Embark on a journey of 'imminent sounds'
By Tang Hsiang-yi, The China PostThe invitation to the opening of “Imminent Sounds: Falls and Crossings” (迫聲音— 音像裝置展) at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM, 台北市立美術館) contains a pair of paper 3D glasses, suggesting the use of digital technology plays a fundamental role in the exhibition that envelops viewers into a total immersion of image and sound.
October 7, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
Curated by James Giroudon, co-founder of the National Center for Musical Creations (GRAME) in Lyon, France, “Imminent Sounds” displays 18 sets of artworks, including sound, video, light installations and everything in between. For Giroudon, the exhibition is designed to take visitors through a “voyage” that goes from exuberance to a state of evanescence.
While most of the artworks seem to largely rely on the use of technology, Giroudon reminded all during last week's press event that the exhibition is not meant to show off cutting-edge technology, and that artistic realizations of abstract concepts still sit at the heart of the works.
Of the creators, Giroudon highlighted the quality of cross-disciplinary collaborations since most of the works are installations that require close teamwork and various proffesions like choreographers and composers. By providing visitors with new audiovisual experiences, the exhibition encourages reconsideration of matters that are taken for granted.
Frequent museum goers would probably recall another GRAME exhibition, “Mobility, Sounds and Forms” (形、音、異), three years ago at the TFAM. The exhibition manifested sound in extraordinary ways that transform the sense of dimension. This time, following the same path, “Imminent Sounds” proposes two more keywords: “falls” and “crossings.”