SCORES – Jorinde Voigt


Song of the Earth


The drawings by Jorinde Voigt, conceived primarily in cycles and called notations and scores by the artist herself, form the core of the artist’s multifaceted oeuvre alongside photographic works, actions, objects and (sound) installations. From Song of the Earth, a projected eight-part cycle of drawings on which Voigt is currently working, the first four chapters are presented in the exhibition: Radical Relaxation – Stress and Freedom, The Shift, Divine Territory and The Farewell. The associative starting point of this new work series is the symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. Comparable to Mahler’s individual songs, each chapter in Voigt’s drawing cycle is devoted to a different subject, whose parameters the artist investigates in complex pictorial systems and in so doing enables them to be seen and experienced as concepts.

At the invitation of the cooperating partners Freunde Guter Musik Berlin, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Kunstraum Innsbruck and Klangspuren Schwaz, Voigt had the first chapters of her Song of the Earth interpreted musically by the zeitkratzer ensemble under the direction of Reinhold Friedl. The artist prepared a smaller copy of the drawings for each ensemble musician to serve as notation. Based on the visual imagery, the ensemble then assigned individual elements to individual instrumental groups, so that each module is assigned a timbre. The individually annotated music sheets correspond to a time span of three minutes. On view in the exhibition are both the drawings and the nine scores for the separate voices of the ensemble.

In cooperation with Kunstraum Innsbruck and Klangspuren Schwaz.

Jorinde Voigt, Song of the Earth
Exhibition view “Scores”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2016
Photo: Thomas Bruns, © Courtesy the artist, König Galerie, Berlin, David Nolan Gallery, New York, and Lisson Gallery, London

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