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Spotlight: A Monthly Artwork Selection

Ari Benjamin Meyers, K Club, 2019

Exhibition view: Ari Benjamin Meyers, K Club, Blitz Club, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, 2020. Photo © Lenbachhaus
K Club, 2019
Performance, environment, neon sign, 2 12-inch LP vinyl records
Installation dimensions variable
Neon sign: 106 x 97 x 8 cm
Edition of 3
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It is not so much about the performance in and of itself or even the idea that we perform something for others, but much more the space that's opened up by this intersection between audience, musician, and music.

Ari Benjamin Meyers
Exhibition view: In Concert, OGR, Turin, 2019. Photo © Andrea Rossetti
K Club is a musical situation staged for one visitor only at a time. A neon sign marks the entrance to a dance club, the exhibition space is designed accordingly. The music track was composed by Ari Benjamin Meyers with Canadian electronica musician Deadbeat and takes the visitor on a condensed journey through an entire night out clubbing. By mixing two vinyl records of the same track, a unique score for each visitor is created live by the DJ. An important aspect of the work is the situation of waiting: visitors are randomly assigned a number; only if their number is called by the bouncer are they allowed in.

— Jörn Schafaff (Tacet in Concert, Corraini Edizioni, 2019, p. 6)
Exhibition view: Ari Benjamin Meyers, In Concert, OGR, Turin, 2019. Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Exhibition view: Ari Benjamin Meyers, In Concert, OGR, Turin, 2019. Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Although we're talking about social distancing and this performance seems to fit perfectly with the new hygiene regulations, it's actually more about the coming together of two people than it is about being apart.

Ari Benjamin Meyers
Exhibition view: Ari Benjamin Meyers, In Concert, OGR, Turin, 2019. Photo © Andrea Rossetti
 

K Club at MAAT, Lisbon

Exhibition view: Ari Benjamin Meyers, In Concert, OGR, Turin, 2019. Photo © Filippo Alfero
K Club: Reconstructing the Club
Performance by Ari Benjamin Meyers with Violet, DJ Tennis
Tejo Power Station
MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Lisbon
October 5, 2021, 11 am – 8 pm
www.maat.pt

On October 5th, the MAAT celebrates its fifth anniversary. On occasion of this celebration, Ari Benjamin Meyers will present a special iteration of K Club with two Lisbon-based DJs, Violet and DJ Tennis. The presentation is part of a day-long program of special events, an outdoor market in the gardens of the Tejo Power Station, and free entrance to both buildings, MAAT and Central.
 

Edition

Ari Benjamin Meyers
K Club, 2019
Vinyl record
Duration: 8:38 min
31,4 x 31,4 cm (sleeve)
Edition of 40
Signed and numbered

Further Information

Listen to an excerpt of K Club here
 

Reading Corner

Ari Benjamin Meyers<br>

Ari Benjamin Meyers

Tacet in Concert
2019
Publisher: Corraini Edizioni
Language: English

Available here

 
Ari Benjamin Meyers (b. 1972 in New York, United States) lives and works in Berlin.<br><br>Ari Benjamin Meyers’ work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. His conceptual projects and installations often draw attention to concrete details of music-making otherwise taken for granted and make tangible underlying conceptual operations.<br><br>Recent works have addressed music scores, forms and arrangements of musical instruments, concert settings, and gestures of performers and conductors. At the same time, his compositions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience, giving form to the practice of musicians and composers, and to musical structures in the context of visual art. <br>

Ari Benjamin Meyers (b. 1972 in New York, United States) lives and works in Berlin.

Ari Benjamin Meyers’ work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. His conceptual projects and installations often draw attention to concrete details of music-making otherwise taken for granted and make tangible underlying conceptual operations.

Recent works have addressed music scores, forms and arrangements of musical instruments, concert settings, and gestures of performers and conductors. At the same time, his compositions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience, giving form to the practice of musicians and composers, and to musical structures in the context of visual art.


Recents projects and solo exhibitions include: The Long Parade, Beaufort 21: 7th Beaufort Triennial, Flanders (2021); Forecast (Installation Version/Part 1), Urbane Künste Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen (2021); Solo for Ayumi, Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2020); Moscow Solos. Kunsthalle for Music, VAC Foundation, Moscow, (2019); Kunsthalle for Music, MCASB – Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, (2019); In Concert, OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin, (2019); Tacet, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, (2019); Kunsthalle for Music, Witte de With, Rotterdam, (2018); Changing of the Guard, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum, (2018); Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, (2017); An exposition, not an exhibition, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, (2017); Who’s Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention I), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, (2016).

Photo © Michael Chiu
 

Beaufort 21, Triennial

Ari Benjamin Meyers, The Long Parade, 2021. Performed at Beaufort 21: 7th Beaufort Triennial, Flanders, 2021. Photos © Kristien Daem
Ari Benjamin Meyers
The Long Parade
Beaufort 21
Various locations, Flanders
Through October 17, 2021
www.beaufort21.be

Final Date: October 17: Knokke - Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Heist

Part of the seventh edition of the Beaufort Triennial, Beaufort 21, The Long Parade, presented by Ari Benjamin Meyers, in collaboration with the walking orchestra "Die Verdammte Spielerei," will have its final performance on October 17th.

The Long Parade is a music-based durational performance inspired by the brutal history of the Belgian coast, memory and forgetting, and the children’s game "Telephone". Over the course of the summer, the Flemish fanfare band "Die Verdammte Spielerei" marched from the French-Belgian border in De Panne to the Belgian-Dutch border of Knokke, performing a new composition by Ari Benjamin Meyers over ten musical parades. For each performance, they were joined by a different local group of musicians that made their own adaptations of the piece and, in a ritualized manner, passed the music — and a specially commissioned flag — from one municipality to the next. This performance, in essence an evolving, moving rehearsal, continued throughout the summer months, undergoing further mutations. The final performance, and thus its finale, will take place in Knokke-Heist on October 17th.

With The Long Parade Meyers unites the identities and histories of the Belgian coastal municipalities in one new composition that, in getting adapted by all, celebrates collaboration and recognizes the individuality of each place, while at the same time highlighting the fog of memory as it pertains to the past – both recent and more distant.

Participation is free and open to the public.
 

Selected Press

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Party For One
By Stefan Sommer
Read here (DE)

"Learned behavior and learned pleasure are dissected into their component parts by "K Club", which at its climax recalls the euphoria of danced-through club nights, which nowadays seems far away: what remains of the rave, of the united frenzy, of the collective love frenzy is a tête-à-tête at a distance."

– Stefan Sommer on K Club at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 2021
 
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