A climax of Mexican & German sound art
IDEA: A large group exhibition in Berlin as a climax of a three-year residency and exchange project between Mexican and German sound art artists.
WHAT: ‘entre límites / zwischen grenzen – berlin’ focuses on different aspects of the relationship between sounds and objects. The majority of the pieces at the exhibition were created over the course of several weeks during project residencies in Mexico and Berlin. The exhibition was already shown with great success earlier this year in Mexico City from late August to the end of October.
The exhibition will open tonight (Nov 15,2016) with two live performances: Arturo Hernández Alcázar will open his action sculpture ‘Swallow’ – a piece that takes up the current discussion concerning extreme right-wing political movements. For “Swallow” Alcázar employs audio recordings of right-wing demonstrations, news shows etc., processing them into a sound cluster, which is then projected into the exhibition space through an open wooden box via large horn loudspeakers. In the live performance, the box will be filled up with fresh concrete until the sounds cease to emanate from within completely. The solid concrete block will be destroyed with a pneumatic hammer drill around 15 January.
Guillermo Santamarina presents an action of several hours in length entitled ‘Frei von jedem Schaden!’, in which dozens of vinyl records will first be played and then thrown at a wall covered with fresh plaster, where they either remain lodged or shatter on impact – equally a symbol of the destruction of music as well as a creative, performative act of liberation.
Apart from the exhibition, there will be a Symposium ‘Perspectives of Sound Art – Mexico and Germany’ on November 26th, 2-7 PM, at the Mexican Embassy in Berlin.
WHY: The twelve artists present work that not only testifies to the enormous diversity within the genre, they also developed perspectives in their pieces that point to a realm existing beyond the artificial boundaries of the art world.
BY: Singuhr and the Goethe-Institut Mexico, at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and Schering Stiftung, curated by Carsten Seiffarth, with work from: Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Marcela Armas & Gilberto Esparza, Sam Auinger, Jens Brand, Mario de Vega, Hans Peter Kuhn, Manuel Rocha, Stefan Roigk, Stefan Rummel, Guillermo Santamarina and Rogelio Sosa