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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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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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