These performances take place within the exhibition Singular/Plural, devoted to artists who lived and worked in Düsseldorf in the 1970s, and is a part of Kunsthalle Düsseldorf’s 50th anniversary. Taking a stand against German fascism was central to the development of their work, and the pieces programmed for this event similarly address the challenges and possibilities of music and performance as social and political forces. We’ll be playing pieces by composers Gerhard Stäbler, Kunsu Shim and Alwynne Pritchard (who will also be performing alongside the ensemble) and a graphic score by Fluxus composer Jed Curtis.
Intense, irreverent, provocative and humorous, this programme questions the relationship of music to noise, text and physical action. Performed as it is within the context of the exhibition, it also calls into question the definitions and boundaries that have conventionally come to divide one art form from another. When we start to ask ourselves these kinds of questions about art, we begin to do so elsewhere too. Where, in fact does art end and real life begin?
Composers: Jed Curtis, Alwynne Pritchard, Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler
Conductor: Trond Madsen
Supported by Bergen kommune og Music Norway