John Cage described the equivalent of silence in the visual arts as “nothingtoseeness” and circumscribes nothingness through seeing and feeling. The NOTHINGTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence exhibition is dedicated to this experience of seeing and the broad spectrum of meanings of the colour white, emptiness and silence.
The works of 75 international artists selected as examples deal with the relationship between material composition and surface and context, tone and silence, fullness and emptiness, complexity and simplicity, meaning and meaninglessness. The artisticaesthetic practices of the 1950s/60s, shaped by monochrome painting, developed simultaneously in exchange between the USA and Europe and are still relevant today.
After art reception shifted to virtual space because of the pandemic, paintings, photographic works, videos, film and sound works, sculptures and site-specific installations can now be explored in the analogue experiential space of the exhibition halls on Hanseatenweg.
The evening programme focuses on the artists crys cole, Arnold Dreyblatt and Phillip Sollmann who are active in Berlin as well as internationally and whose musical activities have never been presented before at the Akademie der Künste.
In responding conceptually to the exhibition theme of “nothing-to-see-ness”, the live perform- ers interface electronic, acoustic, haptic and perceptual audio processes while referencing their diverse musical biographies in an evening of exploratory sonic imaginations.
Sound Effects – Finissage NOTHINGTOSEENESS white/Void/Silence
11.12.2021 | Doors 18:45 CET | Starts 19:00 CET
Akademie der Künste | Hanseatenweg 10 | 10557 Berlin