dal 16/07/2017 al 15/10/2017

infoOpening times Tue – Sun and on public holidays 11 am – 6 pm, every 1st Wednesday of the month 11 am – 9 pm Admission Adults 8 Euro, concessions 4.50 Euro, families 17 Euro, groups as of 10 persons 4.50 Euro/person, school groups as of 6th class, 1.50 Euro/person. Admission free for children under 10, pupils and students on Tuesdays from 4 pm – 6 pm and on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6 pm – 9 pm, Deutsche Bank ArtCard, one accompanying person with persons with disability category “B”

Up to the 15th of October, Marta Herford will be presenting emotionally charged memory spaces and captivating sound landscapes between sensuality, coolness and ecstasy with the exhibition “Mix it”. Nine video works by internationally acclaimed artists engage with the interplay of sound and moving image, and show the diverse potential of this intoxicating, poetic and sometimes even provocative combination. The artists act simultaneously as DJs, quote and remix songs, pursue their own band projects, and cooperate with known musicians. Their works place pop music in new and often astounding contexts, and allow us to see the strong power of expression music has in connection with video images.

“Even if I’m a visual artist, I build on the sound, I build with the sound and in the process I let sound trigger its visual reality.” Anri Sala

Video art is a time-based medium that archives memories and opens up new perspectives on the present. For “Desniansky Raion” (2007), the French artist Cyprien Gaillard used, among other things, video material found on the Internet of street fights between rival gangs in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. Framed by socialist housing projects planned in the post-war period as modern social residential complexes, these brutalistic buildings today stand as symbols of the failed utopia of a society without class differences, while the bloody fights stand for the deep divisions in our present-day community. Gaillard backs the picture material with hypnotic electronic beats by the French producer and artist Koudlam.

Disharmonic, spherical sounds are heard in the video “Le Clash” (2010) by Anri Sala. The Albanian artist, whose videos engage with social and political change, has three individuals with a barrel organ and a music box circling around a derelict concert hall in Bordeaux. The world famous line of the eponymous rock anthem “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” which was a world hit for The Clash in the early 1980s, sounds out over the desolate place in distorted form, and is echoed back by the surrounding architecture. This generates a fractured connection between past and present.

In Christian Jankowski’s installation “The Day We Met” (2003), a walk-in Karaoke box, visitors can choose their favourite hit from thousands of songs and sing it to the music. In collaboration with one of Korea’s largest Karaoke machine manufacturers, four videos were created which are a fixed part of the repertoire of the machines sold all over the world, and show Jankowski as an actor in front of the camera. The shaky pictures draw on the aesthetic of private video recordings, and tell the story of the everyday life of a young couple. The film clips are put together like a collage, and show that pop culture is a worldwide phenomenon just as is the cultural exchange about art. Karaoke as a mass phenomenon here becomes a medium for Jankowski’s video art which is spreading all over the world uncontrollably and inexorably.

Wolfgang Tillmans released three EPs last year with his band project and label of the same name “Fragile”. At the same time the photographer also released “Fragile That’s Desire / Here We Are” (2016) with a “visual album” in which he atmospherically combines sound and image. A light projection with changing pastel colours and a corridor-shaped clean room installation which were part of an exhibition in Los Angeles served as the backdrop for the spontaneous improvisations of the cast performers. With his band project Tillmans returns to influences from his youth: punky new-wave aesthetic meets Neue Deutsche Welle or German New Wave, while the artist switches fluently between German and English and receives musical support from, among others, the female rapper Ash B, who can be seen in the video with the photographer. With his “visual album” Tillmans explores the relationship between artist and musician, photographer and actor, and the associated roles in front of and behind the camera.

A further five thematically and aesthetically deep-reaching videos will be shown in the exhibition. The Berlin artist and producer Fatima Al Qadiri disseminated a religion-critical music video in the style of a computer game on social media with “Vatikan Vibes” (2011). Masbedo, an artist duo from Italy, destroy the world hit “Imagine” by John Lennon with a dramatic gesture in the video “2‘59” (2014). In “Bom Bom’s Dream” (2016) Jeremy Deller & Cecilia Bengolea take the visitors into the exotic dancehall subculture of Jamaica, while the French artist Mohamed Bourouissa, backed by the eloquent rap music of Booba, takes a critical look at life in the Parisian Banlieus in “All-In” (2012). For “Song 1” (2012), the American multimedia artist Doug Aitken collects famous personalities such as No Age, James Murphy and Devendra Banhart as well as lots of other musicians for a new interpretation of the world famous hit “I Only Have Eyes For You”. As one of the most-covered hits worldwide, the sound collage underscores kaleidoscopic scenes of street processions, brightly illuminated fabrics and close-ups of musicians and actors.

The exhibition is funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the Land of North-Rhine Westphalia and the District Government of Detmold.

The event partner for the workshop program and the Marta band night is create music.

Material sponsors for the exhibition are Brillux GmbH & Co. KG, Hörmann KG and T + A elektroakustik GmbH & Co. KG.

Image: Doug Aitken, SONG 1 (Videostill), 2012, courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution and 303 Gallery

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Press conference 13.07.2017, 11 am