"Look at the sky. Watch the clouds. Listen to their music."
Every now and then, until the end of the exhibition on July 5th 2020, She is going to publish a new recording and Polaroid of her cloud opera. You are welcome to listen to it when you see clouds in the sky. Clouds symbolize the beginning of time.
Conceived as a cross-room work, the radioplay "I look at the flower, the flower looks at me" is on the one hand a simple instruction for breathing and listening, on the other hand a kind of performance in which everyone who breathes, takes part. The radio play begins with the following words:
"You are in the Sympathetic Resonance exhibition, which will take place from March 1st to April 5th at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Maybe you are here, maybe you are listening from home or on the go. The exhibition may already be came to an end. Either way, you are now part of this exhibition. "
You can play the 18 minute audio recording directly and conveniently via the player below.
A special note applies to Ayumi Pauls video work Earth Rhythms also presented in the exhibition: it will be online once for 24 hours at the summer solstice on June 20.
In the video Earth Rhythms (Yellow Planetary Human) you can see and hear Ayumi Paul playing the violin in the Mexican jungle. This video is part of a series of films documenting the artist's ritual of listening to the rhythm of the rotating earth as the sun sets.
"The visible world disappears - but its movement is made audible to a certain extent. Ayumi Paul's film also shows how long you try to see in a culture in which the optical dominates before you concentrate on other forms of perception." and "One of the most beautiful films that have been seen for a long time." Niklas Maak wrote about it on April 19, 2020 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung am Sonntag.
With Sympathetic Resonance, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück presents her first institutional solo exhibition Sympathetic Resonance, which runs until July 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.