Ayumi Paul: Sympathetic Resonance


After having been trained as a classical violinist and performing in the most famous concert halls in the world, Ayumi Paul has also come into visual and performative art for several years. With Sympathetic Resonance, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück presents her first institutional solo exhibition Sympathetic Resonance, which runs until April 5, 2020.

Sounds and noises are central motifs in the works of Ayumi Paul. The intrinsic sound of bodies, material and environment is crucial for her conceptual approach to changing listening habits and developing the possibilities of hearing.

Ayumi Paul has been making the Kunsthalle Osnabrück sound through The Singing Project for about one year. Women regularly met with Ayumi Paul to practice free singing. A polyphonic, fluid sound sculpture has emerged from the joint project. For the duration of the exhibition, The Singing Project is transforming the nave of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück into an always singing place that invites all visitors to listen and sing along.

The installation Für Frieda consists of tatami mats made of dried grass. You can hear Partita No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach, which Ayumi Paul has been practicing for 25 years and that she plays for her 86-year-old grandmother, whom she has never heard playing before.

The same Partita No. 2 was engraved in real time in a lacquer plate in I was here, 20.02.2020. As in an archive, Ayumi Paul's entire practice experience is encoded. Measured as a distance in the room, a laquer cord as negative image of the recording is 678 meters long and can also be seen in the exhibition.

From the series of video works Earth Rhythms, a recording is shown in which Ayumi Paul plays in the jungle in Mexico with the passage of time and the rhythm of the earth.

The tone C sharp, which corresponds to the yearly movement of the earth around the sun, can be tuned in the maple sound sculpture with the title Unisono in a frequency audible for humans. The wooden sound body becomes the carrier of this sound and will change over the duration of the exhibition due to the regularly tuned vibrations.

The radio play I look at the flower - the flower looks at me is part of the exhibition and can be heard at any time on the website of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

The exhibition invites you to a far-reaching change of perspective by drawing attention through the artist's works to the fact that what we regard as an object is always a subject. Composed as a non-linear place of experience, the individual works in the exhibition are also interwoven. Time and cycle are recurring elements in the entire exhibition and giving becomes a central gesture of it. What can you give to other people? What can you give back to the elderly or pass on to future generations? How do present, past and future influence each other? How does a room change, which is constantly emerged into the sound of singing? What connects us?

Ayumi Paul (* 1980 in Gießen), composer, violinist and visual artist, lives in Berlin. She studied classical violin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and Indiana University (US) and played in renowned concert halls worldwide before devoting herself exclusively to independent artistic works that have been presented in international museums and galleries, most recently at Esther Schipper (2017), in the National Gallery Singapore (2018) and in the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris (2018).

The exhibition is funded by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and the Felicitas und Werner Egerland Stiftung. The Kunsthalle Osnabrück is supported by the Association of Freunde der Kunsthalle Osnabrück e. V.


Ayumi Paul: Origata. Pedestal, letters, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill.



Ayumi Paul: Origata. Pedestal, letters, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: Unisono. sound sculpture/instrument, maple wood, handmade, tuning fork, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: I was here, 20.02.2020. Record, 2020.
photo: Angela von Brill




Ayumi Paul: 678 Meter. Glass cube, acetate, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: Untitled. Fossilised fernystem and drawings, ink on paper, 2019.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: Für Frieda. Recording of Partita No. 2 for Solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, 34 min, tatami mats, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: Earth Rythms (Yellow Planetary Human). Video and audio through headphones, 28 min, 2020.
Photo: Angela von Brill



Ayumi Paul: Edition 50.1 "Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita No. 2 BWV 1004 (Auflage 28/50), Edition 50.2 "Eternal Love", inspired by Geoffrey de Lagasnerie (Auflage 14/50) and Edition 50.3 "GODDESSES" (Auflage 29/50) out of the series PROJECT 50. The first three editions out of a series of 50. The project accompanies the artist's life. Each edition appears in an edition of 50.

Photo: Angela von Brill




Kunsthalle Osnabrück

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49074 Osnabrück