Jacky Tsai

Golden Years
Jacky Tsai is a Chinese artist based in London. His inventive approach fuses traditional eastern artistic techniques and imagery with western Pop Art references to create an original style that seeks to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes.

Ryoji Ikeda

micro | macro
micro | macro transforms Hall E in the MuseumsQuartier into an oversized world of moving images and sounds. In his immersive installation, multimedia artist Ryoji Ikeda creates a field of imagination between quantum physics, empirical experimentation and human perception. In collaboration with nuclear scientists at CERN, Ikeda has translated complex physical theories into a sensory experience. The Planck scale is used by scientists to denote extremely small lengths or time intervals. Concepts like space and time lose their meaning beyond this scale, and contemporary physics has to rely on speculative theories. And on art. Visitors to micro | macro enter a world of data, particles, light and sound that makes the extremes of the universe perceptible to the eye and ear. In the micro world we penetrate the smallest dimensions of the unrepresentable, while in the macro world we take off into cosmic expanses that allow us to experience the infinite space beyond the observable universe. In this maelstrom of data, an acoustic and visual firework bridges the gap between theoretical understanding and sensual perception.

MARGOLIS BROWN

THE BED EXPERIMENT ONE

Witness as the covers are pulled back to reveal the rites and rituals of the untamable Homo Sapiens in its favorite nesting place — a giant bed! Like a bizarre nature documentary THE BED EXPERIMENT tracks four males and four females, who while confronting their deepest fears and desires, balance the witty and weird against the painfully true to life.

“As the piece proceeds, the focus shifts from mating rituals to the antics of lovemaking, from the battle of the sexes to baby worship, and from dreams of conquest to nightmares of disembowelment. The bed turns from the cradle of civilization into a hospital cot, from a sultry desert to a tundra of monsters. As the scenes evolve — the performance is a 60-minute continuum — the tone mysteriously oscillates between extremes of farcicality or pathos. How the performers effect these wondrous transformations is one of the Adaptors’ most singular professional secrets”. Alan M. Kriegsman

Albert Merino

The Present Condition

The landscapes of ‘The Present Condition’ derive from a journey of more than 15,000 km by land by the artist between the two geographical extremes of South America. The video is suffused with a surreal atmosphere, where real and imaginary spaces intersect. Concepts such as human intimacy, desire, work, the savage capitalism that builds cathedrals in the desert, the perverse bureaucracy and the construction of the border wall are just some of the elements that are mixed in a striking and suggestive mosaic of images.

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Rebecca Warren

She works with an eye to extremes – monstrous excess, alarming paucity – creating a variety of objects that exist somewhere on the continuum between pure fleshiness and pure cartoonishness. Warren’s heightened appreciation of the framing, placement and context of her works, combined with an exploration of materials’ hidden meanings can also be found in her wall-mounted vitrines.

Kurt Hentschlager

ZEE

Expérience immersive forte alliant approche méditative et implication physique, Zee s’inscrit dans le travail sur la représentation humaine et ses ressorts psychologiques poursuivi par Kurt Hentschläger. Une expérience qui se suit comme un véritable fil d’Ariane.Savez-vous vraiment ce que signifie faire l’expérience physique d’une œuvre numérique immersive ? Ceux qui ont eu la chance d’expérimenter le Feed de Kurt Hentschläger, plongée radicale au cœur d’une matière instable de brouillard artificiel dense, de lumières stroboscopiques et de fréquences sonores électroniques pulsatives répondront sans doute par l’affirmative. Pour les autres, l’épreuve de rattrapage ultime aura pour nom Zee, pièce rare et prolongement de Feed, présentée au Centquatre parisien dans le cadre de l’exposition Trouble Makers, fil rouge de Némo, le festival arts numériques d’Arcadi Île-de-France. Ancienne moitié du duo de défricheurs numériques extrêmes Granular Synthesis, Kurt Hentschläger cultive le goût des environnements déstabilisants et trouve dans Zee le dispositif déambulatoire idoine pour nous prêter au jeu. « Zee fait partie de la même série de travaux que Feed, mais en format installation », explique l’artiste autrichien basé à Chicago. « Zee fonctionne en mode huis clos, dans un espace totalement fermé. Dès que l’on entre, le brouillard est déjà là. Il remplit l’espace dans lequel vous êtes invitez à vous déplacer. Par rapport à Feed, où le public reste assis à un endroit précis, il y a donc davantage de flexibilité dans l’expérimentation du dispositif. Cette idée de déambulation dans l’espace induit un climat différent. C’est peut-être encore plus intimidant pour certains mais pour moi cela donne à Zee une connotation plus méditative. »Procéder à l’expérience nécessite véritablement de se prendre en main.

YMA SUMAC

chuncho
The Forest Creatures

In one live recording of “Chuncho”, she sings a range of over four and a half octaves, from B2 to G♯7. She was able to sing notes in the low baritone register as well as notes above the range of an ordinary soprano. Both low and high extremes can be heard in the song “Chuncho (The Forest Creatures)” (1953). She was also apparently able to sing in a remarkable “double voice“. “Chuncho” is a song of nature through the multiple voices that live in the rainforest