SORA KIM and ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS: Ghost Recordings

When 10 May 2013 - 29 Jun 2013
Where Tina Kim Gallery
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
United States

May 10 – June 29 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6-8pm

Press Release:

Tina Kim Gallery is proud to present Sora Kim and Ari Benjamin Meyers’s Ghost Recordings – in their first-time collaboration. Based on a performance developed by Kim and Meyers, the work is comprised of the gallery staff’s daily execution and recording of this performance; each day the recording of the previous day’s performance will be replaced with the new one. The recording will be made on an endless-loop tape and therefore what one actually hears will bear the random traces of earlier recordings. Whereas one part of the work depends on repetition, the other part is comprised of a parallel recording—a recorder at work non-stop, saving the everyday sounds of the gallery (and possibly other locations) day and night forever into the future. At the end of the exhibition, we will be left with the ghost audio of a ritually repeated performance as well as the very last audible minutes of the exhibition in the gallery space. The daily routine will leave one other trace—the accumulation of photographs of the cassette taken each day, as a new date is added to its label. Baring minimal differences, these photographs will serve as a log of the project that alters its ephemeral nature to one slightly more visible and tangible. Walking in the gallery space, one can see the ever-increasing number of these almost identical photographs and listen to the performance recorded on that day, which will bear nuances that only those visiting the exhibition more than once can experience. And that experience will itself be recorded, and then erased…

Sora Kim, born in 1965 in Korea, lives and works in Seoul. Sora Kim is among Korea’s avant-garde artists portraying modern life conditions. She has been involved in many projects that are the result of collaborations with the socially dispossessed or through the participation of observers. By introducing personal relationships into her art, Kim proposes a new model and alternative to existing organizations and systems in our society. Sora Kim’s installations offer provocative and necessary explorations of the subjectivity of value and consumption. Sora Kim has exhibited her work internationally including the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, ArtSonje Center, Rodin Gallery (Seoul), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, REDCAT Gallery (Los Angeles), Atelier Hermès (Seoul), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Busan Biennale (2006), Venice Biennale (2003, 2005) and Yokohama Triennale (2005).

Ari Benjamin Meyers, born 1972 in New York, currently lives and works in Berlin. Trained as a composer and conductor, his work has been increasingly presented in an art context since 2007. In his recent projects and compositions, for example “The Lightning and its Flash (solo for conductor)” (2011), “Symphony X (installation version)” (2012), and “Songbook” (2013) the artist has explored structures that redefine the performative and immaterial nature of music. The range of his activities is evidenced by his numerous collaborations. In addition to several projects with Tino Sehgal he has also collaborated with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster on the installation/performance “NY.2022” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008), “K.62/K.85” for Performa ’09, New York and most recently “T.451” for Tensta Konsthall (2012). Further collaborations include “The Fairytale Recordings” with Saâdane Afif (2011) and “1395 Days Without Red” (2011) and “The Breathing Line” (2012) with Anri Sala. He was Music Director of the staged group show “Il Tempo del Postino” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno (Manchester International Festival, 2007 and Art Basel, 2009). His yearlong installation “Chamber Music (Vestibule)” opened in April 2013 at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. In September 2013 the gallery Esther Schipper will feature the first large-scale solo exhibition of the artist.

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