Category Archives: Annika Kahrs

Architecture of Confinement

BNKR, Munich

19.6 -17.10.2021

 

The exhibition trilogy “The Architecture of”, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, showcases artistic positions at the intersection of art and architecture. Each of the three exhibitions relates directly to different chapters in the evolving history of the exhibition building. The second part, “The Architecture of Confinement”, references the use of the building as an internment camp during the denazification policy period from 1945 to 1948.

 

A new work by ANNIKA KAHRS, specifically commissioned for this exhibition explores the connections between space and sound in a period of isolation. The video and sound installation our Solo experiments with mixing the perception of music in a classical concert hall and of music played in a private setting. Four professional musicians are seen, who seemingly enter into a dialogue across physical distances. Three of these musicians play alone in their private homes, to practice pieces of music and melodies, and improvise individual fragments of sound. Their music seems to transcend through the walls of an empty concert hall, and onto the stage of an opera singer. Different melodies emerge and invite her directly to interact with these domestic performances and intimate moments. The presentation of the work in the basement of BNKR blurs the boundaries between listening and performing, indoor and outdoor space, and between private and public music.

 

 

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sound-silence-sound-silence-contemporary-art

Kunstmuseum, Bonn

27.05. – 05.09.2021

 

The exhibition Sound and Silence focuses on the theme of stillness and silence in the field of contemporary art. The presentation has been realized in view of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven and is based on the composer’s progressing deafness as a starting point for discussing the question of the relation between sound and silence, the productive and at the same time destructive force of stillness and the impossibility of complete silence. In a broad panorama of media comprising installations, performances, videos, films, photographs and drawings, the exhibition – which is not meant as a contribution about the history of music – makes the sound of silence perceptible in many different ways: as monotony, repetition and repository; as pause or overlapping and cluster, as booming stillness or ruined sound; in the interplay between meditative immersion, compelled silence and quiet resistance; and, not least, as ambivalent expression of meaning and meaninglessness.

 

List of artists:

Marina Abramović, Absalon, Nevin Aladağ, Arturo Hernández Alcazar, Dave Allen, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, William Anastasi, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Benjamin Bergmann, Jane Benson, Joseph Beuys, Tatiana Blass, Manon de Boer, Maya Bringolf, Christoph Büchel, Julia Bünnagel, John Cage, Hanne Darboven, Bogomir Ecker, Robert Filliou, Terry Fox, Al Hansen, Sofia Hultén, Pierre Huyghe, Annika Kahrs, Idris Khan, Christina Kubisch, Bernhard Leitner, Alvin Lucier, Christian Marclay, Teresa Margolles, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, Peter Moore, Janis Elias Müller, Carsten Nicolai, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Susan Philipsz, Ricarda Roggan, Anri Sala, Erwin Schulhoff, Sigrid Sigurdsson/Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, Juergen Staack, Jens Standke, Timm Ulrichs, Jorinde Voigt, Gillian Wearing, Samson Young, David Zink Yi, Artur Żmijewski

 

A comprehensive catalog with essays on the exhibition’s subject and texts on the artists accompanies the exhibition.

 

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silence is the sound of a missed opportunity

 

silence is the sound of a missed opportunity – Annika Kahrs
 

YELLOW SOLO

April 17 – May 16, 2021

 

The project is the first part of the series entitled MUSIC WITHOUT MUSIC, which will be presented by Yellow Solo in 2021 and 2022 with the participation of the following artists: Annika Kahrs, Dani Gal, Arnold Dreyblatt, Anri Sala, Hassan Khan, Song-Ming Ang and Ari Benjamin Meyers. 

 

 

 

“silence is the sound of a missed opportunity” is a new work by Annika Kahrs, and it is also a claim made by marketing companies advertising for on hold music to fill seemingly empty waiting time on the phone.

 

In Annika Kahrs’ work four musicians, on hold themselves, are not only waiting but simultaneously creating and recording their own on-hold music. The score is written by composer Louis d’Heudieres and is loosely based on the classic lightweight structure of on-hold music. The musicians are waiting for roughly an hour for an unknown connection that may never get resolved. The waiting experience is a friendly one, it is tailored to human needs, and adresses the existential questions that may creep up on you while in the limbo of a waiting line. With no need for a space filler or a time killer, the passive sphere of waiting turns into an active commitment. The musicians are playing for themselves while waiting, without knowing the overall listening experience that is only later accessible for the spectator.

 

 

ANNIKA KAHRS – silence is the sound of a missed opportunity.

Multichannel sound installation, 49 min

Open: April 17 – May 16, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 – 18:00

Listening to the piece requires a prior email registration for a one-hour time slot and a same-day certified negative test result. Only one person can be in the installation space at a time, we provide hygienic conditions as well as adequate ventilation.

Registration: contact@yellowsolo.de

 

 

ANNIKA KAHRS – Please Hold

Live performance via phone call 

May 2, Sunday, 12:00 – 18:00

Performed by Laura Schuller and Phuong-Dan

The number to call will be provided soon.

 

 

Works streamed online by ANNIKA KAHRS

April 12 – May 16, 2021

the lord loves changes, it’s one of his greatest delusions

2018, 15:48 min

Infra Voice

2018, 10:35 min

Strings

2010, 8:20 min

NO LONGER NOT YET

2019, 17:23 min

 

 

 

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end-of-year selection

During this time of year we want to celebrate the holidays with you.

 

We all know art is a great way of expressing human emotion, and what better gift to make on this time of the year than that?

 

When you buy pieces of art you are supporting artists and the cultural ecosystem as a whole.

 

Our gallery would be delighted to be part of this experience, that’s why we have made a very special 2020 Gallery Selection.

 

To discover all the pieces that compose this collection click here

sesin melodim, seslerin yankım benim (tu voz es mi sonido es tu ruido es mi eco)

 

MIND the GAP, Hamburgo

21.10 – 13.12.2020

 

Instalación sonora de Annika Kahrs en colaboración con el músico Derya Yildirim.

 

 

 

La base de la instalación de sonido de 7 canales son las entrevistas que Kahrs y Yıldırım realizaron con los miembros de la familia de Yıldırım, sus padres, hermanos y primos, en Hamburgo. En las respectivas conversaciones se intercambiaron historias personales, específicamente preguntado sobre recuerdos sonoros y personalidad acústica. Estos se tradujeron luego en una compleja instalación de sonido en el estudio de sonido. La música se entiende aquí como una puesta en escena portadora de la memoria y un vínculo intergeneracional: qué canciones juegan un papel importante dentro de la familia, se transmiten a las siguientes generaciones y se reinterpretan, qué sonidos recuerdan los padres de su infancia en Sivas (Turquía), o los hermanos en Hamburgo.

 

sesin melodim, seslerin yankım benim (tu voz es mi sonido es tu ruido es mi eco) invita a los visitantes a acercarse a estos pensamientos y a escuchar el retrato de la familia de una manera temporalmente lineal y espacialmente vertical: cada piso representa a un miembro de la familia.

 

 

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CORONA SOUND SYSTEM.

 

BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART

 

An experimental exhibition format in two chapters

 

22.8 –11.10.2020

 

Kunstverein in Hamburg

 

 

The experimental exhibition Corona Sound System foregrounds the experience of listening while changing the visual experience of an exhibition. What is the purpose of the exhibition space and/or what can the exhibition space do in the context of sound? In an empty room with white walls, within the functioning exhibition architecture, there are seats scattered at the required distance. Here a group exhibition will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. A radio play takes place next to a concert; minimalist tones are replaced by a baroque piece; the ambience  of short pauses between pieces offers a moment to breathe deeply before getting involved in a new cosmos—just like in real life. These sounds are scattered in the room, one runs after another rather than side by side. We have to move back and forth between a total of five spaces that host these sounds—go there, linger, and then onto another place in the room, where the constellation of these sounds evokes new images from the last. Sound art can be experienced visually because it evokes different images in the mind of each individual visitor.

 

The exhibition Corona Sound System has no theme—except for concentrating on the different types of sound and their implicit possibilities.

 

Annika Kahrs and Wolfgang Tillmans both work in Hamburg. With her sound work My Favorite Music, Annika Kahrs deals with sound reinforcement and the acoustic appropriation of public spaces at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. In 2001, areas of the main station began to be filled with classical ambient music in order to drive away people who slept or spent time there. She asks: whose private playlist do we hear at the train station? In Hamburg Süd / Nee IYaow eow eow Wolfgang Tillmans  mixes the ambient noises of the Hauptbahnhof and the surroundings of the Kunstverein with the playfully extended singing of Billie Ray Martin and himself.

 

Annika Kahrs’s piece is played daily at 14:17:00 – 14:35:31.

 

Participating artists: Die Apotheke, Jenny Beyer, Lucrecia Dalt, Mathew Dryhurst, Carola Ernst, Tobias Euler, Pascal Fuhlbrügge, Graindelavoix/Björn Schmelzer, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Holly Herndon, Annika Kahrs, Felix Kubin, Hanne Lippard, Melissa E Logan, Robin Minard, Thies Mynther, Charlotte Pfeiffer, Robert Rehnig, Schwabinggrad Ballet, Nika Son, Mounira Al Solh, Jakob Spengemann, Veit Sprenger, Wolfgang Tillmans and C.W. Winter.

 

 

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EXPOSURES #01

09-23, April 2020

exposure:the fact of experiencing something or being affected by it because of being in a particular situation or place (Cambridge Dictionary)

 

Exposures is a series of online exhibitions that aims to reflect on topics related to the current context, and around the general idea of ‘The body and the other’.

 

Exposures #01
.The first proposal is an adaptation of the project that we presented a few months ago for Loop’19, entitled 26 thousand light years. To the works by ANNIKA KAHRSALICIA KOPF and TERESA SOLAR, this time a work by PEDRO TORRES is added. This exhibition can be seen for 15 days.

 

26 thousand light years gathers a selection of videos that link stories or personal reflections with the space exploration, technology and science.

 

The exhibition title, 26 thousand light years, refers to the distance that separates us from Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), a supermassive black hole located in the center of the Milky Way, the observation of which seems to confirm that black holes grow by absorbing minor ones and stars. The scientific speculation towards the outer space often approaches science fiction, as it appears in the works we present.

 

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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

29.1.2020 – 19.30h

 

For more than six years, the SCHIRN has served as a forum for national and international film­makers and video artists. Under the heading Double Feature, the latter present a work from their own oeuvre, followed by their favorite film. Already, films and videos by more than 50 guests have been shown. Double Feature is designed as a platform for various trends and forms of expression in film and video production which, with the dawn of digitization if not before, is now considered an art form in its own right. On the last Wednesday of every month and in conversation with the curators Katharina Dohm, Matthias Ulrich and guest curators, the invited artists provide extensive insight into their creative work, especially their interest in film.

 

ANNIKA KAHRS

 

Sound as a communications tool forms a central theme in the work of Annika Kahrs. Her performances, films, photo series and installations are often based on musical productions conceived as playful experimental setups. Music as a verbal form of expression functions at the same time as an outlet and a metaphor in all of this. At the Schirn, the artist will be showing her film the lord loves changes, it’s one of his greatest delusions (2018, 16 Min.), in which she adapts two pieces by American composer Julius Eastman.

 

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News - Annika Kahrs

Exhibition: 01 September – 27 October 2019, at Kunstsammlungen Zwickau Max Pechstein Museum.

 

 

Annika Kahrs receives Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis–Stipendium, of Zwickau 2019.

 

Along the scholarship, an exhibition will be open with Annika Kahrs’ sound and video work “the lord loves changes, it’s one of his greatest delusions”.

 

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fuzzy dark spot hamburg

Sammlung Falckenberg

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

13.04 – 03.11.2019

 

Exhibition with :

Vito Acconci, Gabor Altorjay, John Bock, Claus Böhmler, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, Jeanne Faust, Lee Friedlander, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Rosanna Graf, Britta Gröne/Peter Piller, Romeo Grünfelder, Christian Jankowski, Volko Kamensky, Naho Kawabe, Mike Kelley, Jon Kessler, Nina Könnemann, Till Krause, Vlado Kristl, Lene Markusen, Paul McCarthy, Aurelia Mihai, Ernst Mitzka, Vanessa Nica Mueller, Karina Nimmerfall, Wolfgang Oelze, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Stefan Panhans Rotraut Pape/Raskin, reproducts, Rainer Korsen/Gerd Roscher, Oliver Ross, Gerhard Rühm, Swen Erik Scheuerling, Corinna Schnitt, Paul Spengemann, Hans Stützer, Mike Mandel/Larry Sultan, Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Helena Wittmann, Steffen Zillig

 

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Flat Time House, London

8.3 – 14.4.2019

Opening 7.3.2019 6.30-9pm

 

With contributions by: Louis d’Heudieres, Felix Kubin, Julian Mader Max Prediger, Marius Schwarz and Dr. Saskia Steinmann

 

 

 

For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Annika Kahrs presents the billion year spree, a selection of new works using film, performance and installation commissioned in response to and positioned throughout Flat Time House. For the billion year spree she has focused her research into John Latham’s holistic cosmology of time and the universe, and how this might be visualised through time-based music and the atemporality of scores.

 

The title of the show derives from a 1970’s science fiction encyclopedia by Brian Aldiss, a collection of past imaginings of possible futures. Kahrs brings together her research into Latham with other perspectives via the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, the realm of psychiatric neuroimaging, and the search for cosmic gravitational waves at LIGO. From these starting points her work focuses on systems or forms of communication, interpretation and translation. Using music and sound she shifts or assembles what we hear through a performative process, making timelines intertwine and auditory perceptions interact.

 

the billion year spree is accompanied by a series of performances, concerts and talks on music, sound and scores.

 

the billion year spree event programme

 

As part of her exhibition the billion year spree Annika Kahrs has invited a series of guests to create a special programme of performances, concerts and talks.

(All events are free or pay what you can)

 

9.3.2019 6-8pm Concert: Felix Kubin, Between Events

 

6.4.2019 7-8pm Talk: Annika Kahrs in conversation with Gareth Bell-Jones. 8-9pm  Book Launch: Marius Schwarz, eeeee books: Annika Kahrs

 

11.4.2019 7-8pm  Lecture: Dr. Saskia Steinmann of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Lab of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Fluid boundaries of perception

 

13.4.2019 3-5pm & 6-8pm Two opportunities to attend performance and concert event with Louis d’Heudieres and Annika Kahrs. Concert: Louis d’Heudieres, it’s about time. Performance: Annika Kahrs, think about the size of the universe, then brush your teeth and go to bed

 

 

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Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg

Performance 13.9.2018, 19h

 

Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin

Performance 28.9.2018, 19.30 h

 

 

Annika Kahrs’ new performance THIS IS A LOVE SONG negotiates the field of tension between the musical notion of romantic love and the actually lived communication in a partnership. Singing about love has been passed on since antiquity, with the idea of what love is repeatedly undergoing changes. Our present-day understanding of love as it is addressed in movies, pop songs or romantic novels has existed in its popular form only since the 19th century. Especially in pop music, love lyrics are the most widespread, often consisting in the simplified longing for and idealization of partner relationships, which Kahrs contrasts with the mundane and complex issues that a relationship involves.

 

For THIS IS A LOVE SONG, Kahrs stages a song recital, with the presentation of the songs shifting more and more to a discussion on the existing conditions between the performers.

 

 

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Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg

8.9.2018 – 6.1.2019

 

In the course of the past decades the coexistence of the visual arts and music on an equal footing has resulted in a large number of artists whose work cannot be clearly allocated to only one of the two disciplines. Kunstmuseum Magdeburg presents these different themes concerning art and music by way of numerous examples from the fields of sculpture, installation and video in a major survey exhibition.

 

The title Ambitus means in music the vocal range of a voice or an instrument and stands for the range or the distance between the highest and the lowest note. In the exhibition AMBITUS. Art and music today. the range shows the diversity and variety of the participative artists and works of art.

 

Artists:

Werner Amann, Cory Arcangel, Eberhard Blum, Candice Breitz, Robbie Cornelissen and Kees Went, William Engelen, Jonas Englert, Douglas Henderson and David Henderson, Annika Kahrs, Rainer Kohlberger, Christina Kubisch, Kaffe Matthews, Bjørn Melhus, Michaela Melián, Haroon Mirza, People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), Ute Pleuger, Anri Sala, Marc Sabat and Mareike Yin-Yee Lee,  Yehudit Sasportas, Per Olaf Schmidt and Sebastian Neubauer, Richard T. Walker.

 

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SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Exhibition 23.3 – 6.5.2018

Opening 23.3. 2018, 7pm


Performance Annika Kahrs the lord loves changes, it‘s one of his greatest delusions, 2018 


24.3.2018, 9pm



 

With: Paolo Bottarelli, Raven Chacon, Tanka Fonta, Malak Helmy, Hassan Khan, Annika Kahrs, Pungwe (Robert Machiri and Memory Biwa), The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar, Kodwo Eshun), Barthélémy Toguo

 

We Have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal. Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman is an exhibition, a program of performances, concerts and lectures as well as an upcoming publication that deliberate around concepts beyond the predominantly Western musicological format of the tonal or harmonic. The project looks at the work of the African American composer, musician and performer Julius Eastman beyond the framework of what is today understood as minimalist music, within a larger, always gross and ever-growing understanding of it—i.e. conceptually and geo-contextually. Together with musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivers we aim to explore a non-linear genealogy of Eastman’s practice and his cultural, political and social weight while situating his work within a broader rhizomatic relation of musical epistemologies and practices.

 

For the project, new substantial artworks and musical pieces have been commissioned and will be world-premiered in Berlin. These include a filmic work and performance by Annika Kahrs.

 

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Schloss Agathenburg

13.8 – 1.10.2017

 

Die Beziehung zwischen Japan und Deutschland hat ihre Wurzeln im 17. Jahrhundert, zur Zeit, als das Barockschloss Agathenburg erbaut wurde. Damals entdeckten erste Naturwissenschaftler, Mediziner und Künstler die Kultur des jeweils anderen Landes. In der Ausstellung Warum ticken manche Uhren anders treffen sich im Sommer 2017 vier japanische und vier deutsche Künstler aus diesen so verschiedenen aber historisch verbundenen Kulturen. Es entstehen überwiegend ortsbezogene Arbeiten für den Innen- und Außenraum. In einer Zeit, in der das Fremde und die Frage nach Identität und Heimat täglich in den Medien diskutiert werden, richtet diese Ausstellung ihren Blick auf eine kulturelle Prägung, in der die Konzentration auf das Wesentliche, auf Bescheidenheit und innere Achtsamkeit zentrale Aspekte sind.

 

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Annika Kahrs, Sea - Pool (filmstill), 2016

Exhibition Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover

Exhibition 11 March – 7 May 2017

Opening 10 March 2017, 7 PM

 

Since 1983, the Swiss Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation has traveled throughout Europe to award one of the most highly funded art prizes for young artists under thirty-five. In 2017 the Kestnergesellschaft was selected as the venue for the next award ceremony and a related group exhibition. Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (1899–1962), in whose honor his widow Ilse Leda created the foundation in 1977, has a close connection with the history of the Kestnergesellschaft. On the lower floor of the Kestnergesellschaft, the group exhibition VG award 2017 will bring together twelve young artists from north Germany, Annika Kahrs has been selected by the jury as this year’s prizewinner. With various representatives from the fields of painting, photography, installations, performance, and video art, the exhibition will offer a broad overview of the current north German art scene. 

 

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