The Body Imitates the Landscape : a Frame

The Body Imitates the Landscape : a Frame | Adi Hollander, Claudio F Baroni & ensemble Maze
7 February / 14 March 2020
From February 7, Movement Exposed Gallery Space presents a project conceived on the cutting edge of different art disciplines and technology. Tailor-made to fit the compact space of the gallery, artist Adi Hollander has created an excerpt from her large-scale sound installation The Body Imitates the Landscape. By capturing one ‘frame’ as it were, the work offers spectators opportunities to engage the entire body as a listener. With The Body Imitates the Landscape, a Frame, Movement Exposed Gallery Space is zooming in on the range of ways audiences can undergo a work of art.

The Body Imitates the Landscape is an interactive sound installation in the shape of a playground that transforms music into vibrations and makes them felt throughout the body. Young and old, deaf and hearing people; everyone is welcome to join in and experience physical listening in this electronic garden of sound.

The project was inspired by Karada, an essay by Japanese author Michitaro Tada about the ‘theory of the body’. Adi Hollander has created a sensory experience that echoes the textual experience of reading the book.
Adi Hollander: “Every person, hearing or non-hearing, can experience music with their body. But hearing people don’t usually pay attention to the tactile sensations of vibrations. Taking my own hearing ‘limitations’ into consideration, I have created an interactive artwork that emphasizes the materiality of sound.”

The audience rests their body on specially designed inflatable modules with water mattresses or tactile wooden benches with speakers inside. Together they are arranged like a Japanese garden. Ripples of sound emanate audibly, physically and visually outward from these modules.

Claudio F. Baroni has written an hour-long piece for the MAZE ensemble in which whispered voices become music, reflecting the intimate relationship between audience, sound and object.

Adi Hollander

Co-founder of the Amsterdam-based artist initiative Public Space With a Roof active since 2003, she holds a MS degree in Art, Culture and Technology from the MIT. Hollander’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the Netherlands and internationally. In her work, she creates site-specific installations as places of exchange which take form of objects and sculptures that can be experienced simultaneously as interiors and exteriors. The source of this interest comes from Hollander’s fascination with the concept of time in the domain of architecture, as well as with the question of how form and structure allow spectators to actively develop the environments they are part of. Her projects are an attempt to embody a certain complexity of sensory experience, as an alternate form of knowledge about the senses and how we ‘read’ the world around us. An aspect of inquiry or doubt is introduced to leave the process of questioning open, and to allow for more questions to enter.

Claudio F Baroni

A composer specialized in experimental music, Baroni’s work can be described as a systematic approach oriented towards investigating the nature of sound and the passage of time. Since 2001 he has worked on numerous commissions for internationally renowned ensembles and projects, such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Maze Ensemble, Compagnie Bischoff, Maarten Altena Ensemble, VocaalLab, Asko Kamerkoor, The Barton Workshop, Modelo62, Nieuw Ensemble, Piano Circus, Opera Nova Ensemble, Champ d’Action, Ensemble Integrales, Arditti and Prometeo string quartet, among others. Baroni has also collaborated in many multimedia projects with artists from different disciplines including Reinaldo Laddaga, Fabian Marcaccio, Adi Hollander, Joost Rekveld, Prannet Soi and Ana Piterbarg, among others.
Recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy.
Baroni is based in Amterdam, he studied piano and sonology at the Universidad de Humanidades y Artes de Rosario, Argentina, and composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands with Gilius van Bergeijk, Clarence Barlow, Martijn Padding and Louis Andriessen.

Maze ensemble

is based in Amsterdam and dedicated to performing music that challenges the idea of a fixed form and fixed listening perspectives. They work with pioneering composers to develop open scores, hybrid notations and performances. Maze produces a yearly festival in addition to concerts, lectures, and discussion panels on the future of notation and composition. In the last few years, their focus has been much on the possibility of exploration of the possibilities inherent in using new media for the creation of notation and scores, as seen in the work of members Anne La Berge and Yannis Kyriakides. MAZE has collaborated with guest composers such as Christian Marcley, Annea Lockwood, Michael Pisaro, Okkyung Lee, Peter Ablinger, Barbara Ellison, and Alvin Lucier.  MAZE