Discussion: The Present Moment


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Conversation — Anri Sala: The Present Moment


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In discussion: Anri Sala; Bridget MacRae, solo cellist with the Münchener Kammerorchester [Munich Chamber Orchestra]; and Alexander Liebreich, artistic director of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Moderated by Patrizia Dander, curator of the installation "The Present Moment". 

The work of Anri Sala is characterized by the exploration of the relationship between architecture and music. In recent years the artist has increasingly turned to classical music for this purpose. His presentation in the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 was based on Maurice Ravel's "Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand". For his work on view in Haus der Kunst, "The Present Moment", his point of departure was the string sextet "Transfigured Night (Op. 4)", a chamber music composition by Arnold Schönberg. For this sound and video installation created in the context of the annual commission "Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst", Sala adopted Schönberg's piece in a sensitive manner, translating it into a spatial-temporal mediation on the experience of "temporal presence" in an art form that is fleeting and ephemeral. The sound and image recordings were realized in collaboration with musicians from the Münchener Kammerorchester, who were important dialogue partners for the implementation of Sala's ideas. The group's artistic director, Alexander Liebreich, also accompanied the project as a musical consultant. The discussion will address differences and points of contact between musical and visual artistic approaches, particularly in relation to the realization process of "The Present Moment". 

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