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 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.
Since March 2019 women have been meeting regularly at Kunsthalle Osnabrück in order to sing and listen together, on an adventure towards the primal source of singing; to find one‘s own voice within. These meetings initiate the development of a fluid sculpture of female voices, which will form the heart piece of Ayumi Paul‘s solo exhibition "Sympathetic Resonance".
On a journey towards finding the roots of her own voice, the artist started to learn from a variety of teachers: from classical opera singers to experimental singers to women who use their voices in their healing practice and women who continue their cultural lineage through ancient singing rituals. The artist shares and practices the essence of her own learning process with the women coming to join the Singing Project. Her growing knowledge about voice is thus immediately passed on into a larger cycle.
“I look forward to every female voice that will become part of this project. The process shapes the composition which will continue to grow together with our voices. Each voice brings her own colours, holds her own space and simultaneously interweaves with all other voices into one grand and continuously transforming organic form.”
If you would like to join it is not necessary to have any prior experience of singing, music reading skills are also not needed. The meetings do not build chronologically and it is therefore possible to enter the project at all times and as often as one chooses.
All women are warmly invited.
An event of Kunsthalle Osnabrück in cooperation with the Friends of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück e.V. and the cultural office of the city of Osnabrück as part of this year's cultural extra "Klang" (sound). The Friends of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück e.V are funded by the Foundation of Sparkasse Osnabrück.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 6p.m.
on the second Thursday of the
month: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.