SCORES – Saâdane Afif


Saâdane Afif
Vice de forme: Das Kabarett


The installative works by Saâdane Afif often call to mind production processes in music: he works with scores/concepts, song texts, composition, posters and recording media. In a continuous and potentially unfinished process of transformation, and with the incorporation of authors, musicians and performers, the artist generates a fascinating network of relationships and references.

The exhibition Vice de forme: Das Kabarett is based on Saâdane Afif’s 2009 sculpture Vice de forme, comprising a cylinder, cube and sphere, in which the artist references the sculpture Hommage à priape (1920/1972) by Man Ray and the cartoon Psychose d’attentat (1974) by the French comic artist Reiser. Vice de forme forms the starting point in turn for sixteen poetic interpretations or sets of lyrics, composed by different authors on the subject of this work. Based on these lyrics, the composer Augustin Maurs has developed a cabaret for a female vocalist and a pianist. After Maurs has played and recorded the First Notes of this composition on the Player Piano at the opening event, they will be played within the Vice de forme exhibit throughout its duration. As protagonists of the cabaret, the three gigantic geometric shapes accompany both the First Notes opening performance and the concert In Songs at the end of the exhibition, at which all the lyrics are interpreted and performed by the singer Anna Clementi and the pianist Clemens Hund-Göschel. The work’s musical transposition will later be released in a vinyl edition and thus continue the ongoing process of translation.

Saâdane Afif, Vice de forme: Das Kabarett
Exhibition view “Scores”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2016
Foto: Thomas Bruns, © Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri.

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