Rodney Graham – Garage MCA, MoscowGarage Museum, Moscow through July 5, 2021 www.garagemca.org
For Rodney Graham’s first showcase in Russia, Garage will present one of his key works, Phonokinetoscope (2001), which highlights the Canadian artist and musician’s idiosyncratic understanding of the relationship between moving images, sound, and narrative building.
Phonokinetoscope is a complex symbiotic experiment where the traditional synchronization of sound with image and narrative is disrupted not only by the limitations imposed by the specially-built equipment but also by the random intervention of the audience. In the 16mm looped film we see a solitary Graham on a bicycle ride through Tiergarten in Berlin, evoking Albert Hofmann’s historic bike ride home from his laboratory in 1943 after making an interesting scientific discovery.
Loop after loop, the artist takes us on a ride of our own through the carefully choreographed constellation of sonic correlations, poetic congruences, and cinematic and literary associations.
In the Spotlight of the Night – Life in the Gloom with Martin Boyce, Rodney Graham & Philippe ParrenoMarta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford October 26, 2019 – February 9, 2020 www.marta-herford.de
The invention of the light bulb is an achievement of the 19th century which, particularly in the pulsating metropolises of the world, put an end to the natural alternation of day and night. Glaringly illuminated filling stations, shopping centers, shift work and night clubs are just some aspects of this development.
The night without boundaries is the focus of this major exhibition, presenting works from early modernism to the present in pursuit of the question of how the natural order of bright and dark, of activity and sleep has been turned on its head, how perception and everyday routine change fundamentally and intermediate worlds are created. In pictures, sculptures and installations, visitors can experience how the twilight can inspire the imagination and how the masquerade of nocturnal actors is brightly exposed in the glare of artificial light.
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Duet With Artists: with Angela Bulloch, Rodney Graham, Pierre Huyghe, and Tino SehgalMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusen Through August 27, 2017 www.museum-morsbroich.de