Jacob Kirkegaard, »Labyrinthitis« (2007), 16-channel composition / sound installation, 40-minutes, Commissioned by and first performed at the Medical Museion, Copenhagen, Denmark. Limited release of the composition on Touch (2008)

JAMES WEBB
MAY 24 -  JUNE 18, 2017

James Webb’s sound installations touch on political, social and emotional topics with subtle and poetic directness. This South African artist has, for example, recorded prayers from all the religions in a city and broadcast them together to create a moving archive of contemporary multi-faith vocal practice (Prayer, 2000 - ongoing), and concealed audio speakers in trees so as to surreptitiously broadcast the songs of foreign birds into public space (There’s No Place Called Home, 2005- ongoing). For these he uses sounds charged with context and association, and through processes of ellipsis, displacement and détournement creates situations that probe the dynamics of belief and communication in our world. Webb’s practice employs a variety of media including radio transmissions, live performance, site-specific interventions, and large-scale museum installations, referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions, as well as his academic studies in advertising, comparative religion and theatre.

James Webb, born in Kimberley (RSA) in 1975, has been represented in recent years with works in numerous exhibitions and institutions, among them the 9th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (F, 2007), 55th Biennale di Venezia (I, 2013), and the 12th Bienal de la Habana (Cuba, 2015), and is currently in the 13th Sharjah Biennale (UAE, 2016-17). Most recently, solo exhibitions were on view in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, Galerie Imane Farès in Paris, and at blank projects in Cape Town (all 2016).

James Webb, Untitled (with the sound of its own making), 2016, Mehrkanal-Soundinstallation, Ausstellungsansicht Blank Projects, Kapstadt, Foto: Kyle Morland, Courtesy der Künstler, Blank Projects und Galerie Imane Farès, Paris

WYHIWYG

APRIL 29 - JULY 16, 2017

The WYHIWYG exhibition series is devoted to the possibilities of production and reception of sound. In line with its acronym and motto »What You Hear Is What You Get« WYHIWYG presents acoustic forms of expression with studio quality. The exhibition becomes a resonance space for current electronic music compositions, documentary sound recordings and acoustic analyses of international artists. The whole project will be based on a modular sound system adapted to the architecture. Conversations with the artists will amplify the investigations which will change every four weeks.

THOMAS KÖNER
APRIL 29 - MAY 21, 2017

Numerous music projects by the live performer, composer and producer, Thomas Köner, come about on his travels. He records sounds and noises specific to locations all over the world and translates them into melodic compositions and experimental soundscapes by using electronic and analogue devices. In this, his soundscapes function beyond the boundaries of genre. Contrasts in time and space, such as closeness and distance or wontedness and strangeness, combine in his »begehbaren Partituren« (accessible scores) and become a heterophonic resonant space. Köner is concerned with articulating an auditory experience outside of musical conceptions. That is because only tones can manage to produce an interaction between loudspeakers and the consciousness of hearers.

Thomas Köner’s (born in Bochum in 1965) sound and video installations have been shown at, among other places, the 5th International Media Art Biennale in the Seoul Museum of Art (KOR, 2008), Centre Pompidou in Paris (F, 2008, 2009), the Transmediale in Berlin (2009) and in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile (CHL, 2010). Alongside his installations, Köner has composed the music for several films and published numerous radio productions and albums since the beginning of the 1990’s, among other things, as part of the band, Porter Ricks.

Thomas Köner, Illustration zu »Evakuation«, 2016, Courtesy der Künstler

JACOB KIRKEGAARD
JUNE 22 - JULY 16, 2017

The Danish sound artist, Jacob Kirkegaard, is inspired by the limitless variety of acoustic phenomena and records apparently hidden voices and sounds from nature and everyday life. In combination with various media, he traces individual sound elements back to their places of origin and thus creates auditory portraits of these locations. In his sound collages, he layers his recordings and transforms them into multi-layered compositions, which develop narrative impulses. Kirkegaard has worked with recordings of sounds in the human ear in a series of compositions and installations. With that, he does not just make audible what cannot be heard, but he also blurs the boundary between artworks and recipients. Visitors become active participants and hearers of their own perceptions.

Jacob Kirkegaard was born in Denmark in 1975 and has shown his works in international institutions and at numerous festivals, among others, MoMA in New York (USA, 2013), Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (Japan, 2014), Louisiana - Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk (DK, 2016) and at ARoS in Aarhus (DK, 2017).