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A label and platform for all kinds of auditory publications and performances at various places.
Initiated and run by Nguyen Phuong-Dan

Between I: dispari
August 28, 2021, 6pm through August 29, 2021, 6pm, Kunstverein München

Between is a new series departing from music based practices that temporarily rededicates the Kunstverein’s exhibition spaces to a stage for international musicians, performers, and artists. It takes place in the empty spaces between two exhibitions for the duration of 24 hours and seeks to produce non-linear temporalities.

Initiated and run by Nguyen Phuong-Dan, dispari is a label and platform for all kinds of auditory publications and performances in various places. Phuong-Dan is joined by Florian Bräunlich, Jessica Ekomane, Fleurop, Sven-Åke Johansson, Annika Larsson, TinTin Patrone, and Laila Sakini.

ton not. not ton
October 3, 2021, 12pm through October 17, 2021, 6pm, Kunsthalle Münster

Concert, performance, exhibition: ton not. not ton is devoted to the sound of things—sound emerging in the form of acoustic interventions, in the objects arranged within the space and in one’s own imagination. The project plays with the immediacy of the performance and transience of the spectacle, with the recollection of an event and its lingering sound—an exploration of the before, the during and the after.

This intersection of object and sound offers both the immediate experience of perceiving the sounds and a sensual encounter with the physical material. While some of the artists and musicians elicit the sound from the objects directly at the moment of the performance, others merely refer to it via their works, directing attention to the performative quality of the object.

In her performances, the Japanese musician Tomoko Sauvage examines the sculptural-ity of sound, using various liquids, bowls, ceramics, light and underwater microphones. She not only incorporates the unpredictable dynamics inherent in the material into her compositions, but also uses chance as a compositional technique. A similar effect is achieved with the work Safe Crash (2020) by Florian Bräunlich, for which the drummer Sven-Åke Johansson improvises with drumsticks made of porcelain to carve out all aspects and parameters of the material’s sonority, making the objects audible in their quality. And what is the Museum Of No Art about? Not paintings, but visions. Not sculptures, but empty rooms full of potential where Mona Steinwidder traces fabulous forms by means of synthesiser, clarinet and effects. Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann’s work Grand Piano (2013), for which the artist took fingerprints from the keys of a piano, provides evidence in the form of traces and relics, comparable with the testimony re-sulting from remnants along with their musicality in Safe Crash. Gesa Troch’s recently created ceramics refer to a noisy, perhaps even ecstatic experience. Her sculptures in the likeness of empty firework batteries silently allude to the blasting, glowing rite of passage and its emotionally ambivalent charge.

The space resonates – in a musical, artistical and imaginary way. Objects are made to sound, echoing memories: the moment when the keys of the piano were played or the fireworks were set off.

A collaboration between Kunsthalle Münster and dispari – a label and platform for auditory publications and performances at various locations, initiated and run by Nguyen Phuong-Dan.

Curators: Nguyen Phuong-Dan + Merle Radtke