Whitechapel Gallery

Music for Museums

17 Sep - 29 Nov 2015

17 September - 29 November 2015

From compositions of the faintest possible sounds emitted by instruments, human bodies or electronic apparatuses, to music derived from mathematical systems and works featuring the feedback of electric guitars, Music for Museums explores the intersection of visual art and experimental music.

This season of live music and film has its roots in the 1960s when museums became a site of experimentation and collaboration between artists and musicians in contrast to the more conservative concert halls. It features a series of live performances, a film programme, and audio interventions in the public areas of the gallery by the collaborative project Support Structure by Céline Condorelli and Gavin Wade.

Live music performances, on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, are ticketed and feature works by groundbreaking avant-garde composers and artists from the Fluxus and Minimalist generation to contemporary compositions and improvisations by electronic and experimental artists and musicians such as Gavin Bryars & Etel Adnan, Rhys Chatham, Mark Fell, Florian Hecker, Hassan Khan, Thurston Moore and Ryoji Ikeda + Carsten Nicolai.

A free programme of film screenings focuses on the dynamic relationship between moving image and music with works by Cory Arcangel, Sonia Boyce & Ain Bailey, Beatrice Gibson, Ken Jacobs, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Jayne Parker, Elizabeth Price, Manon de Boer, Mika Taanila and Tony Cokes.

Music for Museums takes its name from a 2008 audio project by Céline Condorelli and Gavin Wade/Support Structure, originally commissioned by Arnolfini, Bristol.

Conceived in association with: Guest Curator Tom Trevor.

In partnership with:
The Vinyl Factory

Tags: Etel Adnan, Cory Arcangel, Manon de Boer, Sonia Boyce, Celine Condorelli, Florian Hecker, Ryoji Ikeda, Ken Jacobs, Mikhail Karikis, Hassan Khan, Carsten Nicolai, Uriel Orlow, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Elizabeth Price