Ari Benjamin Meyers: On the Kunsthalle for Music/Recent Works

  • Workshop
27. November 2022
27. November 2022
Admission 10€/7€
ACUD CLUB RAUM
Veteranenstrasse 21
10119 Berlin

An introduction to the Kunsthalle for Music, its history, how it came into being and perhaps, more importantly, why it came into being. The Kunsthalle for Music’s position in relation to contemporary music and visual art is analyzed and various works and commissions included in its repertoire are discussed. This leads to a discussion of some more recent works.

Ari Benjamin Meyers (b. 1972, USA) lives and works in Berlin. Meyers received his training as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute. Trading the concert format for that of the exhibition, his widely exhibited works – such as Kunsthalle for Music (2018), Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Solo for Ayumi (both 2017) – explore structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music as well as the relationship between performer and audience. His diverse practice features performances for the stage and for exhibition spaces as well as three operas including a commission for the Semperoper Dresden, a ballet for the Paris Opera, and most recently the experimental music-theater work Forecast (2021) for the Volksbühne Berlin. Meyers has often worked collaboratively and has realized multiple joint projects with artists such as Tino Sehgal, Anri Sala, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, as well as with bands such as The Residents, Chicks on Speed, and Einstürzende Neubauten. A number of his works including the upcoming Rehearsing Philadelphia (various locations, 2022) and Werksorchester (Osten Festival Bitterfeld, 2022) as well as the ongoing The Long Parade (Beaufort Triennial, 2021)focus on the public and civic spheres and involve large-scale communal rituals. Further recent solo exhibitions and presentations include K Club at MAAT, Lisbon (2021); Serious Immobilities (Module 4/Instrumental Version) at OTO Sound Museum, online (2021);Vexations II at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri/Esther Schipper, Berlin (2020); Solo at Yellow Solo, Berlin (2020); K Club at Blitz Club, Munich (2020); Ari Benjamin Meyers: Kunsthalle for Music at MCA Santa Barbara (2019); Tacet at Kunstverein Kassel (2019) and In Concert at OGR Turin (2019). His works have been shown internationally in institutions and festivals including at Urbane Künste Ruhr (2021); Kunstsammlung Gera (2021); Neues Museum Nürnberg (2020); Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2020); VAC Foundation, Moscow (2019); Frac Franche-Comté (2019); Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2019); Liverpool Biennial (2018); Nowy Teatr, Warsaw (2018); Public Art Munich (2018); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); Sonic Somatic Festival, Florence (2018); Biennale de Lyon (2017); Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016). His artist book Tacet in Concert was published by Corraini Edizioni in 2019.

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