BALLADS OF THE BEASTS, VOICES OF THE ANIMAL WORLD IN AN EXHIBITION ON VINYL
BY CLARA MEISTER
2 Rue du Bac, 78400 Chatou, France
Exhibit runs 11-05-2016 till 03–19-2017
Below is an explanation taken from the Cneai website.
With: Sarah Darwin, Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot, Cevdet Erek, Elise Florenty & Marcel Turkowsky, Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey, Louise Lawler, a recording of an Inuit song, Cia Rinne, Yann Sérandour and Samon Takahashi.
The project of the German commissioner Clara Meister aims to introduce animal voice, a language we do not understand. The selected works are playing with human voices imitating animal sounds and animal voices. The human voice translates animal sounds to give them meaning and to express something beyond human language, which is facing its limits. With the voices of animals, we let go "outside" in the wild exhibit space.
This project is developed in an unusual format. It is not intended to take place exclusively in the CNEAI exhibition space, but in a sound space: it is a "registered exhibition" vinyl format. This follows the classical model of exhibition design: a floor plan defines an entry with a counter, followed by exhibition which showcases the works areas. The basic idea is to translate the format of the exhibition in a sound medium: an exhibition whose place is not space but time and the experience of listening.
The voice is invisible and yet it creates images. The voice is not a space object but yet need a space in which spread its acoustic vibrations. All these aspects are highlighted in the works for human and animal voices, whether they cry, laugh, sing or bark.
The project will be presented to CNEAI, National Center Edition Art Image Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 13:00. The LP is available for sale at: www.cneai.com/editions
What fun it would be to go to Paris to “hear” this exhibit! I worked with Clara Meister, the curator who contacted me and gathered my vocalizations to create this work of art. She was so nice to work with! She promised to send me a copy of the exhibit on vinyl. If you live in or near Paris, please go visit and tell me about it! I hope you enjoy it!