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the great silence, 2014

three channel HD video color, sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

still image

the great silence, 2014

three channel color HD video with sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

the great silence, 2014

three channel  HD video, color, sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

puerto rican light, 1998-2003

dan flavin, "puerto rican light (to jeannie blake)," 1965

battery bank containing solar panels, batteries, controller & inverter

dimensions variable

installation view: "common wealth," tate modern, london, 2003

photo: allora & calzadilla

stop, repair prepare: variations on "ode to joy" for a prepared piano, 2008

prepared bechstein piano, pianist (andrea giehl, depicted)

40 x 67 x 84 inches

installation view: "stop, repair, prepare: variations on ode to joy for a prepared piano," haus der kunst, munich, 2008

photo: marino solokhov

wake up, 2007

mixed media, live performance with sound and pre-recorded sound commissions by franz hautzinger mazen kerbaj, ingrid jensen, leonel kaplan, paul smoker, natuski tamura, and birgit ulher

dimensions variable

intstallation view: kunsthalle zurich, 2007

photo: wilfried petzi

clamor, 2006

plaster, foam, pigment, live performance including 1 tubist, 1 trumpeter, 2 trombonists, 1 flutist, 1 drummer

40:00 pre-recorded soundtrack

365 x 207 x 64 inches

installation view: "allora & calzadilla," kunsthalle zurich, zurich, 2007

photo: a. burger

sediments, sentiments (figures of speech), 2007

plaster, foam, pigment, pre-recorded sound and live opera singers

dimensions variable

installation view: "sediments, sentiments (figures of speech)," san francisco art institute, san francisco, 2007

body in flight (american), 2011

stained wood, gymnasts (dave durante, 2007 US all-around gymnastics champion, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

track and field, 2011

tank and treadmill, runner (dan o'brien, 1996 olympic decathlon gold medalist, depicted)

300 x 144 x 120 inches

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

half mast\full mast, 2010

dual channel high definition video projection, color, silent

21:11 minutes

still image

body in flight (delta), 2011

stained wood, gymnasts (sadie wilhelmi, USA gymnastics, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

hope hippo, 2005

mud, whistle, daily newspaper, reader

192 x 72 x 60 inches

installation view: "always a little further," 51st international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, 2005

photo: giorgio boata

petrified petrol pump, 2011

black lava and travertine stone

75 x 11.6 x 29 inches

installation view: kurimanzutto, mexico city

sweat glands sweat lands, 2006

video transferred to dvd, color and sound

2:21 minutes

still image

growth, 2004

plant grafts, grafting tape. left to right: pathycerus pecto-abrigine and pachycereus pringlei; marginato cergus marginatus and pilosocerens; tricho cereus hertringinnis, pilosocerens azureus, and wetoerocereus yohnstonii; isocato cereus pumortgrii and pilosocereus hu

dimensions variable

installation view: "(en)tropics", galerie chantal crousel, paris, 2006

fault lines, 2013

ten metamorphic and igneous rocks (performance by evan corn and douglas butler, from the american boychoir school)

dimensions variable

installation view: "fault lines," gladstone gallery, new york, 2014

compass, 2009

suspended wooden drop ceiling, dancers (raymundo vega, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "compass" kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2011

photo: michel zabé

landmark (footprints), 2002

24 color photographs

20 x 24 inches each

land mark, 1999-2003

felt

48 x 95 feet, approximately

commissioned for "common wealth," at the tate modern, october-december 2003 and "land mark," escuela de artes plásticas, san juan, puerto rico, summer 2003

intallation view: tate modern

intermission (halloween iraq iv), 2010

handmade print from wood template (ink on muslin)

120 x 168 inches

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

installation view: galerie chantal crousel

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

installation view: galerie chantal crousel

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

algorithm, 2011

ATM, pipe organ, computer

232.38 x 120.13 x 59.13 inches

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel HD video, color, sound

23:30 minutes

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel HD video, color, sound

23:30 minutes

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel color HD video, with sound

23:30 minutes

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

still images

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

installation view: "apotome", galerie chantal crousel, paris

photo: marc domage

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

installation view: "apotome", galerie chantal crousel, paris

photo: marc domage

intervals, 2014

re-configured acrylic lecterns, dinosaur bones

dimensions variable

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

lifespan, 2014

hadean period rock sample and 3 vocalists. performed by the crossing, composition by david lang (steven bradshaw, depicted)

approximately 15:00 minutes

installation view: "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

3, 2013

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

18:22 minutes

3, 2013

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

18:22 minutes

chalk, 1998-2002

12 chalks

8 x 8 x 64 inches

exhibition view: pasaje santa rosa, III bienal iberoamericana de lima, 2002

photo: allora & calzadilla

cyclonic palm tree, 2004

palm tree, fan, motor

dimensions variable

installation view: "ciclonismo," galerie chantal crousel, paris, 2004

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

under discussion, 2005

standard definition video, color, sound

6:14 minutes

film still

under discussion, 2005

standard definition video, color, sound

6:14 minutes

film still

contract (AOC I), 2014

silkscreen on linen

72 x 96 inches

contract (SWMU 7), 2014

silkscreen on linen

72 x 96 inches

image

the great silence, 2014

three channel HD video color, sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

still image

image

the great silence, 2014

three channel color HD video with sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

image

the great silence, 2014

three channel  HD video, color, sound

text by ted chiang

16:22 minutes

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

image

puerto rican light, 1998-2003

dan flavin, "puerto rican light (to jeannie blake)," 1965

battery bank containing solar panels, batteries, controller & inverter

dimensions variable

installation view: "common wealth," tate modern, london, 2003

photo: allora & calzadilla

image

stop, repair prepare: variations on "ode to joy" for a prepared piano, 2008

prepared bechstein piano, pianist (andrea giehl, depicted)

40 x 67 x 84 inches

installation view: "stop, repair, prepare: variations on ode to joy for a prepared piano," haus der kunst, munich, 2008

photo: marino solokhov

image

wake up, 2007

mixed media, live performance with sound and pre-recorded sound commissions by franz hautzinger mazen kerbaj, ingrid jensen, leonel kaplan, paul smoker, natuski tamura, and birgit ulher

dimensions variable

intstallation view: kunsthalle zurich, 2007

photo: wilfried petzi

image

clamor, 2006

plaster, foam, pigment, live performance including 1 tubist, 1 trumpeter, 2 trombonists, 1 flutist, 1 drummer

40:00 pre-recorded soundtrack

365 x 207 x 64 inches

installation view: "allora & calzadilla," kunsthalle zurich, zurich, 2007

photo: a. burger

image

sediments, sentiments (figures of speech), 2007

plaster, foam, pigment, pre-recorded sound and live opera singers

dimensions variable

installation view: "sediments, sentiments (figures of speech)," san francisco art institute, san francisco, 2007

image

body in flight (american), 2011

stained wood, gymnasts (dave durante, 2007 US all-around gymnastics champion, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

image

track and field, 2011

tank and treadmill, runner (dan o'brien, 1996 olympic decathlon gold medalist, depicted)

300 x 144 x 120 inches

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

image

half mast\full mast, 2010

dual channel high definition video projection, color, silent

21:11 minutes

still image

image

body in flight (delta), 2011

stained wood, gymnasts (sadie wilhelmi, USA gymnastics, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

image

hope hippo, 2005

mud, whistle, daily newspaper, reader

192 x 72 x 60 inches

installation view: "always a little further," 51st international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, 2005

photo: giorgio boata

image

petrified petrol pump, 2011

black lava and travertine stone

75 x 11.6 x 29 inches

installation view: kurimanzutto, mexico city

image

sweat glands sweat lands, 2006

video transferred to dvd, color and sound

2:21 minutes

still image

image

growth, 2004

plant grafts, grafting tape. left to right: pathycerus pecto-abrigine and pachycereus pringlei; marginato cergus marginatus and pilosocerens; tricho cereus hertringinnis, pilosocerens azureus, and wetoerocereus yohnstonii; isocato cereus pumortgrii and pilosocereus hu

dimensions variable

installation view: "(en)tropics", galerie chantal crousel, paris, 2006

image

fault lines, 2013

ten metamorphic and igneous rocks (performance by evan corn and douglas butler, from the american boychoir school)

dimensions variable

installation view: "fault lines," gladstone gallery, new york, 2014

image

compass, 2009

suspended wooden drop ceiling, dancers (raymundo vega, depicted)

dimensions variable

installation view: "compass" kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2011

photo: michel zabé

image

landmark (footprints), 2002

24 color photographs

20 x 24 inches each

image

land mark, 1999-2003

felt

48 x 95 feet, approximately

commissioned for "common wealth," at the tate modern, october-december 2003 and "land mark," escuela de artes plásticas, san juan, puerto rico, summer 2003

intallation view: tate modern

image

intermission (halloween iraq iv), 2010

handmade print from wood template (ink on muslin)

120 x 168 inches

image

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

installation view: galerie chantal crousel

image

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

installation view: galerie chantal crousel

image

returning a sound, 2004

single channel standard definition video, color, sound

5:42 minutes

image

algorithm, 2011

ATM, pipe organ, computer

232.38 x 120.13 x 59.13 inches

installation view: "gloria," US pavilion, presented by the indianapolis museum of art, 54th international art exhibition, la bienal di venezia, italy, 2011

photo: andrew bordwin

image

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel HD video, color, sound

23:30 minutes

image

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel HD video, color, sound

23:30 minutes

image

raptor's rapture, 2012

single channel color HD video, with sound

23:30 minutes

image

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

still images

image

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

installation view: "apotome", galerie chantal crousel, paris

photo: marc domage

image

apatome, 2013

super 16mm color film transferred to HD video, color, sound

23:09 minutes

installation view: "apotome", galerie chantal crousel, paris

photo: marc domage

image

intervals, 2014

re-configured acrylic lecterns, dinosaur bones

dimensions variable

installation view "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

image

lifespan, 2014

hadean period rock sample and 3 vocalists. performed by the crossing, composition by david lang (steven bradshaw, depicted)

approximately 15:00 minutes

installation view: "intervals," the fabric workshop and museum, philadelphia, 2014

photo: carlos avendaño

image

3, 2013

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

18:22 minutes

image

3, 2013

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

18:22 minutes

image

chalk, 1998-2002

12 chalks

8 x 8 x 64 inches

exhibition view: pasaje santa rosa, III bienal iberoamericana de lima, 2002

photo: allora & calzadilla

image

cyclonic palm tree, 2004

palm tree, fan, motor

dimensions variable

installation view: "ciclonismo," galerie chantal crousel, paris, 2004

image

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

image

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

image

a man screaming is not a dancing bear, 2008

super 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound

11:15 minutes

film still

image

under discussion, 2005

standard definition video, color, sound

6:14 minutes

film still

image

under discussion, 2005

standard definition video, color, sound

6:14 minutes

film still

image

contract (AOC I), 2014

silkscreen on linen

72 x 96 inches

image

contract (SWMU 7), 2014

silkscreen on linen

72 x 96 inches

allora & calzadilla
* allora b. 1974, United States and calzadilla b. 1971, Cuba

 

During the past twenty years, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have developed an expansive and experimental body of work. They use sculpture, live performance, video, sound, and photography in varying combinations to evoke contemporary geopolitics, cultural artifacts, and the deep time of archaeological history. In so doing, they interrogate the structural and narrative conventions of storytelling and explore the potential of language and materiality to give meaning to their artistic research. Allora & Calzadilla have studied the ephemeral nature of collective drawing with monumental sticks of chalk at the Biennial de Lima, Peru (Chalk [Lima], 1998–2002); the imprints of colonial, nationalist, and military violence on the diverse populations and landscapes of Vieques, Puerto Rico (Landmark, 2001–2002); and the resonance of playing, warping, and combining music from various moments in history (Clamor, 2006, Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano, 2008 and Raptor’s Rapture, 2012.) Their work challenges viewers to build meaning through interpretation by reading the work as literal, metaphorical, evidential, and political, but also to take part in the work as an experiential event that heightens one’s aesthetic sensibility. 

 

Jennifer Allora received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Guillermo Calzadilla received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College (2001). Collaborating since 1995, Allora & Calzadilla were finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize (2006) and the Nam June Paik Award (2006). They are the recipients of other prizes, including: the Gwangju Biennial Prize (2004); Penny McCall Foundation Grant (2003); Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2002) and the Cintas Fellowship (2002-2001).

 

Their most important exhibitions include: Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), a DIA Art Foundation Commission in Guayanilla/Penuelas Puerto Rico (2015); Intervals, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, United States (2014); Fault Lines, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi at Palazzo Cusani Milan, Italy (2013); Gloria, US Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2011); Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla, MoMA, New York (2010); Allora & Calzadilla, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009) Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany (2008); Never Mind that Noise you Heard, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008); Clamor, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2007); Allora & Calzadilla, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Wake Up, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States (2017); Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst SMAK, Ghent, Belgium (2006), and Land Mark, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2006).

 

Moreover, their work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States (2014); Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France (2013); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León MUSAC, León, Spain (2011); Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, United States (2010); Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2010); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, United States (2010); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2009); The New Museum, New York, United States, Museo d’arte moderna e Contemporaneo MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy (2008); Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States; Smith College, Northampton, United States (2007); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2007); Grand Palais, Paris, France (2006), Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Germany (2006), among others.

 

They have also participated in various biennials, such as: the 56th & 51st Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2015-2005); the 10th and 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2014-2008), the 9th and 6th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013 and 2007); the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana Slovenia (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012), the 12th and 10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011 and 2007); the 29th and 14th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2010 -1998); 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2008); the 9th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2007); the 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2005- 2007); the 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2007), the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, United States (2006); the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2005); the 6th Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (2004);  the III Bienal Iberoamericana, Lima, Peru (2002), and the VII Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (2000).

 

Allora and Calzadilla currently live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico.