seventeen-channel installation: consisting of seven dual-channel installation and one three-channel installation
installation view, 2011, kaufmann repetto, Milan
The artists of the exhibition “Polyphon”, which will take place in the twin cities of Gera and Saint-Denis, dealt with the diversity of voices and the effect of plural sounds. The museums of the two cities are jointly developing and presenting an exhibition that is both artistically and musically dedicated to polyphony and also reflects on the socio-political dimension of polyphony. The installations, performances, drawings and videos deal in different ways with the clash of multiple voices and sounds that sometimes approach, sometimes diverge.
The exhibition shows pioneering works from the 1970s and 1980s by the sound art pioneer Max Neuhaus and the poet and graphic artist Carlfriedrich Claus alongside contemporary positions by Jorinde Voigt, Candice Breitz and Christian Marclay. Recent works by, among others, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Christina Kubisch, Rie Nakajima and Natascha Sadr Haghighian will also be on view. At the start of the exhibition in Gera, a public conference at the Leipzig University of Graphics and Book Art will discuss polyphony as a model of thought and an artistic means. The German Forum for Art History in Paris is accompanying the entire project conceptually and theoretically with a series of seminars. A comprehensive publication will document both the exhibition and the accompanying program.
Artistic direction: Anne Zeitz in collaboration with Claudia Tittel
Curator: Anne Zeitz
Artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Félicia Atkinson, Oliver Beer, Candice Breitz, Carlfriedrich Claus, Kazumichi Fujiwara, institute for incongruous translation (Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand), Rolf Julius , Christina Kubisch, Christian Marclay, Vincent Meessen, Francisco Meirino, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Rie Nakajima, Max Neuhaus, Olaf Nicolai, Ute Pleuger, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Matthieu Saladin, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Lerato Shadi, Dennis Tyfus, Jorinde Voigt, Euridice Zaituna Kala
Cooperation partners: Mathilde Arnoux (DFK Paris), Séverine Cauchy (Université Rennes 2), Dieter Daniels (HGB Leipzig), Jan Thoben (UdK Berlin), Matthieu Saladin (Université Paris 8), Anne Yanover (Musee d’art et d’histoire Paul Eluard, Saint-Denis-
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