“It is not so much about the performance in and of itself or even the idea that we perform something for others, but much more the space that’s opened up by this intersection between audience, musician, and music.”
Ari Benjamin Meyers, 2016Ari Benjamin Meyers
’ first institutional solo exhibition in Italy, In Concert
, curated by Valentina Lacinio
and Judith Waldmann
, fills the space of OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni
from March 1
to April 14, 2019
with something that goes beyond music: a variety of social interactions and experiences. Originally trained as a conductor and composer Meyers carries the visitor past the limits and boundaries of classical western music, overcoming the distance between performers and listeners, here no longer understood as active senders and passive recipients. Meyers aims to create “a real relationship among the audience and performers and with the music.”In Concert
brings us back to the Latin roots of the term concert
– meaning playing or singing together, without originally implying any division between performer and listener. Meyers creates an immersive space for musical encounters, exchanges, and experiments, involving everyone present in the given moment.
During the six-week exhibition, a group of eight performers will enact a selection of Meyers’ works. A meta-score composed by the artist provides the structure for the entire exhibition and gives rhythm to the succession of the arrangement of performances. Starting from the central piece of the show, the large-scale performance Serious Immobilities
(2013), the unique path of In Concert
(2014), for example, the visitor is invited to sing along, face to face, with one of the performers.The New Empirical (840hz)
(2013), consists of a modified grand piano. Solely through its presence, an invitation is extended to the audience to take the stage by playing it.
Meyers’ will also present a new work, K Club
(2019), specifically conceived for In Concert
and designed in dialogue with OGR
’s twofold mission of art and concert space. K Club
reverses the experience of clubbing: instead of being part of a multitude, the visitor finds him or herself alone in the spacious, post-industrial concert hall, protagonist of an intimate pas de deux
with the DJ.
Text by Judith Waldmann.
The exhibition is curated by Valentina Lacinio and Judith Waldmann.
Performers: Amos Cappuccio, Chiara Cecconello, Sandhya Daemgen, Michela Depetris, Thomsen Merkel, Edoardo Mozzanega, Lisa Perrucci, Jan Terstegen.Ari Benjamin Meyers – In Concert
at the OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin, Italy follows Ari Benjamin Meyers – Tacet
at Kasseler Kunstverein
, Kassel, Germany (18.01. – 03.02.2019) curated by Judith Waldmann.
The Kasseler Kunstverein and the OGR Turin are grateful for the generous support by Esther Schipper, Berlin
The music to K Club
is composed by Ari Benjamin Meyers with Deadbeat.
Produced in association with The Italian New Wave.
Featuring Gang Of Ducks (XIII, Sabla), Mana, Matteo Martino.
Lighting designer: Giovanni Ricciardi
Set design: Francesco Fassone
Artist consultant: Anja Lindner (Studio Ari Benjamin Meyers)Click here to download the exhibition brochure.