Sound on the 4th Floor

Compiled and arranged by Gerwald Rockenschaub
Videos, audio and sound works, sound sculptures, pictures, graphics

until February 2nd 2020
Opening: Saturday, July 6th, 2019, 3 - 6 p.m.
Daimler Contemporary Berlin

Sound, music, rhythm are omnipresent in the 20th century and contemporary art. Representatives of Bauhaus and Classical Modernism (Albers, Arp, etc.) conceive picture series according to musical principles of form with theme and variation (“The music behaves like a clock for the form and effect of my pictures”, Josef Albers) or accompany their artistic designs with sound poems and instrumental choreographies. Concrete and constructive art (Fleischmann, Fruhtrunk, Graeser, Loewensberg, etc.) contains formal inspirations that lend a visual translation to the musical variations of the fugue, the concept of counterpoint or the chord combinations of jazz. Comparable musical references can be found in the Neo Geo art of the 1980s (Rockenschaub), while other artists simultaneously integrate excerpts of musical scores directly into their pictures (Mields). Musical material has been present in multimedia art in many ways since around 1990: Collages with record covers (Czech), videos based on everyday sound elements or accompanied by commissioned compositions (Fleury, Signer and Zobernig around 1990 to Chan-Kyong, 2015), further sculptures that vary the forms of musical instruments or places of language (Afif, Boyce, Moorman, Veilhan), finally computer-generated beats, sounds and frequencies that are audibly underlaid or purely abstractly implemented in order to appeal to the imagination of the Viewer.

Curators of the Daimler Art Collection:
Renate Wiehager

with Nadine Henrich and Sarah Maske

Listen to Gerwald Rockenschaub in conversation with rbb Kulturradio (in German language)

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