3 April – 30 June 2017
Premised upon the methodologies of ethnographic fieldwork, Matthias Sohr’s (b. 1980, Germany) artistic practice results in sculptures and installations that draw from technology and social sciences to reflect a wide range of research interests, from medical anthropology to “Bureaucracy Studies”. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the History of Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Matthias Sohr obtained a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland in 2013. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, Austria (2011-2012); Berlin University of the Arts, Institute of Spatial Experiments, Germany (2010). His work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Japan (2011) and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2014), among others.
Taking advantage of Singapore’s position as a science and technology hub, Sohr will dedicate his residency to refine existing strands of work and explore new ones. He aims to advance his research on the history, materials, and aesthetics of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and, also, to pursue his investigation into the accessibility of art spaces for the disabled. During the residency, Sohr will gradually transform his studio into a temporary space for the production of new sculptures and installations.
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.