artists & participants
In the last ten to twenty years, hardly any other art form has had a greater influence on contemporary art than music, and today, many artists are working at the crossroads between music and the visual arts. Which strategies characterise these works? Which effects do they attempt to evoke? And how do they relate to the extensive legacy of aural and visual experiments of the 20th century avant-garde? The exhibition resulting from these investigations includes more than 80 artworks ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture and installations, to photography, video and pure sound and focuses, with a few exceptions, on recent production. The musical input ranges from classical to rock, pop and independent but most of all the exhibition underlines how music and visual arts can be melted into a unique artistic vocabulary. Thus being a lively approach to the classical theme of a paragon of the arts, the emblematic example being the title-giving painting, I Wish This Was A Song by British artist Tim Ayres.
Music is an important element in popular culture. It plays a role for the identity of people and social relationships. Like visual art it is culturally rooted, but it is also universal and independent of other language codes. Music and lyrics of songs can be poetry, manifestoes, political discourses; they can be gentle courting messages or declarations of conflict, entertaining or thought-provoking. Like an art work which makes you dwell in colours or dance around its forms, a piece of music can break all rational resistance and take you on a journey of sensual sensations. Like an art installation, an experimental music piece can build up an imaginary space with an almost architectonic quality or fill it up with sculptural presence. It is therefore no surprise that music has been appropriated by artists as part of their creative and expressive strategies, by playing with its qualities and valences as a raw material. Whilst parts of the exhibition will actually set the visitors into motion, others will halt them in contemplation. Mute instruments are turned into sculptures and installations invite us to imagine music with our eyes. Exploring the different artistic strategies that are employed to capture music in visual arts, the exhibition is organized in seven chapters: Looking to the classics, Move it! Performative Sculpture, Sing Along, Sounds of Silence, Synesthesia and an extensive Live program throughout the course of the exhibition
I Wish This Was A Song
Music in Contemporary Art
Künstler: Nevin Aladag, Dave Allen, Apparatjik , Audiokolor , Fikret Atay, Tim Ayres, Johanna Billing, Arild Boman, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Christoph Brech, Catti Brandelius, Laura Bruce, Clegg & Guttmann, Sophie Clements, Phil Collins, Graham Dolphin, William Engelen, Fadlabi, Gilbert & George, Goodiepal, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Her Noise Archive, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Idris Khan, KILLL , Ragnar Kjartansson, Stian Eide Kluge, Erkki Kurenniemi, Jan Köchermann, Joao Ferro Martins, Simon Dybbroe Moller, Bruce Nauman, Terje Nicolaisen, Camille Norment, Susan Philipsz, Adrian Piper, Santiago Reyes, Michael Sailstorfer, Tom Sandberg, Wilhelm Sasnal, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Tori Wranes, David Zink Yi