Artist talk

Sergei Tcherepnin in conversation with Fiona McGovern and Axel Wieder
November 9th, 2014

After a joint tour of Sergei Tcherepnin’s exhibition »Body Bound Notations«, during which he will »actualize« several of his sound sculptures, Fiona McGovern and Axel Wieder will talk with him about the underlying musical and theoretical concepts, as well as the potentials and problems involved in working with sound in an exhibition context. A special role is played by Tcherepnin’s idea of »Queer Sounds« and »Queer Listening«, as well as his collaboration with the composer Maryanne Amacher who died in 2009.

Sergei Tcherepnin is a composer, musician and artist, and currently lives and works in New York. His performances and exhibitions include The MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pavilion of Georgia at the 55th Venice Biennale, Murray Guy, New York, The Kitchen, New York, Karma International, Zurich, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil. He participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and is a recipient of 2014 Villa Romana Fellowship in Florence, Italy.

Fiona McGovern is a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Centre 626 »Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits« and, until the end of November, 2014, Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University New York, where she is preparing her post-doc project on the interfaces and transgressions of art and music since the 1960s. Her dissertation titled »Die Kunst zu zeigen. Künstlerische Ausstellungsdisplays bei Joseph Beuys, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley und Manfred Pernice« will be published next year by transcript-Verlag. She also works as a freelance writer and regularly publishes in exhibition catalogues and art magazines including Texte zur Kunst, frieze d/e, and Springerin. In 2012 she and Magnus Schäfer organised the studio reihe musik at the Projektraum Studio in Berlin.

Axel Wieder is a curator, writer and founding member of the thematic bookstore Pro qm in Berlin. After working as director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2007–2010) and the Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts in Bristol (2012-2014), he is now the director of Index-the Swedish Contemporay Art Foundation in Stockholm. In 2012 he organised an exhibition dedicated to the work of the composer and artist Maryanne Amacher at the daadgalerie in Berlin, which included concerts and screenings at Hamburger Bahnhof and other locations in Berlin. In addition to delivering lectures internationally on the history and theory of exhibitions, architecture, social space, and political representation, he has edited numerous books and regularly publishes in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and periodicals including Spike, Frieze, Mousse, and Texte zur Kunst.

The conversation will be held in English and is a cooperation with the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg.