Ari Benjamin Meyers

Born 1972 in New York, United States.
Lives and works in Berlin.

Education

1996–1998 Concert-Exam Conducting, Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler, Berlin
1994–1996 M.M. Conducting, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD
1990–1994 B.A. cum laude, Yale College Prize, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1990–1997 The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, New York, NY

Projects and Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2017 Symphony 80, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
An exposition, not an exhibition, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
2016 Who’s Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention I), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Elevator Music, TRAFO, Szczecin
Memories of the Future, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
2015 Symphony X (Installation Version), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Untitled for Choir (Beating Time), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2014 Just in Time, Just in Sequence, Schauspielhaus, Bochum
The Lightning and Its Flash (Solo for Conductor), New Initiative for Europe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2013–2014 Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
2009 SOLO, Die Loge, Berlin

Ari Benjamin Meyers’ work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. His conceptual projects and installations often draw attention to concrete details of music-making otherwise taken for granted and make tangible underlying conceptual operations. Recent works have addressed music scores themselves, forms and arrangements of musical instruments and ensembles, concert settings, and gestures of performers and conductors. At the same time, his compositions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience, giving form to the practice of musicians and composers, and musical structures in the context of visual art.


Trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Ari Benjamin Meyers became more widely known in the context of the visual and performative arts in 2007 as musical director and conductor of the group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino, (Manchester International Festival, 2007 and Art Basel, 2009). Meyers presented his first solo exhibition at Esther Schipper in 2013.

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