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    Ei Arakawa mit /with Christian Naujoks

    Let paintings sing
    16.07.2018 – 04.08.2018

    • Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster, 2017, music: Christian Naujoks, lyrics: Ei Arakawa and Dan Poston, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, photo: Henning Rogge
      Portrait photo: Kaori Nishida
      Medium/Media: Performance, painting, visual arts, music
      Location: Festung Hohensalzburg

      Language: English
      What to bring: Research material for your favourite painting; optional: musical instruments, if you want to play them. Your favourite artist material for working with.
      Requirements: None
      Maximum number of participants: 20
      Co-teacher: Christian Naujoks
      Participation fee: € 950,– (€ 710,–)


      This course is intended for painters, visual artists, performance artists and musicians/sound artists. Through music, I would like to explore the culture of painting, its past and future, its relevance in our time and society. You will be expected to choose one specific painting for extensive research. You will make a reproduction of that painting (i.e. paint a fake version, photocopy, etc). The researching process will be translated into a form of poetry and song, then that painting will sing the song based on your research.

      At the beginning of the course Ei Arakawa will demonstrate his research on the topic of “singing paintings”, which also includes his sculpture projects in Münster, where he has already been collaborating with Christian Naujoks, musician and co-teacher of the course. In a practical workshop, students will find out about how to engage with different strategies of music production and generating sound. http://cagrp.org/view/munster2017/ index.php?id=16242

      How does music relate to art? Does a painting have a voice? Where and to whom does a painting want to speak and sing? We will explore the various ways of how paintings can be activated outside the usual exhibition wall setting – allowing the painting to perform itself. Students may work individually or in groups. We could collectively reproduce the painting, and also collectively make a song. The last step might be that the students find a location in the city or in nature, document the activity and finally make a “music video” which will be shown at the Summer Academy and uploaded.