Esther Schipper congratulates Ari Benjamin Meyers, who was named Artist in Residence at the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn.
As part of the newly formed cooperation between the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn (BOB) and the Bundeskunsthalle (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany), Ari Benjamin Meyers has been named Artist in Residence for the next two years. "We are very happy that several joint interdisciplinary projects with the BOB can be planned, beginning next spring. Our wishes and hopes are to learn together from one another, to be able to unexpectedly develop something different, as well as to invite or even integrate a wide audience and arouse new interest," says Dr Eva Kraus, director of the Bundeskunsthalle.
The residency's working title is "The Orchestra of the Future." Together with the orchestra members, Meyers will investigate the conditions of music-making, communication with the audience and the place of a symphony orchestra in the society of the 21st century.
Meyers' exhibitions, compositions and projects have been presented worldwide, including at the Paris Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Spring Workshop Hong Kong and the Lyon Biennale. In Germany, he has worked with diverse musical ensembles ranging from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to Einstürzende Neubauten, as well as at institutions such as Volksbühne Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, and OGR Turin. In recent years, his works have often taken place in public spaces. Most recently, he’s developed works for the art triennial Beaufort21 in Belgium, MAAT in Lisbon, and a large-scale city-wide project with The Curtis Institute of Music, Drexel University, and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia.
Further information on the Residency