O Grivo participates in group show centered in the role of sound in contemporary art

(São Francisco, US)

“Soundtracks”, ongoing exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), is the museum’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art. The group show is on view until January 2018 and presents past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from over twenty contemporary artists, including the duo O Grivo, nominated for PIPA Prize 2010.

Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building. Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation, and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Select pieces address the association of “soundtracks” with film scores in unexpected ways, while others take various approaches to visualizing the relationship between sound and space.

Know for the building of “machines and sound mechanisms” and the unusual use of instruments, O Grivo showcases in the exhibition their work “Cantinela”, an orchestra of low-tech mechanical “instruments”. It is a complex series of simple “open source” operations that unfold over time in a careful spatial arrangement of sonic gestures. As the writer Victor da Rosa notes, the work enacts an “intense relationship between more advanced technologies and more precarious ways of producing music.”

The museum published in its website a digital exhibition catalogue featuring video and audio documentation of works on view, artist interviews, and other multimedia content. For each participating artist, the museum has created a page that contains a texts on the artists and his/her work displayed.  

“Soundtracks”, group show with Amalia Pica, Amor Muñoz, Anri Sala, Bill Fontana, Brian Eno, Camille Norment, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Christina Kubisch, Chris Kallmyer and Mark Allen, Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader, Guy Ben Ner, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Lyota Yagi, O Grivo, Paul DeMarinis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Ragnar Kjartansson, Richard T. Walker, Sergei Tcherepnin, Susan Philipsz.
On view from July 15th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018

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