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 second project included a tribute to the work and musical ideas of Martin Bartlett (1939–93) in the commissioned film by Luke Fowler.
The new collaboration is an exhibition and a 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 calls Epistemic Art.
As a part of her retrospective exhibition Catherine Christer Hennix: Traversée du Fantasme – the first museum solo exhibition in over forty years – on 16 and 17 February 2018, she will present a 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 Hennix’s work in a Symposium at the Stedelijk’s Teijin Auditorium.
The exhibition 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 performance Blue(s) in Green to the 31 Limit and the exhibition Catherine Christer Hennix: Traversée du Fantasme are organised by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in collaboration with Sonic Acts as part of their collaborative mission to diversify the canon of sound art.
Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Catherine Christer Hennix, Algebra w/ Domains, acrylic paint on canvas, dyptich, total dimensions 200 x 500 cm, 1973-1991