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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: 1974, Philadelphia, United States. Calzadilla 1971, Havana, Cuba.

 

During the past twenty years, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have developed an expansive and experimental body of work. They use sculpture, performance, video, sound, and photography in varying combinations to evoke contemporary geopolitics, cultural artifacts, and the ‘deep time’ of archaeological history. They give meaning to their artistic research by delving and questioning the structural and narrative conventions of storytelling and the potential of language and materiality.  Allora & Calzadilla have studied the cooperative and catalytic nature of impromptu collective drawing with ephemeral materials at the Lima biennial in 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 projects challenge viewers to build meaning through a literal, metaphorical, evidential, and political reading of the work; but also to participate in it as an experience that heightens aesthetic sensibility.

 

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

 

Among their most important projects and exhibitions are: Unspecified Promise, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, United States (2017); Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact, Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), Edmonton, Canada (2016); Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), a DIA Art Foundation commission in the Southern Coast of Puerto Rico (2015); Intervals, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, United States (2014); Fault Lines, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi at the Palazzo Cusani, Milan, Italy (2013); Gloria, US Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial (2011); Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla, MoMA- Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Allora & Calzadilla, Nasjonalmuseet, 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 (2007); Allora & Calzadilla, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Wake Up, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, United States (2017); Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, S.M.A.K.-Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2006), and Land Mark, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006).

 

Their work has also been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, South Korea (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), (2017); an exhibition by Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2017); South London Gallery (SLG) (2016); MAMM-Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2016); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014);  Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (2013); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León MUSAC, Spain (2011); Princeton University Art Museum, United States (2010); The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2010); Aspen Art Museum, United States (2010); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2009); New Museum, New York (2008); Museion – museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Bolzano, Italy (2008); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States (2007); Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, United States (2007); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); Grand Palais, Paris (2006), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, (2006), among others.

 

They have also participated in various biennials, such as: Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj, United Arab Emirates (2017); International Art Exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennial (2015); the 10th and 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014 and 2008); 9a and 6a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013 and 2007); the 30 th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 12. and 10. Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011 and 2007); 29 a and 14 a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010 and 1998); the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008); 9e Biennale de Lyon, France (2007); the 1 st y 2 nd Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005 and 2007); Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirates (2007); Whitney Biennial 2006, New York; the International Art Exhibition at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005); 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China (2005); 6e Biennale de l’Art africain contemporain, DAK’ART, Dakar, Senegal (2004);  III Bienal Iberoamericana de Lima, Peru (2002); and 8 Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (2000).

 

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