Lecture - Ari Benjamin Meyers
Lecture - Ari Benjamin Meyers
Lecture / 01.12.2022
Ari Benjamin Meyers (Composer, artist and conductor, Berlin)
Rehearsing the Future: On the Kunsthalle for Music and Some Recent Works
I have been working in the context of contemporary art for many years, but my musical training and background still inform my approach to art and performance. I consider myself a composer in the broadest sense. But what does that mean exactly? For me, composition is a kind of tool to bring together artistic, theoretical and socio-political modes of production. In this talk I will start with a somewhat extended presentation of the "Kunsthalle für Musik" (https://www.kunsthalleformusic.org), a nomadic meta-institution I initiated in 2017. I will give a brief introduction to its history, how it came to be, and perhaps more importantly, why it came to be. This will in turn lead to a brief discussion of some recent works, including my large-scale performative public art project "Rehearsing Philadelphia" (https://www.rehearsingphiladelphia.com) from this year.
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 the experimental music-theater work Forecast (2021) for the Volksbühne Berlin. A number of works including the recent Rehearsing Philadelphia (various locations, April 2022) and Werksorchester (Osten Festival, July 2022) are focused on the public and civic sphere and have involved large scale communal rituals. 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. Further solo exhibitions and presentations include K Club as part of Unlimited Night at Art Basel (2022); Kunsthalle for Music, Act 1: 7 Stücke aus dem Repertoire von Ari Benjamin Meyers at Museum Abteilberg, Mon̈chengladbach (2022); Duet (with the Beethoven orchestra Bonn) at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022); The Long Parade at Beaufort Triennial (2021); Forecast (Installation Version) at Urbane Künste Ruhr (2021); 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 Hamburger Kunsthalle (2022); Theater Treffen, Berlin (2022); MAAT, Lisbon (2021); Kunstsammlung Gera (2021); Neues Museum Nürnberg (2020); Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2020); VAC Foundation, Moskow (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.
01.12.2022, 2 pm
Interpret*innenkammer Room 3.12.090, Am Speicher XI 8, 28217 Bremen
Photo: Michael Chiu / Graphic: Christine Claussen & Ruben Lyon