. In this installation, we expressly see the energy of the sound at the moment of contact, that ‘inside out.’ Hence, the title."
Tarasov’s installation provides the viewer a unique possibility not only to hear the music but also see it from the inside, track the emergence of the sound, and recognise its physical and spatial dimensionality.
Ignas Krunglevicius and Snorre Hvamen
Listen is a new site-specific commission by Oslo based artists Ignas Krunglevičius (LT) and Snorre Hvamen (NO).
The title of the project is inspired by the characteristic use of the phrase “listen” by legendary BBC television producer and naturalist Sir David Attenborough who has been creating documentaries on nature for over 50 years. Listen is not an imperative but rather an enthusiastic call and encouragement to develop and maintain an individual perspective on the environment in all its myriad guises.
Listen consists of several site-specific audio installations. On the first floor of the CAC visitors will discover a number of audio “obstructions" where the physiological impact of the sound is as important as its ideological connotations. The sounds – specifically recorded and broadcast for their location – can be used by the listener to physically re-orient themselves in the space and test their senses against the new contextual and environmental situation.
Another part of the audio project Listen is an audio version of Bloga Knyga – a book by a young Lithuanian philosopher (read by Airida Gintautaitė). This year, 2008, is officially a “year of the book” in Lithuania so the artists have installed a soviet era-style park-bench as an audio-lounge, on which to sit and listen to the talking book, next to the entrance of the CAC.
More information about the work of Ignas Krunglevičius – and his collaboration with Hvamen – is available in the latest spring/summer edition of CAC Interviu magazine that is a special focus issue on art/music/sound.
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