Sounds / Codes / Images – Audio Experimentation in the Visual Arts
The exhibition of Prague City Gallery in the Stone Bell House offers a historical overview of art that depicts sound as an abstract phenomenon, from the beginnings of abstraction to the present day. Its main focus is to trace the most important trends in audio experimentation in the field of the visual arts, in the form of paintings or graphic scores as well as audio installations, acoustic objects, film, and multimedia projections. Through the selection of historical materials, it aims to show how sound acquires color and shape, how it becomes an object or architecture, and what psychological as well as physical and mathematical factors determine its visual form. The exhibition also presents works by artists who have, on either the local or international level, shifted the way we think about artistic experimentation.
Leading artists whose works will be shown at the exhibit include František Kupka, members of the Bauhaus, John Cage and members of Fluxus, various creators of graphic scores, Woody and Steina Vasulka, as well as other authors of audio objects and installations and artists working with acoustic ecology.
Milan Adamčiak, Karel Adamus, Alois Bílek, John Cage, Peter Cusack, Federico Diaz, Irena a Karel Dodalovi, Tomáš Dvořák, Luboš Fidler, Ken Friedman, Michal Gabriel (Růžena Zátková), Christina Della Giustina, Milan Grygar, Milan Guštar, Jolana Havelková, Vladimír Havlík, Pavel Hayek, Dick Higgins, Arne Hošek, Tomáš Hrůza, Martin Janíček, Joe Jones, Olga Karlíková, Michal Kindernay, Milan Knížák, Jiří Kolář, Rudolf Komorous, Petr Kotík, Milan Kozelka, František Kupka, Ladislav Kupkovič, František Kyncl, Peter Machajdík, Alex Mlynárčik, Manfred Mohr, Gordon Monahan, Monogramista T.D, Charlotte Moorman, Pavel Mrkus, Michal Murin, Morgan O’Hara, Opening Performance Orchestra, Nam June Paik, Štěpán Palla, Ben Patterson (a Jozef Cseres), Zdeněk Pešánek, Jan Pfeiffer, Alois Piňos + Dalibor Chatrný, Miroslav Ponc, Keith Rowe, Blahoslav Rozbořil, Pavel Rudolf, Jan Steklík, Jaroslav Šťastný (Peter Graham), Jiří Suchánek, Jiří Valoch, Jitka Válová, Tomáš Vaněk, Steina Vasulka, Woody Vasulka, Jolana Havelková + Lucie Vítková, Robert Vlasák, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Jan Wojnar.
curator Jitka Hlaváčková
in cooperation with Milan Guštar and Miloš Vojtěchovský