In the context of Matthias Sohr’s Studio Session, pianist Christina CL Tan and collaborators perform “Quiet”, a song taken from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide (1956), based on Voltaire’s eponymous novel and character. The story of Candide’s wandering the world and confronting its paradoxes can be read as an allegory of contemporary artistic research. Departing from “Quiet”, featured in his 4-channel-video installation No Doubt You’ll Think (2017) presented on occasion of Residencies OPEN last April, Sohr will discuss the place he is speaking from in regards to his sculptural work and related research. Tan’s remarks on the formal aspects of “Quiet” will stimulate discussion on the ways form and content relate to each other.
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
Matthias Sohr (b. 1980) obtained a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, Austria; Berlin University of the Arts, Institute of Spatial Experiments, Germany. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Japan and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany, among others.
Christina Tan Cheng Lian is a pianist, lecturer, and composer. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Theory minor from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has served on the music faculty of several universities in the USA. Currently, she lectures at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LaSalle College of the Arts, School of Contemporary Music, School of the Arts Singapore, and teaches masterclasses and workshops both in Asia and in the United States.
Image credit: Matthias Sohr, No Doubt You’ll Think, 4-channel-video installation, two posters, sound, dimensions variable, 2017. Residencies OPEN, Thursday, 27 April 2017, Residencies Studios.