Tacet

Ari Benjamin Meyers
January 17 – February 3, 2019

Exhibition view

Ari Benjamin Meyers, Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Ari Benjamin Meyers, Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

 

Elements from Who's Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention 1), 2016 (front and right)

49 musical modules (digital print on paper), 15 meta scores (foil print, projected), 1 theme (blind embossing, paper), 52 manufactured stands for instruments (pine/spruce, white lacquered) 

 

A selection of t-shirts and a poster from The Art (Zurich), 2016 (back)

 

Exhibition view

Ari Benjamin Meyers, Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

A selection of t-shirts and a poster from The Art (Zurich), 2016 (right)

 

Works from the series Atlas of Melodies, 2015 (through the doorway)
Handwritten scores on found paper
 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

 

 
 

 

 

Anthem, 2017

 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Ari Benjamin Meyers, Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Vexations 2, 2013 
Graphite pencil on paper
840 sheets of custom-made music paper, installation variable, sheets 31.5 x 24 cm each
  

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Objects from Solo for Ayumi, 2017

 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Duet, 2014 (right)
2 scores on paper, 2 music stands, pdf file, instructions
 
Atlas of Melodies, 2015 (left and back wall)
Handwritten scores on found paper
 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Elements from Who's Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention 1), 2016 (front and right)

49 musical modules (digital print on paper), 15 meta scores (foil print, projected), 1 theme (blind embossing, paper), 52 manufactured stands for instruments (pine/spruce, white lacquered) 

 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Elements from Who's Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention 1), 2016

49 musical modules (digital print on paper), 15 meta scores (foil print, projected), 1 theme (blind embossing, paper), 52 manufactured stands for instruments (pine/spruce, white lacquered) 

 

Exhibition view
Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, 2019
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Tacet

Ari Benjamin Meyers
Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel
January 17 – February 3, 2019
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Tacet, from Latin tacere, is a playing instruction in music. If it appears in a score, the instrumentalist or singer is required to pause during the marked interval – to remain silent. 

Absence, silence and the idiosyncratic power of imagination and memory are performed in the first institutional solo survey exhibition of the American artist and composer – Ari Benjamin Meyers – in Germany. In Meyers’ enactment, the visitor enters a staged situation rather than an exhibition space. She or he inevitably becomes part of the scenario invoked in Tacet. Meyers – who in his work explores, transgresses and shifts the boundaries between the disciplines of music and art – combines in the Kasseler Kunstverein aspects of immersive theater with questions of contemporary art and music. 

The installation refers to a selection of performances by the artist, all of which are missing the corresponding characteristics of music, sound and movement. Two voices eventually break through the silence in Tacet: the voice of the peculiar archivist performed by art historian Jörn Schafaff, and that of the visitor her or himself. 

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