tagged: sound art

Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric

by Janet Oh
For at The Kitchen this past October, Sergei Tcherepnin created an amalgam of dance performance, musical composition, and theatre. In this project drawing partly from Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Feu d’Artifice and incorporating paintings by Lucy Dodd and Kerstin Brätsch, the audience witnessed a host of characters—including wolves, jellyfish, and basketball players—whimsically navigate a landscape of light and sound. At the sonic height of the work, small metal sheets attached to... [more]
Posted by Janet Oh on 11/19/15

With New Paintings Adel Abidin Questions the Perception of Arabic-Speaking Media

by Danna Lorch
Iraqi-Finnish artist Adel Abidin returns to his painterly roots for the first time in six years with , a solo exhibition running at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai. The show, which challenges society’s perceptions of Arabic-speaking media, gives visitors the feeling of watching live news on television, with some irony added in. The outstretched hand of a cleric appears from behind a microphone-strewn podium, while his body is obscured in black. The artist seems to suggest that figures of authority are... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 11/3/15

Can an Art Fair Actually Transform a City? In Paris, Yes

by James Loks
It’s kind of an obvious thing to say that Paris is different from London and New York, and no doubt many other cities that I haven’t had the opportunity to visit or live in, but still it is. Specifically this is in the sense that it isn’t—no matter what any Parisien will tell you—a huge, teaming, hyper-megapolis. It’s actually a small and crowded city of only two million inhabitants (yes, in cultural terms the is only beginning to maybe exist [see “big galleries”]). This has many... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/20/15

A Flâneur’s Guide to FIAC’s Hors Les Murs

by Lara Atallah
  With its annual Hors Les Murs programming, FIAC is once more transforming Paris into a  with art spread citywide, well beyond the glass domes of the Grand Palais. Here you’ll find a suggested promenade replete with the best artful stops outside the fair’s walls. Follow my itinerary, or in the true spirit of Baudelaire’s flâneur, go ahead and wander, get lost, and see what you find—you’re sure to stumble upon some art!   Dan Graham, Passage Intime, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Marian... [more]
Posted by Lara Atallah on 10/21/15

What Should the Accelerationist Fantasy Look Like?

by Josie Thaddeus-Johns
A crowd of chic young things stands on the balcony of a 13th century palace in the heart of Bologna, mingling as if their lives depended on it. On three sides, the sounds of different stages of electronic music are wafting into the night, while projected beams light up the masonry, young technology showing off the old building in a chiaroscuro of centuries. The 8th edition of Bologna’s music and art festival, Robot08, took place from October 7 to 10, 2015. Focused on sounds from the electronic... [more]
Posted by Josie Thaddeus-Johns on 10/19/15

Trying Out Utopia: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House

by Art Vidrine
Something tells me you’ll want to sit for this. You may even want to lie down, as your brain pulsates and heartbeat shifts. Your thoughts are sucked into a vortex of sound; your sense of self absorbed into vibrating air molecules. The more you focus on perception, the more unmoored your mind becomes. And that’s just the first ten minutes. La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s intends to reorient you: mind, body, and spirit. Currently at Dia:Chelsea, this sonic and visual immersion is less dream... [more]
Posted by Art Vidrine on 10/13/15

America Is Hard to See, But Could Performance Offer the Clearest Lens?

by Joe Bucciero
For five days New York-based saxophonist and multimedia artist Matana Roberts took over the Whitney’s third-floor theater for the latest installment of , her “extended research residency”-cum-performance, situated as a response to the Whitney’s inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See. “America is hard to see” compels us to look, to try to understand the complexities of America’s visual history; “I call America,” meanwhile, establishes an agent, compelling us to act. Understanding requires... [more]
Posted by Joe Bucciero on 8/13/15

Sonic Acts: This Is What the Anthropocene Sounds Like

by Andrea Alessi
As Caroline Picard pointed out earlier this year on ArtSlant, we’ve been living in the anthropocene our whole lives, but never before have we talked quite so much about it. Despite all the “age of man” chatter, “images of the anthropocene are missing,” argues one of two articles explicitly addressing the anthropocene in the latest . Irmgard Emmelhainz’s “Conditions of Visuality Under the Anthropocene and Images of the Anthropocene to Come” argues that the anthropocene “announces its own... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 3/10/15

What Does Christian Marclay's Glass Harp Sound Like?

by Cassie Packard
There is a certain subset of art that sustains the moment prior to critical thinking: that place before or beyond thought. Aesthetically attuned, the spectator is an empty glass resonating with vibrations, an orange pricked by a thumbnail, but not yet peeled. It’s a sweet pleasure to immerse myself in visual and aural sensations without probing them, questioning them, demanding the things of them that we must demand, as the socially responsible culture consumers that we are. Biweekly... [more]
Posted by Cassie Packard on 2/16/15

Happy Birthday, Art! The Party Report from Pilsen

by Nadja Sayej
The French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou was the first to proclaim “Art’s Birthday” as a public holiday on January 17. Coincidentally, Art shares the same birthday as Filliou, who came up with the idea in 1963. The myth is that 1,000,000 years ago, someone threw a dry sponge into a bucket of water and voilà: Art was born. It was first publicly celebrated in Aachen, Germany, and Paris simultaneously in 1973, and the phenomenon has grown every year with celebrations now taking place across the US... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 1/19/15