ArtScience Museum, Singapore presents Orchestral maneuvers: See his. Feel the sound. Be healthy.
To mark its tenth anniversary, ArtScience Museum has brought together sound and art through the work of 32 artists and composers from eight countries, who explore sound, soundscapes and music in the form of sculpture, installation and video. The exhibition is itself a complex soundscape, an auditory and visual journey that expands the notion of what sound and music are, and how they can be experienced.
âThe exhibition is not a quiet experience. It’s not a concert. It’s not a performance or some kind of recital. Rather, it is a form of curatorial orchestration, with different historical stories, voices and sounds overlapping as visitors weave their way through the galleries. Honor Harger, Executive Director of the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.
Orchestral maneuvers features sound art projects, early musical notation, experimental scores, sound sculptures and video installations. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the first presentation in Southeast Asia of the flagship work of art, The Forty Part Motet (A redesign of “Spem in Alium”, by Thomas Tallis 1556), 2001 by Janet Cardiff.
âMost of us swim in an ocean of sound, most of which is ignored or ignored. This exhibition invites visitors to listen differently, to listen to the incredible and unknown sounds of our world. While some artists create works of art that make sound visible, others explore sound from the perspective of its opposite: silence. Other artists expose and subvert the rules and grammar of music – how it is written or could be written, how it is performed and how it can be composed or created now. Others use the human voice – the oldest way to produce sound – as a way to articulate ideas of community, society, and the challenges that arise when the human voice is muffled. Whatever journey you take Orchestral maneuvers, music will never sound the same again. Adrian George, Director of Exhibitions, Curator, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.
Artists and composers include Nevin AladaÄ (Germany), Song-Ming Ang (Singapore), Cory Arcangel (United States), John Cage (United States), Janet Cardiff (Canada), Chen Zhen (China), Phil Collins ( United Kingdom), Hsiao Sheng -Chien (Taiwan), Jeremy Deller (United Kingdom), Toshi Ichiyanagi (Japan), Idris Khan (United Kingdom), Zul Mahmod (Singapore), Robert Morris (United States), Carsten Nicolai (Germany), Hannah Perry (United Kingdom), Pauline Oliveros (United States), Yoko Ono (Japan / United States), Hannah Perry (United Kingdom), RAW Art Space (Malaysia), Luigi Russolo (Italy ), Christine Sun Kim (United States), Timm Ulrichs (Germany), Gillian Wearing (United Kingdom), Peter Weibel (Germany), Samson Young (Hong Kong) and Ashley Zelinskie (United States).
We thank all the artists and lenders without whom we could not have made this exhibition.
Organized by Adrian George with Amita Kirpalani and Honor Harger
See a virtual tour of the exhibition here.