Rodney Graham A Little Thought, 2000 Still single channel video (color, sound) 3’ 54’’ Courtesy Sammlung Goetz

Resonance and Silence – Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst

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Exhibition overview

The acoustic perception of moving images in space is one of the great possibilities of video art. Yet images and sounds can also be interpreted differently and read anew, particularly through the strong impact of sounds on our emotional state. This, within the framework of rarely addressed subject matter, is the focus of the third presentation of the cooperation between Sammlung Goetz and Haus der Kunst. 

The artists in the show approach the possibilities of video art in a wide variety of ways: In his work Telephones (1995), Christian Marclay combines film scenes with famous actors in such a way that they appear to be calling one other; in his both systematic and humorous montage, the different ringing sounds – those from the cradle and of the rotary dial, and the bits and pieces of conversation – sound like music. In the video The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2008) by Christoph Brech, the viewer thinks he hears something, although all he sees is gravestones surrounded by grass. Silence as a lack of stimuli triggers sound memories in the viewer.

In Wolfgang Tillmans’ minimalistic video Lights (Body) (2000–02) the atmosphere of a club night in the 1980s or 1990s is evoked by the disco lighting and the song "Don't be Light" by Air. The dual meaning of the word "light" – as a noun or as an adjective – can thus be interpreted as the body's liberation from gravity through dance or as a reference to life’s volatility. 

"Resonance and Silence" also presents works by Francis Alÿs, Hans Op de Beeck, David Claerbout, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Gary Hill, Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler, Tim Lee, Nira Pereg, Anri Sala, and Guido van der Werve.