allora & calzadilla, carlos amorales and tarek atoui in - big orchestra

schirn - frankfurt
june 19 - september 8, 2019

allora & calzadilla, performative ellipses, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2016

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