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Friday 23 June 2020

18:00 - 20:00
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester (map)

Expo / Exhibition Launch Event:
Staalplaat Soundsystem / Helmut Lemke / Bob Levene

Marking the start of Expo Manchester, Sonic Art Network's annual UK festival of experimental music and sound art, Cornerhouse presents two new sound exhibitions from artists Helmut Lemke and Bob Levene, and the UK premiere of The Ultrasound of Therapy from Berlin-based sound/performance collective Staalplaat Soundsystem.

Staalplaat Soundsystem's installation The Ultrasound of Therapy gives visitors the chance to experience a unique personal sensory experience.  Inspired by the ancient French hospital 'La Salle des Malades', the installation mimics a clinical environment, complete with hospital beds and apparatus.  'Patients' will be treated by artist 'doctors' and 'nurses' with personalised sound therapies, ranging from therelaxing and energising to the disturbing.  In addition to the individual therapeutic sounds, an overall acoustic is created for the whole space, unifying it into one immersive sound installation.

Bob Levene experiments with the performative making of sounds, playfully exploiting the audiovisual medium to subvert audience expectations.  The Space Between: Experiments for Speakers continues Levene’s interest in sound and recording technologies. In this new work, jointly commissioned by Cornerhouse and Sonic Arts Network, Levene questions the real and the represented through a physical and often humorous performance to camera that challenges our relationship to sound, image and technology.

Helmut Lemke's new work KLANGELN VIII invites visitors to create their own sound pieces. 'Klangeln' are intriguing instruments that have been used by Lemke in various installations and performances since 1998.  A play on the German word for sound 'Klang' and fishing 'Angeln', Klangeln are created from fishing rods manipulated to behave as stringed instruments. For KLANGELN VIII, Lemke will create a site-specific work which utilises the ceiling space of Cornerhouse's Gallery 3.  Oversized bows will play across a number of strings which criss-cross above the heads of visitors. The Klangeln will be set in motion by visitors lifting the lid on boxes dispersed through the gallery.  Each box operates a different Klangeln, allowing visitors to act as conductors, consciously composing individual sound variations.

Exhibition runs from 23 June – 30 July

Cornerhouse Galleries opening times:
Tue - Sat 11.00am – 6.00pm
Thu 11.00am – 8.00pm
Sun 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Closed Mon

Exhibition produced in partnership with Cornerhouse.



Staalplaat Soundsystem

Bob Levene

Helmut Lemke

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