10 Nov 2023 – 13 Jan 2024
10 Nov 2023 – 13 Jan 2024
1 Sep – 28 Oct 2023
16 Jun – 19 Aug 2023
21 Apr – 3 Jun 2023
17 Feb – 8 Apr 2023
Fri 16 June, 7 pm
Welcome and Introduction: Veronika Witte and Carsten Seiffarth
The exhibition Stimme erleben (experiencing the voice) presents five selected positions of sound art that deal with the phenomenon of the voice: from the origin of human sound production, to the poetry of phonemes beyond language, to the production of the voice with analogue-machine-hybrids to its slow technical fading out.
The media artist Valie Export visualises human speech-generation in her iconic performance-video work I turn over the pictures of my voice … by using her own voice as artistic material and linking speech as a bodily act to the text that she speaks, the topic of which is also speech.
The singing and talking machines built over the last 35 years by Martin Riches produce speech with mechanised equivalents of the human vocal tract: lungs, larynx, nose, tongue, teeth and lips. Admired by phoneticists, they have also inspired composers and poets to write for them.
The sound installation Lautprozess-Raum (noise process space; 1995) by Carlfriedrich Claus, in which several sound and speech processes run in parallel, overlap and are triggered by the movement of the people present in the gallery, creates intense spatial layers of sound.
In Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s vocal re-enactment of the once electronic arrangement of a historical sound recording of Schubert’s Leiermann, sung by the ‘heroic baritone’ Hans Hotter in 1943, the context-dependency of experiencing the voice comes to the fore. Sonntag’s work creates an immersive, ambivalent, acoustic, in which history and present become indistinguishably intermingled.
In Mineral Amnesia by Ioana Vreme Moser, the focus lies on the slow erosion of the voice. Through light and time, the sound of digitally stored speech and sound recordings on discarded and reprogrammed historical computer chips shatters – until they fall silent.
Curated by Carsten Seiffarth and Veronika Witte
Programme Series VOICE:over
The Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten’s VOICE:over programme series delves into various phenomena related to voice. With cross-disciplinary exhibition projects, performances and a multifaceted outreach programme, VOICE:over explores the changes in meaning and significance of physical and social forms of the voice – from screams to speech and song to artificial intelligences’ posthuman imitation of the human voice.
Supported by the federal programme “Neustart Kultur” of Stiftung Kunstfonds, by the multi-sector funding as well as the district funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Kindly supported by Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Stiftung Carlfriedrich Claus-Archiv. In cooperation with the N-solabs MAISsCape project (funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds).