Monday, August 31, 2009

Matt Stokes: "SEE THIS SOUND. PROMISES IN SOUND AND VISION" Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria


28 August 2009 - 10 January 2010

Artists today take an engagement with the sound of this world for granted. The former predominance of the visual has meanwhile been replaced by a multifaceted interplay of image and sound. Even though contemplative quiet still largely predominates in museums, sound, experimental composition, audiovisual media and pop culture have become central references for visual art in the 20th century.See This Sound documents this development from the perspective of visual art and refers to the respective contemporary discussions and promises.

In eight separate sections, See This Sound exhibits a number of important milestones and socio-historical reference points, in connection with which artists have worked with sound and composition and reflected on the medial relationship of image and sound.
Starting from the filmic sound visualizations of the 1920s - so-called Eye Music - it traces the topos of traversing genre boundaries in the 1960s and questions psychedelic trance machines and multimedia sound environments about their social-political potential. The illusion of a "natural" interplay of image and sound, for instance in Hollywood movies, is countered by works that disclose the discrepancies of this purported synthesis, all the way to the loss of sound and the power of speech. In addition, there is a special focus on the local production conditions of sounds (industrial cities and industrial sounds), and on sound as a medium of institutional critique. Astonishing promises have always been associated with the interplay of image and sound, with the crossover of visual art and music, in short: with "intermediality" - and sometimes still are up to the present, if we think of the idea of an "expanded visual culture" in the era of YouTube.

Laurie Anderson, Martin Arnold, Atelier Hopfmann (Judith Hopf und Deborah Schamoni), John Baldessari, Gottfried Bechtold, Jordan Belson, Manon de Boer, George Brecht, Mary Ellen Bute, John Cage, Ira Cohen, Tony Conrad, Kevin Cummins, Josef Dabernig, Jeremy Deller, E.A.T. - Experiments in Art and Technology, Einstürzende Neubauten, Viking Eggeling, VALIE EXPORT, Oskar Fischinger, Andrea Fraser, William Furlong, Kerstin von Gabain, Jack Goldstein, Douglas Gordon, Andrew Gowans, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Granular Synthesis, Brion Gysin, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Gary Hill, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Heidrun Holzfeind, Derek Jarman, Jutta Koether, DIE KRUPPS, Peter Kubelka, Louise Lawler, Bernhard Leitner, LIA, Alvin Lucier, Len Lye, George Maciunas, Christian Marclay, Norman McLaren, Jonas Mekas, Michaela Melián, Robert Morris, Christian Philipp Müller, Wolfgang Müller, Max Neuhaus, Carsten Nicolai, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Nam June Paik & Jud Yalkut, Norbert Pfaffenbichler & Lotte Schreiber, Rudolf Pfenninger, Adrian Piper, Mathias Poledna, Hans Richter, Jozef Robakowski, David Rokeby, Constanze Ruhm / Ekkehard Ehlers, Walter Ruttmann, Peter Saville, Michael Snow, Imogen Stidworthy, Matt Stokes, Nina Stuhldreher, Atsuko Tanaka, Test Department, TeZ, Throbbing Gristle, Tmema (Golan Levin und Zachary Lieberman), Ultra-red, Steina Vasulka, Ryszard Wasko, Peter Weibel, Hans Weigand, Herwig Weiser, James Whitney, La Monte Young, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela.

The comprehensive project See This Sound. Exhibition | Web Archive | Symposium is realized in close collaboration between Lentos Art Museum Linz, Linz 09 and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research as an exhibition, research, and multimedia project.


Artistic and Scientific Lead:
Stella Rollig and Dieter Daniels
Curator: Cosima Rainer
Assistant-Curator: Manuela Ammer
Project Coordination: Veronika Floch
Scientific Collaboration Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research: Sandra Naumann
Exhibition Designer: Nicole David
Production Management: Magnus Hofmüller

The exhibition contribution Site.Sound.Industry was curated by Christian Höller and Petra Erdmann.
Audio contributions by Matthias Dusini &Thomas Edlinger.

"See This Sound. Promises in Sound and Vision", edited by Cosima Rainer, Stella Rollig, Dieter Daniels, Manuela Ammer at Walther König, Köln. With articles by Manuela Ammer, Dieter Daniels, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Helmut Draxler, Matthias Dusini & Thomas Edlinger, Heidi Grundmann, Christian Höller, Gabriele Jutz, Liz Kotz, Cosima Rainer and Stella Rollig. Numerous colour pictures, 320 pages, in German and English. Price: € 32,-.

"See This Sound. Audiovisuology I. An Interdisciplinary Compendium of Audiovisual Culture", edited by Dieter Daniels and Sandra Naumann. With 35 essays by international experts.
Online available under:
Printed Version at Walther König, König (in preparation).