Contemporary art has its very own sound. Yet musical instruments, which are simultaneously sculptures, represent a recent development in contemporary art that is still relatively unknown. In a group exhibition featuring international artists the SCHIRN presents pieces that also functions as musical instruments, including works by Doug Aitken, Nevin Aladag, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Tarek Atoui, Guillermo Gallindo, Carsten Nicolai, Pedro Reyes, Naama Tsabar and David Zink Yi.
The focus of the exhibition, which is itself in a state of constant flux, is the playing of these sculptural instruments. For the duration of the show, the SCHIRN will temporarily morph into a concert hall as the works are activated and sounds arise. Visitors will thus experience the sound of artworks live. Mobile display architecture will create space for workshops in which the sound of the instruments will be explored by musicians in changing ensembles and subsequently presented in concerts.
The artists will demonstrate their own works in performances. The starting point for the concept is the extension of the definition of art and music by the Fluxus movement of the 1960s: happenings or actions were understood as “concerts,” because they were structured in a similar fashion to compositions and combined different media and materials with one another.