Listening: Curated by Sam Belinfante

Hayward Touring Curatorial Open

26 September 2014 - 11 January 2015

Artist Sam Belinfante will curate a pioneering exhibition that investigates the act of listening in contemporary art.

The exhibition will examine the crossover between the visual and the sonic and include a variety of media from drawings and sculpture to prints and video. Works will include Hannah Rickard’s clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap; an anechoic chamber by Haroon Mirza that silences the outside world; a new work by Laure Prouvost that choreographs a dialogue between lights and objects in the gallery space, as well as Prem Sahib’s throbbing inaccessible disco. Ed Atkins will make a series of new drawings and Cardiff and Miller will allow us to eavesdrop on a cabin in a forest, while Katie Paterson presents the almost inaudible sound of a dying star. Listening is the third in the series of Curatorial Open exhibitions, supporting the work of independent curators based in the UK.

Artists in the exhibition include: Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy and Carey Young.

Listening is a collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts; and Norwich University of the Arts.


Performance: Mikhail Karikis and Lina Lapelytė
Sunday 30 November / 16.00-18.00 / Level 1
£6 & £4.50 concessions* / BALTIC Member 10% discount

Mikhail Karikis will present his recent audio-visual performance 102 Years Out of Synch exploring the striking connections between the invention of sustainable energy production, Dante’s epic poem Inferno, the first Italian feature film, and the sonic imaginary of Hell.

Artist Lina Lapelytė has devised a new work for a specially selected all female choir of performers with low voices, arranging arias originally performed by castrato singers as well as composing new material. Lapelyte’s performance reflects upon femininity and gender as well as the figure of the castrato itself.

Hunky Bluff was commissioned by Serpentine Galleries, London as part of Park Nights 2014 and is being restaged for BALTIC with a new cast of performers selected from the North East.  Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Eventbrite - Performance: Mikhail Karikis and Lina Lapelytė

BxNU Respond: Listening
Thursday 11 December 2014 / 18.00–20.00 / FREE
BALTIC’s  project space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
BOOK FREE PLACE: baltic39.eventbrite.co.uk

BxNU Respond is an ongoing dialogue between current Northumbria University post-graduate students and PhD researchers and the exhibitions by artists and curators in BALTIC’s project space, BALTIC 39.

For BxNU Respond: Listening, two proposals were selected and further developed with curator Sam Belinfante to produce an evening of performances in response to Listening, the Hayward Touring exhibition at BALTIC 39.

Be My Master choir / A Response, A Chorus
Joanna Hutton, Ricky James, Fiona Larkin, Lily Mellor, Harriet Plewis, and Nicola Singh, with instruction from composer James Weeks

This event is for anyone who has experienced the mesmeric effect of the song on repeat; the need for the fix of the crescendo on a loop.
An incantatory group is formed from all of the artists who took the trouble to submit a proposal to BxNU Respond. A chorus comes together, to sing out individual lines from the proposals. A celebration of the optimism implicit in proposal making is recounted in the ensemble. From the proposals a soundsong is made, where the loop is king and a democratic erasure of the unique voice occurs through accretion. 

Phil Larry / HOW COME IT
HOW COME IT brings together artist and Northumbria University MFA student Phil Larry, with rockabilly trio, The Doggone Daddys for a one-off live event. Phil Larry interrogates the structure and format of both exhibition and gig, culminating in a standoff between artist as performer and art in situ – spontaneity and the premeditated.
American roots music, particularly rock and roll, is celebrated as playing an imperative part in the birth of the rebellious teenager during the 1950’s. Critics coined the term rockabilly – literally, meaning rock and roll played by hillbillies – to describe the intense, rhythm driven musical style. Who better to play us out than a band of misfits hailing from the mountains of Middlesbrough?

LISTEN with Sam Belinfante and Rhodri Davies
Friday 12 December 2014 / 15.00–16.00 / FREE
Start: BALTIC, Gateshead, Main Entrance
End: BALTIC’s  project space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
BOOK FREE PLACE: baltic39.eventbrite.co.uk
Join artist and curator Sam Belinfante and performer Rhodri Davies for a guided listening walk between BALTIC and BALTIC 39 resulting in a live event in and around the Listening exhibition. The walk is inspired by Listen, a body of work by the late American percussionist and artist Max Neuhaus.




Additional Information

The exhibition will tour to:
the Bluecoat, Liverpool Spring  2015 (dates TBC)
Site and Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery, Sheffield Summer 2015 (dates TBC)
Norwich University of the Arts Gallery 19 July – 17 October 2015


Talk: Sam Belinfante with Ed Atkins, Mikhail Karikis
Friday 26 September 2014 / 14:00-15:00
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne / FREE 
A chance to hear Sam Belinfante, curator of the latest Hayward Curatorial Open exhibition discuss Listening with three of its contributing artists. Booking Essential

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