25.1 — 9.2.2020
Sitting for decades
artist(s): Patrick Muller
curator(s): Kevin Muhlen
Opening: Friday 24.1.2020, 18:00
Sound artist Patrick Muller from Luxembourg is devoting an exhibition called Sitting for decades to Alvin Lucier on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the latter’s composition I am sitting in a room. Muller views the show as a way of approaching the poetry of Lucier’s work experimentally: as if in a search for clues, he quotes principles, plays variations on ideas, and uses what exists to create something new. Muller thus conjoins here his own working methods, which often build on interactivity and feedback systems, with the goal of emulating Lucier’s consistent focus.
This focus, along with the recursive process that plays such a prominent part in I am sitting in a room, guide visitors through the exhibition as connecting threads, turning up in the themes of sound installations, soundwalks, lectures, workshops and performances. In addition to Patrick Muller’s own installations, other artists have been invited to provide insights into their working worlds, to perform Lucier’s compositions, and to join visitors in opening up the city of Luxembourg as a sounding board and the Casino Luxembourg as an acoustic Black Box.
Visual artist Olivier Pestiaux and percussionist Victor Kraus will inaugurate the audiovisual installation Progression during the opening night. The installation will be maintained for the duration of the exhibition, with the presence of Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin).
Alvin Lucier, a pioneer and one of the most influential composers in the field of sound art and experimental music, developed the piece I am sitting in a room some fifty years ago. In the work, an audio recording spoken by Lucier is played back in a room and re-recorded, and then this new recording is played back in turn and recorded again. This process is repeated until, instead of the voice on the original recording, only the acoustics of the room, multiplied several times over, can be heard.
Composed in 1969, the piece was accompanied in 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum for the first time by a series of Polaroids by Mary Lucier – the visual counterpart to the sound.
Patrick Muller is a creative artist in the field of sound art and multimedia installations who focuses on interactive systems and experimental design processes. He develops concepts, creates artistic content, and manages projects in the art field.
Patrick teaches at the SRH Hochschule der Populären Künste (hdpk) in Berlin and is a consultant for the award-winning creative studio OBLIQUE.
© Patrick Muller