allora & calzadilla, carlos amorales and tarek atoui in - big orchestra
Contemporary art has its very own sound. Yet musical instruments, which are simultaneously sculptures, represent a recent development in contemporary art that is still relatively unknown. The starting point for the concept is the extension of the definition of art and music by the Fluxus movement of the 1960s: happenings or actions were understood as “concerts”, because they were structured in a similar fashion. In a group exhibition featuring international artists the SCHIRN presents pieces that also function as musical instruments. The focus of the exhibition, which is itself in a state of constant flux, is the playing of these sculptural instruments. For the duration of the show, the SCHIRN will temporarily morph into a concert hall as the works are activated and sounds arise. Visitors will thus experience the sound of artworks live. The key moment of BIG ORCHESTRA is the activation of the sculptural instruments. Renowned musicians from the fields of New and Experimental Music will work with the instruments in the exhibition in various formats, such as SOUND SESSIONS, and will also develop new compositions. During the BIG O WEEKEND and the BIG O HANGOUTS artists will infuse their own works with sound.
Doug Aitken, Nevin Aladağ, Allora & Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Tarek Atoui, Cevdet Erek, Guillermo Galindo, Constantin Luser, Christian Marclay, Caroline Mesquita, Rie Nakajima, Carsten Nicolai, Pedro Reyes, Naama Tsabar, Hans van Koolwijk, David Zink Yi