Ari Benjamin Meyers: Tacet, OGR
Photo: Courtesy of the artist, © Corraini Edizioni
January 18, 2020, 6:15–8 p.m.
The discussion is held in German.
Free admission, no registration required.
Since 2013 the trained composer and conductor Ari Benjamin Meyers has been developing music installations that are presented in art institutions all over the world. To this end, new compositions are created which are performed by professional musicians and performers, but also by amateurs in exhibition spaces and increasingly also in public spaces. Music becomes a social event through the activation and involvement of the audience in Meyers’ installations. On the other hand, memory, musical memory and the dialogue between composer and performer are central aspects of his artistic work.
Following solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Kassel and OGR Turin (both in 2019), his recently published artist’s book “Tacet in Concert” will be presented as an accompanying publication at the Ernst Schering Foundation. On the occasion of the book presentation, a conversation will take place between neuropsychologist Daniela Sammler (Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences Leipzig) and Ari Benjamin Meyers, moderated by Christina Landbrecht, Program Director Art, and Katja Naie, Program Director Science and Managing Director of the Schering Foundation.
The book presentation and discussion will be complemented by the exhibition and performance “Solo für Ayumi” (2017) on January 18 and 19, 2020, from 12 (noon) to 6 p.m. in each case. Conceived in collaboration with Ayumi Paul, it is a central work of the artist on the theme of memory – on a personal and musical level. In the project room of the Ernst Schering Foundation a new interpretation of “Solo for Ayumi” will be presented for the first time, performed by the violinist and dancer Manon Parent.
With "Solo for Ayumi", a central work by the artist on the theme of memory is performed in the Project Space. supplemented by a panel discussion and the presentation of Meyers' first artist's book "Tacet in Concert".Learn more
Ari Benjamin Meyers was born in 1972 in New York. He lives and works in Berlin.
Ari Benjamin Meyers’ work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. His compositions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience.
Trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Meyers became more widely known in the context of the visual and performative arts in 2007 as musical director and conductor of the group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino (Manchester International Festival, 2007, and Art Basel, 2009).
Selected projects and solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle for Music, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); Changing of the Guard, Schauspielhaus Bochum (2018); Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017), An exposition, not an exhibition, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017), Who’s Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention I), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016), Symphony X (Installation Version), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015), Untitled for Choir (Beating Time), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2015), New Initiative for Europe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014), Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2013-2014).
As a neuropsychologist and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences in Leipzig, PD Dr. Daniela Sammler, born in 1978, investigates the functional mechanisms of the brain at the interfaces between music and language. Sentence melody, songs and harmony are just as much a part of her field of work as the influences of top musical form in professional musicians or brain damage in stroke patients on their motor-cognitive performance. Research stays at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, the Université Nord-de-France in Lille, the University of Glasgow as well as the Western Sydney University led to numerous publications in internationally recognized journals documenting her extensive repertoire in the field of music and language cognition. Her dissertation on the comparative neuroanatomy of music and speech processing in patients with brain lesion or pharmacoresistant epilepsy was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements in 2009. In her habilitation at the University of Leipzig, which she completed in January 2018, she examines the neuronal foundations of intonation in speech and music.Close
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