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Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound

Cory Arcangel, Katja Aufleger, Julia Bünnagel, William Engelen, Mike Hentz, Gregor Hildebrandt, Alicja Kwade, Catherine Lorent, Emeka Ogboh, Sean Snyder, Juergen Staack

Exhibition: June 7 to September 8, 2019

Curator: Ludwig Seyfarth

How images can become tones or sounds become images has always fascinated artists. In various works of contemporary art images, objects, music, sound and language interact in very different ways; a distinct boundary between static and moving forms of art is disappearing, making way for a complexity of different temporal structures. The idea of the exhibition is oriented on the concept of “soundscape”, that R. Murray Schafer developed in his book The Tuning of the World, published in 1977, and on John Cage and his interest in sounds and noises beyond composed musical forms. Hence, the focus is less on the link between art and (pop) music, but rather on artistic ways of dealing with visual and acoustic environments. But what remains of our perception of the environment, when images and sounds, much like all other digitalized data, can be manipulated arbitrarily?

Supported by

Logo Hypo

A cooperation between

Logo KAI10

Logo Grammophon


Accompanying program

, 7 pm

Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound: Opening

Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation

Ludwig Seyfarth, Curator of the exhibition

Mike Hentz with Mikhail Ognianer (Piano)

, 7 pm


How to exhibit sound and music?

Markus Müller will present examples of his curatorial work focussing on interrelationships between music and other fields of artistic practice, followed by a guided tour through the exhibition Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound by curator Ludwig Seyfarth.

, 7 pm


In cooperation with the Deutsche Grammophon:

Presentation of the new vinyl edition of Herbert von Karajan’s 1963 recording of the nine Beethoven symphonies, designed by the artist Gregor Hildebrandt. Julia Bünnagel and Catherine Lorent will contribute new interpretations of Beethovens’ music with acoustic and electronic instruments.

The event takes place in the context of the exhibition Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound.

, 3 pm

Curator's tour | "Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound"

Guided tour with the curator of the exhibition Ludwig Seyfarth

Public guided tours


Public guided tours | 3 pm: 16.6., 30.6., 14.7., 28.7., 11.8., 25.8.2019




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