This week: Catherine Christer Hennix at Stedelijk Museum
In 2017, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Sonic Acts initiated a long-term research trajectory dedicated to the lesser-known pioneers of sound art. The first stage of this collaboration activated the archives of American composer and sound artist Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009).
The latest project and collaboration is an exhibition and new sound piece and performance by the Swedish composer, philosopher, poet, mathematician, and visual artist Catherine Christer Hennix (1948). Although she is best known as a sound artist, she has also produced a body of visual art that crosses the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and anti-art – what Hennix refers to in her own personal nomenclature as Epistemic Art.
As part of her retrospective exhibition Traversée du Fantasme – the first museum solo exhibition in over forty years – on 16 and 17 February 2018, CC Hennix will present the world premiere of her new composition Blue(s) in Green to the 31 Limit with Benjamin Duboc, Rozemarie Heggen, Hilary Jeffery, and Marcus Pal. The work elaborates on concepts of space – specifically attempting to halt our experience of space-based phenomena – and continues the musician’s ongoing experiments in micro-tonality, just intonation and the space of sound. On 18 February, Marcus Boon will discuss CC Hennix’s work in a seminar at the Stedelijk’s Teijin Auditorium.
The exhibition Traversée du Fantasme is curated by Karen Archey, Curator of Contemporary Art and Time-based Media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Lawrence Kumpf, Artistic Director of Blank Forms, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging and underrepresented artists working in time-based media.
The retrospective by Catherine Christer Hennix is organised by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in collaboration with Sonic Acts, as part of the collaborative mission to diversify the canon of sound art.
Tickets for both the performances and seminar are selling out very quickly, so we recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible. Sonic Acts Academy Pass holders can purchase tickets for these events at a discount price (€3*) through the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam website.
* price is valid for Sonic Acts Academy Pass holders (show your ticket at the door)
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Photo by Rosa Menkman
Catherine Christer Hennix, Algebra w/ Domains, acrylic paint on canvas, dyptich, total dimensions 200 x 500 cm, 1973-1991