One Hundred People Say Umbrella
Audio recordings, lectures, talks & performances.
October 1st, 2015 – April 30th, 2016, Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
A project by Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg.
Initiated and developed by Nguyen Phuong-Dan and Anna Sabrina Schmid.
The Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is currently focusing on visual artists who work with many different media in their installations, particularly those who employ audio elements – whether as a conceptual strategy, material or narrative means. As part of these exhibitions, which include artists such as Hannah Weinberger and Ruth Buchanan, the artists produce an LP that is released by the Cologne-based record label Apparent Extent. The relationship between each sound recording and exhibition ranges from documentary, to autonomous, to identical.
With this in mind, the Kunstverein will be temporarily transforming its lounge into a space for audio releases made by visual artists. The selection will also include recordings from other areas, such as music, as the products of mutual inspiration or artistic collaboration. Historical recordings from various public and private collections and art institutions as well as current releases from book publishers, labels and publishers of limited audio editions will be presented. The room will feature a comprehensive collection of recorded materials, testifying to the fact that sound recording media have never completely gone away, but are instead constantly growing (we only have to look at the current interest in vinyl records), while also exploring sound itself, regardless of media format.
This collection will enable visitors to access many historical and contemporary works on cassette, CD, video, dubplate or vinyl. At the same time, not only the history and role of audio recordings, but also sound and its dependency on recording media within the context of art will be discussed in several panels. The programme will also include an ongoing exhibition of Ruth Buchanan's works at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof as well as live performances and concerts at Kampnagel, a venue for contemporary performing arts in Hamburg.
Recordings & Or, a camera Or, a building Or, a screen
Opening of a temporary space for audio publications at the salon & record release and reading by Ruth Buchanan
October 28th, 2015, Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, 19:00
Recordings present a comprehensive selection of historical and contemporary audio recordings made by visual artists. The recordings are drawn from a variety of public and private collections, cultural institutions, book publishers, record labels and publishers of limited audio editions. The selection will also include recordings from other areas besides art, such as music, as the products of mutual inspiration or artistic collaboration.
The collection is realized with kind support by different artists, institutions, editions or labels and consists of loans from: Apparent Extent, Archive Books, Katja Aufleger, Oliver Augst, Thomas Baldischwyler, Stefan Beck, belleville Verlag, Nika Breithaupt, Brigade Commerz, BQ, Corvo Records, Edition Block, Edition Fieber, EN/OF Editions, Flipping the Coin, Gruenrekorder, Detlev Hjuler, Armin Hundertmark, ImageMovement, Infinite Greyscale, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Käthe Kruse / Die Tödliche Doris, Felix Kubin, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V., Kunstverein St. Pauli, LTM Recordings, Mathew Gallery, Michaela Melián, Mmodemm, Monika Enterprise, NYT, OAE, PAN, Picture/Disk, Pork Salad Press, Pudel Produkte, Sammlung Hasenbein, Sleeperhold Publications, Test Centre, Whatness, Klaus Weber, Weserburg Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Adrian Williams, to be continued.
The artist record by Ruth Buchanan is released on the occasion of the exhibition Or, a camera Or, a building Or, a screen at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (September 19th – December 13th, 2015). It is part of a series the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof releases together with the cologne based label Apparent Extent. The exhibition and the record act as the epilogue to the body of work commissioned by the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
This LP brings together the three components from a major body of work by Ruth Buchanan. Here, the forms of performance, exhibition and film are compressed through and into audio; the record becoming both the documentation of the work at the same time as proposing a script for future versions. Buchanan's texts and graphics are rendered into paired back dense sound pieces where the capacity of language as a system that is both employed by and defines the subject is emphasized. Buchanan explores the examination of subject and system by language, where language itself constitutes a contested field of interaction between the two.
From Sound To Record
On audio works in contemporary art and their distribution. Lecture with Dr. Anne Thurmann-Jajes (director of Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Bremen)
November 26th, 2015, Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, 19:00
The history of art in the twentieth century can largely be traced in the audio recordings that artists have published as limited editions. These include recorded performances as well as autonomous sound works, especially on vinyl, during many different artistic movements, like Dada, Art Informel, Pop art, Conceptual art and Minimalism.
Sound works are still being made and released in small to large numbers of editions today. The close affinity between sound art and music and/or literature, like concrete poetry, has always been clear. The collections of such famous collectors as Egidio Marzona, Guy Schraenen, Ed Veenstra and Ursula Block have received much attention and have been shown in many exhibitions. Dr. Anne Thurmann-Jajes, director of Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, will speak on audio works in the context of visual arts from the 1960s till today and their distribution.
Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne & As I became upside down, right side up
On current concepts of audio publications with Robert Meijer (music- und edition publisher, EN/OF Editions, Berlin/Kleve), Andreas Reihse (musician and curator, ImageMovement, Berlin), Adrian Williams (artist, Frankfurt) & Volker Zander (musician und composer, Apparent Extent, Cologne) & record release with Hannah Weinberger
December 13th, Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, 2015, 19:00
As the sales of conventional vinyl records continues to rise in the last few years, so has the number of labels, publishers of limited audio editions and projects working on artist’s records. The comprehensive collection of LPs presented in the Kunstverein includes not only releases by book publishers and self-releases by artists, but also mainly records released by specialized labels and publishers of limited audio editions taking different conceptual approaches.
Discussions with artists, label representatives and publishers of limited audio editions will investigate some of these different approaches. Focus will lie on the potentials and limitations of this medium, the mechanisms of its distribution between availability and scarcity, and the range of the intensity of and ideas behind the collaboration between the different parties involved in production.
Nika Breithaupt & Andreas Reihse will play us some of the records from the collection.
Music From High Wires
Live performances and concerts at Kampnagel in Hamburg with Ghédalia Tazartès, Groupshow & Wilder Westen
February – April 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg
Initiated by Nguyen Phuong-Dan und Anna Sabrina Schmid
In cooperation with Kampnagel, Hamburg
Sponsored by Dezent Veranstaltungstechnik
The program of Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is made possible by Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg