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SCORES: Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jorinde Voigt

20.09.2016, Berlin | The exhibition and concert project SCORES in the series “Works of Music by Visual Artists,” which opens at Hamburger Bahnhof on October 27, 2016, at 7 p.m., is devoted to the subject of the musical score, which since the 1960s has been understood as a varied and versatile recording medium going well beyond traditional notation. The contributions by Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, and Jorinde Voigt use different media – text and object, video and comic, drawing and concept – to make this subject the focus of an exhibition accompanied by concerts. Since 2005, the Ernst Schering Foundation has repeatedly supported the series “Works of Music by Visual Artists,” which was initiated by the association Verein Freunde Guter Musik Berlin and has supported such important artists as Carsten Nicolai (2005), Ryoji Ikeda (2012), and Susan Philipsz (2014).

Scores at Hamburger Bahnhof, supported by Ernst Schering Foundation, image: Jorinde Voigt

Despite their differing approaches, all the selected artists are interested in the transformation of one medium into another, a process that is accomplished in close collaboration with the participating musicians. The scores are presented as drawings, objects, lyrics, graphic-photographic-film notation, and as concepts that generate musical events and performances. Almost all of the works presented on a grand scale in the Rieckhallen of the Hamburger Bahnhof have been recently created on commission; they will be performed, piece by piece, in the spaces in which they are exhibited.

Vice de forme: Das Kabarett, a work developed by Saâdane Afif together with the composer Augustin Maurs, will be presented in both an opening event and a concert on the last day of the exhibition. A Yamaha player piano will play First Notes, recorded at the opening, during the exhibition.

Christian Marclay’s new comic book To Be Continued will be performed by ensemBle baBel. Also on view by the artist are a video film collage and a slideshow which serve as musical scores for the ensemble and the performer Shelley Hirsch and Elliott Sharp. All of these works are being presented for the first time in Berlin.

The first four chapters of Song of the Earth, a projected eight-part cycle of drawings currently being created by Jorinde Voigt, will be on view and partly performed by Ensemble zeitkratzer. Audio recordings from the concerts devoted respectively to the works of Marclay and Voigt will afterward play in their areas of the exhibition.

Ari Benjamin Meyers has developed a series of “Meta-Scores,” inspired by Sol LeWitt’s Instruction Pieces; each day, they will be newly translated and performed by the composer Wojtek Blecharz and the flautist Susanne Fröhlich. On the exhibition’s last day, all the interpretations created and rehearsed during the exhibition will be performed once more, now by heart.

SCORES: Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jorinde Voigt

Opening: October 27, 2016, 7 p.m.

On the occasion of the opening: October 27, 2016, 8 p.m.: Vice de forme (First Notes), with Augustin Maurs (piano)
October 28 and 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
November 13, 2016, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Get tickets for concerts from:

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstr. 50/51, 10557 Berlin

Exhibition Dates: October 28 – November 13, 2016
Tue, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat + Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ingrid Buschmann / Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V.
Gabriele Knapstein / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Further information:

A project by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in cooperation with Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. With support from Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin – Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation. Made possible by funding from Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Ernst Schering Foundation.


Jorinde Voigt, Berlin 2016: Partitur Radical Relaxation (I) bis (VII) Stress + Freiheit (Rousseau), P. Sloterdijk, je 41,5 x 29,5 cm (7-teilig, Teil 1), Tinte und Tusche auf Ditone-Print, Nummeriert Kollaboration von Jorinde Voigt und zeitkratzer Original beschrifteter Druck für die
Aufnahme am 19. Juni 2016, UdK Berlin 1 von 10 Partitursätzen
Christian Marclay: Screen Play, 2005 Single channel video projection, black and white with color,
silent, 29 min. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Saâdane Afif: Vice de forme, 2009 White Carrara marble Sphere Ø 14 cm, Cylinder Ø 7 x 31,5
cm, Cube 10,5 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm First presentation in Variété, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin,
2009 Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri Foto: Afif Office

Scores at Hamburger Bahnhof, supported by Ernst Schering Foundation, image: Christian Marclay

Scores at Hamburger Bahnhof, supported by Ernst Schering Foundation, image: Saâdane Afif


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